Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

Editor s Selections: Grave Goods, Mother-Fetus Burials, Taste, Ornaments, Hallucinations, And Fig Cakes


Featured in my column this week:

  • At Bones Don’t Lie, Katy Meyers discusses what we can learn from grave goods.

  • Kristina Killgrove examines biological and cultural processes of childbirth via the lens of mother-fetus burials at Powered By Osteons.

  • Can the ways we eat influence our ability to taste? Possibly. At Inkfish, Elizabeth Preston discusses the independent evolution of taste (or lack thereof) in animals.

  • At Originus, Cris Campbell urges caution when declaring artifacts as ornaments.

  • Can you trust what you think see? Always? At Genealogy of Religion, Cris Campbell discusses perceptual bias and hallucinations.

  • And finally, at Tropaion Nikolaos Markoulakis discusses the significance of fig cakes in a festival honoring Athena.

I'll be back next week with more from anthropology, philosophy, and research.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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