Anthropology
Mosaic X-rays reveal Peruvian mummy mysteries

Mosaic X-rays reveal Peruvian mummy mysteries

Western researchers, including two undergraduate students, have become pivotal players in developing a mobile X-ray protocol that could transform how mummies are examined in the field.

Haiti ‘still in crisis’ 10 years after earthquake

Haiti ‘still in crisis’ 10 years after earthquake

When a 7.0 earthquake reduced Haiti to rubble, sparking one of the biggest international aid efforts in history, some experts predicted it would take the country a decade to get back to its feet. Far from recovering since Jan. 12, 2010, Haiti today faces more dire circumstances than ever, says a Western expert.

Beckett: Protesters demand change in Haiti

Beckett: Protesters demand change in Haiti

It is time for the international community, including the Canadian government, to stand with the Haitian people and call for Moïse to resign. Only then can the Haitian people begin to address the many other pressing problems their country faces.

Grad student explores roots on and off the ice

Grad student explores roots on and off the ice

Kalley Armstrong might justifiably boast about her pedigree – be it about her stellar hockey career with one of North America’s top college teams or as granddaughter of a Hockey Hall of Fame player. But even if hockey is in her DNA, boasting is not.

‘Voices’ exhibit earns Heritage honour

‘Voices’ exhibit earns Heritage honour

A Museum London exhibit led by Anthropology PhD candidate Bimadoshka Pucan, showcasing Anishinaabeg songs, stories and prayers of Saugeen First Nation residents Robert and Eliza Thompson, has been awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation.

Research details education’s role in independence fight

Research details education’s role in independence fight

For nearly 15 years, Anthropology professor Randa Farah has tracked the Sahrawi people of the Western Sahara, often living among them for months at a time to better understand their lives and struggle for independence.

Recording rediscovery brings past to life

Recording rediscovery brings past to life

Bimadoshka Pucan feels she was chosen to find the long-forgotten voices silenced in the basement of Museum London. “It came at a time when I was questioning my identity as a Saugeen person, my personal growth and how I looked at the world,” said Pucan, a Saugeen First...

Western celebrates top teaching talent

Western celebrates top teaching talent

Eighteen winners, representing five different faculties, have been awarded Western’s highest honours for inspiring active and deep learning. This year’s winners join a company of teachers nearly a quarter-century strong.

Prehistoric women could best today’s top athletes

Prehistoric women could best today’s top athletes

Prehistoric women had stronger arms than even today’s top female athletes, according to the first study to compare their relative bone strength. The women who lived 6,000 years ago worked so hard at repetitive upper-body labour every day, they developed strong muscles...

Exploring Canada’s oldest hockey stick

Exploring Canada’s oldest hockey stick

A Western anthropologist has scored a major assist in verifying the age of the oldest hockey stick known to exist – a piece of Canadiana that dates to the 1770s.

Iconic footwear may have been an historic pain

Iconic footwear may have been an historic pain

The iconic Dutch clog – or ‘klompen’ – may be one of the most recognizable symbols of the nation, but it also might have been a tremendous pain in the foot for rural citizens in the 19th Century, according to Western co-authored research. In 2011, Western Anthropology...

Alumnus’ bike lane blitz a viral hit in Toronto

Alumnus’ bike lane blitz a viral hit in Toronto

In just one day on the job, in less than two minutes, Kyle Ashley had issued six tickets – at $150 a pop – to drivers stopped or parked in bike lanes nearby the Eaton Centre along Toronto’s Shuter Street.

Brock honours Kanatawakhon-Maracle

Brock honours Kanatawakhon-Maracle

Anthropology professor David Kanatawakhon-Maracle, a scholar who has made it his life’s work to teach the Mohawk language, received an honorary degree during Brock University’s Spring Convocation, last week.

Research – not just science – at heart of Naylor Report

Research – not just science – at heart of Naylor Report

The recent release of the Naylor Report marked an important landmark in the development of the Canadian research ‘ecosystem,’ and it is appropriate for Western to “applaud federal re-investment in scientific research.” (Seize the moment: Western applauds federal...

A rumour at rest: Western researcher clears a king’s reputation

A rumour at rest: Western researcher clears a king’s reputation

Robert the Bruce was a warrior-king, hero, champion of Scottish independence. And not a leper. For almost seven centuries, the Scots have endured taunts that Robert the Bruce had leprosy, a disease that until recently, held a stigma unlike any other. Now, thanks to...