In the News



The Archaeologist And The Chemical Engineer. Matthew LaPlante, UnDisciplined Utah Public Radio. May 17, 2019. Listen down below!

Media Interviews

2,000-year-old Tattoo Needle Identified by Archaeologists. Krista Langlois, National Geographic. February 28, 2019.

Ancient Ink: The Story of Tattoos in North America. National Geographic History Magazine. July/August 2019.

Oldest Tattoo Tool in Western North America Discovered. Will Ferguson, WSU Insider. February 28, 2019. See also, the EurekAlert.

2,000-year-old Tattooing Needle Made from Cactus Spines Discovered in Utah. Hannah Osborne, Newsweek. February 28, 2019.

Artifact. Jarrett A. Lobell, Archaeology Magazine. May/June 2019.

Prickly Pear Cactus Needles Are Oldest Tattoo Tool in Western North America. Laura Geggel, Live Science. February 28, 2019.

Scientists Discover an Ancient Tattoo Tool Hidden Among Museum Artifacts. Sarah Sloat, Inverse. February 28, 2019.

Found: The Oldest Tattoo Needles in Western North America. Matthew Taub, Atlas Obscura. February 28, 2019.

Researchers Discover 2,000-year-old Tattoo Needle Made from Cactus Spines. Written by Sheena Goodyear. Interview on As It Happens, produced by Richard Raycraft, CBC Radio. March 1, 2019.

Oldest Tattoo Tool. Interview on KXL Radio in Portland with Grant Hill. March 1, 2019.

Descubierta una Herramienta de Tatuaje de Hace 2.000 Años en Utah (Estados Unidos). Alec Forssmann, National Geographic Spain. March 4, 2019.

WSU Student Discovers 2,000-year-old Tattoo Tool. Scott Jackson, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. March 4, 2019.

Así se Tatuaban los Indios Americanos Hace 2.000 Años. David Ruiz Marull, La Vanguardia. March 4, 2019.

أقدم أداة للوشم بأميركا الشمالية عمرها 2000 عام. Mohammed El-Said, Al Jazeera News Arabic. March 4, 2019.

A 2,000-year-old Tattoo Tool is the Oldest in Western North America. Bruce Bower, Science News Magazine. March 4, 2019.

Artifact from Bears Ears Region Identified as a Nearly 2,000-year-old Tattoo Needle — The Oldest Ever Found in Western North America. Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune. March 6, 2019.

2000 Year Old Tattooing Tool Found in Southern Utah. Fox 13 News KSTU. March 3, 2019.

WSU Graduate Student Discovers 2,000-year-old Artifact. Elayne Rodriguez, The Daily Evergreen. March 7, 2019.

Other Media Coverage

This is One of the Oldest Tattooing Needles in North America. Alex Fox, Science Magazine News. March 1, 2019.

2,000-Year-Old Tattooing Instrument Identified from Bears Ears Region. David Anderson, Forbes. March 1, 2019.

These 2,000-Year-Old Needles, Still Sharp, Are the Oldest Tattooing Instruments Found in the Southwestern U.S. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine Smart News. March 4, 2019.

The United States’ Oldest Tattoo Needle is an Inked-Up Cactus Spine. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics. February 28, 2019.

A 2,000-year-old Tattoo Needle Still has Ink on the Tip. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica. February 28, 2019.

This Surprisingly Simple Tool Is a 2,000-Year-Old Tattoo Gun. Mike Mcrae, Science Alert. March 1, 2019.

2,000-year-old tattoo needle found in Utah. Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk. February 28, 2019.

2,000-Year-Old Tattoo Tool Identified. Archaeology Magazine News. February 28, 2019.

Cactus Needle from Utah is Oldest Tattoo Tool in Western North America. Brittany A. Roston, SlashGear. February 28, 2019.

Ancient Artifact Unintentionally Discovered by Washington Archaeologist has ‘Great Significance’. Jennifer Earl, FOX News Channel Online. March 1, 2019.

2,000-Year-Old Tattoo Tool Found in a Washington Storage Closet. George Dvorsky, Gizmodo. March 1, 2019.

The Ancestral Puebloans Were Getting Tattoos at Least 2,000 Years Ago. UPI, Breitbart. February 28, 2019.

From Bears Ears in Utah, a 2,000-year-old Tattooing Tool is Rediscovered. Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing. March 4, 2019.

Rovers Search for Alien Life, A Sad Sloth and FarFarOut: This Week in Space and Science. Ashley Strickland, CNN International Online. March 2, 2019.



Media Interviews

Preserving WSU History. Cheryl A. Reed, Graduate Students in the News. April 1, 2019.

Website Brings WSU’s History to Life. Cody Schoeler, Daily Evergreen. January 10, 2018.

If These Walls Could Talk, College of Arts and Sciences’ Story Hub. January 2, 2018.

Website Provides First Comprehensive History of WSU Pullman Campus, WSU Insider. December 18, 2018.



Media Interviews

The Food of Love. Paula Neely, American Archaeology Magazine. December 2018.

Keeping the Beat: Turtle Shells Served as Symbolic Musical Instruments for Indigenous Cultures. Kathleen Haughney, Florida State University News. September 5, 2018.

Not Food Scraps After All: Turtle Shells as Native American Musical Instruments. Amy Beringer Smith, NewHistorian. September 8, 2018.

Turtle Shells Served as Symbolic Musical Instruments for Indigenous Cultures. Kathleen Haughney, September 5, 2018.