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Science Advances journal published a collective paper from Anthropology graduate students

Science Advances is one of the world’s premier journals. The student’s  paper was designed and implemented by Matt Napolitano, Beau DiNapoli, Jess Stone, Brian Lane, John O’Connor, Reecie Levin, and Nick Jew.

This paper was the result of a project that was started in the Island and Coastal Archaeology workshop four years ago. Click HERE to read thepaper on Science Advances.

They worked to compile and statistically analyze more than 2,400 radiocarbon dates from the Caribbean to help determine when dozens of different islands were first colonized. It involved contacting more than 100 individual researchers and labs, classifying each date based on the quality of information, and then building chronological models.

Matt, Jess, and Beau took the initiative to complete the project, with Matt taking the lead and pushing the project forward to completion. It could not have been done without his tenacity and enormous effort to pull everything together.

As a testament to how intense and involved this project was, the supplemental material alone was 1,200 pages long, which included figures, and extensive bibliography, datasets, and coding information.

They worked extremely hard to get this done and it clearly paid off when it was finally accepted to a top journal, which has a 90%+ rejection rate. Click HERE for a news story on this project and paper

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