About Western Digs

Western Digs is a science news site that investigates the archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology of the American West.

I’m Blake de Pastino, a science journalist who has worked for YouTube’s SciShow and National Geographic News, among other places, and I created Western Digs because I’m passionate about exploring the West and examining how science can help us understand history.

WD’s reporting has been cited by Newsweek, NPR, Smithsonian magazine, The Daily Beast, Discovery News, RealClearScience, Archaeology magazine, and many other sources.

Western Digs focuses on peer-reviewed research as well as developments in policy, politics and popular culture as they affect the West’s natural and cultural resources.

I think understanding the past is key to making sense of the present, and making decisions for the future. I hope you enjoy WD and come back soon.

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  1. Karen

    Thanks! A lot.

  2. Debra

    Love Western Digs

  3. Josie

    looking forward to it!

  4. Nicolas Fredricey

    Very nice!

  5. John Wyatt

    Fascinating story

  6. Laurie

    Subscribe, please

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    Looks awesome

  8. Melanie

    Sign me up, please

  9. Peter Faris

    I sure wish that material here was more frequent and regular. I love it though.

  10. Briar Lee Mitchell, EdD

    I would like to get the newsletter please.

  11. Kevin

    Why haven’t there been any new articles in months?

  12. Guy Sitton

    Very nice site

  13. Mike

    Love Western Digs. Very informational and easy reading. Can I print articles without the ads in them?

  14. Ken

    Excellent journalism, presented very well, very informative, great pictures as well.

  15. James sievers

    Western Digs is highly informative.

  16. Liz

    Love what you do!

  17. Chris

    Hi, I wondering if denotherium fossils have ever been found usa

  18. Barbara Kasch

    Great info. Thanks.

  19. Sandy Ebling

    looking forward to reading more.

  20. Dana Smith

    Just found you and looking forward to reading more great articles. Thanks

  21. Carl Moore

    This was found by a friend in Arkansas,it is about14 inches long and 8 inches high. It was found in a quarry. Can you help us know what it is?

  22. Corey Wolfe

    I really enjoy your site!

  23. Dean Yager

    I absolutely love that I live in a time with access to well curated science like this site. Thanks