Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

Editor s Selections: Plants, Ancient Homes, Amazonia, Stick Figures, Death, And The Plague


Featured in my column this week:

  • First, a fantastic discussion that encompasses our relationship to the environment and the importance of local knowledge: visit Safari Ecology to learn about the importance of the plant Commelina to the Maasai.

  • The hop over to Originus to learn how archaeologists identify dwelling sites in the absence of physical remains.

  • While we’re talking about space, Up and Down in Moxos investigates new claims that pre-Columbian Amazonia was a pretty happening place.

  • Now is a good time to pause and play a game — of pictionary! And while you’re atInkfish, you’ll learn how researchers evaluate cave drawings and assign meaning to the images.

  • There are no fun and games at Bones Don’t Lie, but there is a great discussion on dressing for the after life — you might want to carry your own make-up brushes though.

  • While your mindset is dark, stop at Contagions and learn how the plague became so deeply linked to the atmosphere and ethos of the period.
  • 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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