By: Jess Howe
Most of us have heard of The Seven Wonders of the World. The reason they're "Wonders" is just that: these structures are truly amazing. The Hanging Gardens, for instance, were built around 600 B.C. According to the historian Diodorus, they were built on terraces...
By: JD Plourde II
With such an emphasis on dates, most history classes will have difficulty pinning down the actual start or end of the Mesolithic Era or the middle stone age. Much of the difficulty lies in geography with settlements of humanity in Ireland and Scotland reaching specific...
By: Roy C Dudgeon
Appropriate Cultural Scale Theory: An IntroductionCultural scale theory is a theoretical orientation in the social sciences, which has especially been popularized by cultural anthropologists. In essence, scale theory focuses upon just that-the scale at which social, economic and political systems are organized, and the characteristics...
By: Phillip Ellis - 361472
A British perspective.The disgusting conclusion to the court case in Northern Ireland that has found no one guilty for the Omagh bombing, some nine years after the atrocity, has bought DNA evidence under the microscope, if you like, once again. In this case it...
By: Roy C Dudgeon
Introduction to Political Economy: Modes of ProductionIntroduction:"Political economy could...be distinguished from neoclassical economics, which represented a shift in concern from the wealth of nations' to the price of beans, from value as determined by labor time to price as determined by markets" (Roseberry 1988:162)...
By: Roy C Dudgeon
Introduction to Food Procurement Systems:Food is the most basic necessity of life for any human society. The means by which a particular culture goes about acquiring food is referred to as its "food procurement system," or "subsistence system" in the anthropological literature. Cross-cultural research...
By: Roy C Dudgeon
Current Data Concerning the Settlement of the Americas:I often introduce my lectures on this topic by having my students read an article I lifted from the Internet from a site called "LiveScience" with the provocative title, "First Americans May Have Been European" (Carey 2006). It's...
By: Roy C Dudgeon
The Four Subfields of the Discipline of Anthropology: In North America it is widely agreed that there are four different specializations within the larger discipline of anthropology, each of which studies different aspects of the human condition (though the programs of specific universities may not...
By: Roy C Dudgeon
The Anthropological Perspective: The Concept of CultureAs a social science discipline, much of what anthropology studies, and particularly cultural anthropology and archeology, is related to a core concept within the discipline of anthropology. This is the concept of "culture."But what is culture? After all...
By: Roy C Dudgeon
The Anthropological Perspective: What Makes It Unique?The concept of culture is anthropology's key concept. Besides the culture concept, however, anthropology also has various other distinctive ways of thinking about the world or about human cultures and societies. Of course this is true of any...

 

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