POPATH Hot Buttered Humanity
With a subtitle like that, I’m either going to love it or hate it. I love it. It’s as eclectic as the mind of an anthropologist. Check it out.
“PopAnth translates anthropological discoveries for popular consumption. Academia does a lot of good work researching, decoding and understanding human societies – past and present. We discover all kinds of really cool stuff about human nature and culture. Anthropology can help us understand who we are as individuals and as a global society.
However, our discoveries are often locked away in academic journals. We take anthropology’s collective knowledge and translate it for mainstream audiences, much in the way that popular science books, tv shows and trivia quizzes make even the hardest of sciences accessible. We strive to provide you with the best of anthropology in a format that makes you go, ‘Wow! I didn’t know that!’ Our cross-cultural stories aim to help you discover things about yourself and the world you live in.
Welcome to the anthropocene!”
AND… They’re looking for contributors. Maybe YOU can create something to contribute to the anthropological blogging world.
When I saw the title, I actually thought this was a Stephen Jay Gould tribute site. Turns out that this is a great summation of EVOLUTION, EDUCATION, MEDIA, and other things SCIENCE.
“The Panda’s Thumb” is many things…
… And now it is a weblog giving another voice for the defenders of the integrity of science, the patrons of “The Panda’s Thumb”.
Keep up on education and evolution with the Panda’s Thumb.
Portales Daily News. Note that there was no “Clovis” cultural group yet…\
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Interesting news from the genetics world. We’re slowly building a clearer picture of early Americans.
“A new genetic study of South American natives, published on the journal PLOS Genetics, provides scientific evidence to reformulate the traditional model and define new theories of human settlement of the Americas” from a new article by Professor Daniel Turbón, from the Department of Animal Biology of the University of Barcelona.
“This new research is based on the analysis of male Y-chromosomal genetic markers in about one thousand individuals, representing 50 tribal South American native populations.”
The annual Cynthia Irwin Williams Lecture will be from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, in Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. It is free and open to the public.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Catherine Cameron, professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado. She works in the northern part of the American Southwest focusing especially on the Chaco and post-Chaco eras (A.D. 900-1300).
Her research interests include prehistoric migration, the evolution of complex societies through the study of regional social and political systems, methodology of defining social boundaries in the past, and prehistoric architecture.
She works in southeastern Utah at the Bluff Great House, a Chacoan site and in nearby Comb Wash, and published a monograph on this research in 2009 (Chaco and After in the Northern San Juan, University of Arizona Press). She also studies captives in prehistory, especially their role in cultural transmission.
She published an edited volume on this topic in 2008 (Invisible Citizens, Captives and Their Consequences, University of Utah Press). She has been co-editor of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory since 2000.
For more information, call Andrea McDowell at 575.562.2696.
- The Bluff Great House and the Chaco Phenomenon
Catherine M. Cameron
University of Colorado
Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lecture, February 8, 2013
The Bluff great house site is located on the San Juan River in southeastern Utah. It was the focus of six seasons of excavation research conducted by the University of Colorado (CU). Bluff had some involvement with Chaco Canyon, the great Pueblo center of the 9th to 12th centuries and is one of the few Chacoan sites in this region to have been recently excavated.
The location, in use since at least A.D. 500, saw the construction of a multi-storied Chacoan great house, great kiva, earthern “berm,” and prehistoric road segments in the late 11th or early 12th centuries. The great house continued to be used (perhaps most intensively) during the post-Chaco era until about A.D. 1250.
Southeastern Utah contains a number of Chaco and post-Chaco great house communities and CU also conducted survey and test excavations at the Comb Wash community about 25 miles north of Bluff. Our primary research questions focused on Bluff’s relation to the complex developments in Chaco Canyon and the nature of post-Chaco use of great houses both at Bluff and Comb Wash.
This presentation highlights some of the remarkably Chaco-like aspects of the Bluff great house, and presents surprising continuities at the site after the Chaco region collapsed. In contrast, the post-Chaco great house at the Comb Wash community has a number of Chaco-like features, but others that recall typical construction throughout the northern San Juan region.
Bluff and Comb Wash are used to explore and evaluate current models of the Chaco regional system.
Reading List If You Want to be Prepped for Lecture
Cameron, Catherine M.
2009 Chaco and After in the Northern San Juan: Excavations at the Bluff Great House. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
Kantner, John, and Nancy Mahoney (editors)
2000 Great House Communities across the Chacoan Landscape. University
of Arizona Press, Tucson.
Lekson, S. H.
1999 Chaco Meridian. Altamira Press, Walnut Creek, California.
2009 A History of the Ancient Southwest. School for Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe.
Lekson, S. H. (editor)
2006 The Archaeology of Chaco Canyon: An Eleventh-Century Pueblo Regional Center. School of American Research Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2007 The Architecture of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.
Mills, Barbara J.
2002 Recent Research on Chaco: Changing Views on Economy, Ritual, and Society. Journal of Archaeological Research 10(1): 65–117.
Reed, Paul F
2008 Chaco’s Northern Prodigies: Salmon, Aztec, and the Ascendancy of the Middle San Juan Region after A.D. 1100. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake.
Van Dyke, Ruth
2008 The Chaco Experience: Landscape and Ideology at the Center Place. School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe.
REBLOGGED FROM LIVING ANTHROPOLOGICALLY
Anthropology is the worst college major for being a corporate tool, best major to change your life
From Florida Governor Scott’s we don’t need anthropologists to Frank Bruni singling out anthropology in the New York Times, I’m tired of playing defense. We’ve worked hard to get to #1. Anthropology is the worst college major for being a corporate tool. If going to college is only measured by the job you will take immediately after college, then please choose one of Kiplinger’s 10 best college majors for a lucrative career or one of Forbes 15 Most Valuable College Majors. Please don’t become an anthropology major!