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PRESS & MEDIA
I have been fortunate that my research has, from time to time, attracted press coverage over the years. A few noteworthy examples are included below, but a more complete list of news stories and media appearances can be found in my CV.
OBSIDIAN CLIFF: HUMANITY’S TOOL SHED FOR THE LAST 11,500 YEARS
The New York Times
"X-ray technology has allowed researchers a glimpse at the reaches of the Yellowstone landmark’s prized stone and its importance to Indigenous people"
WHO WERE WE AND WHAT WERE WE THINKING? A RETURN TO OFFICES FROZEN IN TIME
The Washington Post
"Ellery Frahm is an archaeologist who unearths artifacts spanning half a million years of human history, all around the globe. But he recently unearthed a perplexing ancient artifact close to home. It was a Post-it note from last March, recovered from the debris of his Yale University office."
THE REAL DRAGONGLASS: NOT JUST THE STUFF OF FANTASY, OBSIDIAN CHRONICLES OUR DEEP PAST
"Shiny and sharp, obsidian is enjoying a bit of a pop culture moment. It plays a central role in HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, now wrapping its final season. In the real world, the volcanic glass reveals the human story in a way no other material can."
DIGS REVEAL STONE-AGE WEAPONS INDUSTRY WITH STAGGERING OUTPUT
"Under a cloudy winter sky, the eastern slope of Mount Arteni has the dull monot feet, its spare crest is dwarfed by the snow-capped 13,419-foot summit of nearby Mount Republic of Armenia. The only signs of life are ragged clumps of wild grass, bent horizon Caucasus."
ARCHAEOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY: RAPID DIGGERS
"A team led by Ellery Frahm from the University of Sheffield has found a way to pinpoint the source of artifacts made of obsidian, a glassy rock formed after volcanic lava hardens, on the spot, in ten seconds."
A KING’S OVERREACHING, TRACED IN BLACK GLASS
The Wall Street Journal
"Because sources of obsidian are few and far between, obsidian artifacts are considered some of the earliest evidence of commerce: Long-distance movement of obsidian, even hundreds of thousands of years ago, suggests the early stirring of true trade."
YEAR IN SCIENCE
"Here are five of the year's leading themes... The methods available to archaeologists today would make Indiana Jones green with envy. 'I go out and do archaeology with a ray gun,' Ellery Frahm told LiveScience. 'It doesn't get more sci-fi than that.'"
ARCHAEOLOGISTS TODAY MAKE INDIANA JONES LOOK LIKE ANCIENT HISTORY
"From X-ray guns that can identify an artifact's chemical makeup to ground-penetrating radar that can detect buried pyramids, the technologies used to study ancient human civilizations are anything but ancient. 'Like all technology, we get this faster, smaller, better trend,' said archaeologist Ellery Frahm of the University of Sheffield in England."
GLASS ACTS FROM AN ANCIENT WORLD
"It's sharper than a scalpel, paved the way from one of the world's earliest empires – and is now at the heart of pioneering research. Rachael Clegg talks to Dr Ellery Frahm about his discoveries."
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