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Posts tagged with "Anthropology"

  • Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States
    James C. Scott


    Hunters and foragers thrived while early agrarian societies struggled, argues an anthropologist

    When the first domesticated plants and sedentary communities appeared roughly 12,000 years ago, humans had already logged some 190,000 years as hunters and foragers. Yet the standard narrative of human progress begins with relatively recent agrarian societies. Often what we find most worthy of noting in our histories of early societies are irrigation projects, drained… Read More
  • Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World of the Bushmen
    James Suzman


    A community of Kalahari hunter-gatherers struggles to find their way in a changing world

    In 1966, the Chicago-based anthropologist Marshall Sahlins challenged the widely held assumption that hunter-gatherers lived a life of hard work and constant struggle. On the contrary, he argued, Bushmen and other traditional hunter-gatherers are affluent because their needs are easily satisfied. James Suzman’s new book, Affluence Without Abundance, is a well-written narrative and personal refle… Read More
  • Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-Created
    Patrick E. McGovern

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    Ancient Brews

    Over the course of a long career, Patrick McGovern has become an archaeological celebrity of sorts, collaborating with researchers around the world to analyze humanity’s chemical footprints—most famously, those we leave behind in the pursuit of fermentation. In the introduction to Ancient Brews, McGovern describes our search for a good nip as essentially a biological… Read More
  • Built on Bones: 15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death
    Brenna Hassett

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    PODCAST: Q&A with archaeologist Brenna Hassett, author of Built on Bones

      From new diseases and physical dangers to subtle changes to our stature, humanity’s shift from hunter-gatherers to city dwellers has brought with it a host of bodily consequences. This week on the Science podcast, archaeologist Brenna Hassett describes what ancient remains and artifacts can reveal about how metropolitan life has wreaked havoc on our… Read More
  • ¡Cuba!
    Ana Luz Porzecanski and Chris Raxworthy, curators

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    An immersive exhibition introduces visitors to Cuba’s rich culture and biodiversity

    The passing of Fidel Castro brought renewed popular attention to Cuba, a nation whose turbulent history continues to spark passionate debate. Unlike its political history, however, the vast ecological and cultural richness that thrives in Cuba is relatively lesser known; so, too, is the challenge of conserving these resources in the wake of climate change. Read More