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Hartwick College's Dr. David Anthony and others at the first site excavation in 1999.

Hartwick’s Anthony Included in Archaeology Magazine for Discovery and Research

September 4, 2013

Hartwick College Professor of Anthropology Dr. David Anthony and his wife and research partner, Dorcas Brown, have been named in the national magazine Archaeology for their recent research and archaeological discoveries. These findings were made when excavating the Bronze Age site of Krasnosamarkskoe in Russia's Volga region.

"We found a unique Bronze Age winter-season sacrifice of dogs and wolves - probably connected with the initiation of boys into warrior bands, dated about 1900-1700 BC," said Anthony.

After uncovering bones and other artifacts, Anthony and Brown studied the languages and mythologies of the time period in order to learn more about the items they had discovered.

According to Archaeology: "Anthony has spent much of his career trying to convince his colleagues that the efforts of linguists and mythologists shouldn't be ignored. 'I'm interested in combining linguistic and mythological evidence with archaeological evidence,' he says. 'These roots contain information about kinship, systems of honor, systems of debt, lordship, and feasting. We ought to be mining this vocabulary to figure out what was going on in their minds.' So, without consulting these linguistic sources, many archaeologists would have been satisfied simply knowing the dogs were sacrificed. But Brown and Anthony's passion for bringing linguistic evidence to bear on archaeological discoveries made them go deeper. 'I think it's lucky that we were the ones who excavated the site,' says Anthony."

Anthony specializes in the archaeology of both North American prehistoric Native Americans in the northeastern woodlands; and the prehistoric cultures of the Eurasian steppes and eastern Europe. He is the curator of the Anthropology Collections in Hartwick's Yager Museum of Art & Culture, and has served as the director of the Institute for Ancient Equestrian Studies (IAES) since 1994.

Brown holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies. She co-authors site reports and laboratory studies and co-directs field excavations with Anthony. The two have co-authored many journal articles and collaborated on many field excavations.

A full account of the dog and wolf winter sacrifices will be be contained in the final report on their excavations, which is pre-listed here: https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/node/536.

For additional information, visit www.archaeology.org or contact Anthony at 607-431-4862 or at anthonyd@hartwick.edu.

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