Marja-Leena Rathje
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island hopping '13, day 2

One reason we stayed at Campbell River the first night of our island hopping holiday was that we wanted to visit Quadra Island, a short ferry ride away. Some years ago when I was researching rock art around British... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/09/2013 | 12 comments
themes: Anthropology, Canada and BC, Culture, Rock Art & Archaeology, Travel


DNA study in BC

A groundbreaking genetic study led by a team of U.S. and Canadian anthropologists has traced a direct DNA link between the 5,500-year-old remains of an aboriginal woman found on a British Columbia island, a second set of ancient female... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/07/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Anthropology, Canada and BC, Ethnicity, History


the Finnish language

A talk about the Finnish language

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Sámi cultural heritage project interesting, informative and beautifully designed website: Recalling Ancestral Voices, concerning the repatriation of Sámi cultural heritage.

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the call of our past

I keep thinking about my deep fascination for my own origins, of the origins of the Finno-Ugrics, and of all humans. I'm understanding more and more that this is at the very root of my fascination and passion for the traces left behind by these early people...

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Marja-Leena | 20/04/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Anthropology, Being an Artist, Rock Art & Archaeology


Ancient Human Footprints

This is a fascinating discovery: "About 20,000 years ago, humans trekked along the margins of a shallow lake in Australia, leaving behind records of their passage in the soft, wet sand. In 2003, an aboriginal woman who is likely... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/10/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Anthropology


the human journey

I've been happily lost in my travels through the pages of the Atlas of the Human Journey. I'm always fascinated to learn more about the amazing migration of humans from Africa to all the far corners of the earth.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/08/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Anthropology, Culture, History, Rock Art & Archaeology



One example of the rock art in the Wits University collection, which is probably the largest in the world (Image: Origins Centre) From the City of Johannesburg comes this exciting news for archaeology and anthropology fans like me: Origins... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/04/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Anthropology, Rock Art & Archaeology


World Myths and Legends in Art

Detail of birds, Malagan Pole 19th century Papua New Guinea "Myths are stories that explain why the world is the way it is. All cultures have them. Throughout history, artists have been inspired by myths and legends and have... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/09/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Anthropology, Culture, Folk Legends & Myths



This is my monogram in cuneiform the way an ancient Babylonian might have written it. See what yours looks like at Write Like a Babylonian. With my interest in petroglyphs and pictograms, I was fascinated to learn that "Pictograms,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/07/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Anthropology, Rock Art & Archaeology



I occasionally visit and explore PrimitiiviNet, an interesting website about archaeology and anthropology news, articles, books, and links to other related sites. It is written in a slightly disconcerting (to non-Finns) mix of English and Finnish by a Finn, Pekka... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/06/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Anthropology, Rock Art & Archaeology


Journey of Mankind

"Who were our ancestors? From where did we originate? If we came out of Africa, what factors governed our routes? And when? Now finally this interactive map reveals an exciting journey of opportunity and survival, confirmed by genetic science... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/06/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Anthropology, Rock Art & Archaeology


prehistoric art and us

Wandering through some old book-marked articles, I came across a very interesting old one (2003) that seems very timely so soon after my Creswell Crags post. In Taking shape: Prehistoric art and us Victoria James discusses what prehistoric art... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/04/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Anthropology, Rock Art & Archaeology


Becoming Human

Are you a bookmarker like me? When I come across some interesting web sites that I don't have time to read in depth at that moment, I'll save it into a temp folder. The list gets rather long, so... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/02/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Anthropology, History, Rock Art & Archaeology


Douglas Curran and Nyau

Douglas Curran, Ndapita ku Maliro (Nkhuku Mutsekele) I'm going to the Funeral, Lock up the Chicken (scanned from invitation) Another very interesting and very worthwhile exhibition we went to see on Sunday afternoon (yesterday) after the visit to the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/02/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Anthropology, Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Photography


archaeology & anthropology books

As my dear readers know, I'm fascinated by archaeology and anthropology. So, this article in the Guardian caught my eye: Michelle Paver's favourite books on archaeology and anthropology. All the listed books, some new to me, make me greedy... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/11/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Anthropology, Books, Rock Art & Archaeology