Anthropology roundup: Savage Minds blog is 7 years old now, ancient tablet uneartherd in Turkey and more…

Now we are seven

from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by Rex
This week Savage Minds turns seven years old.
It?s been a great, tumultuous seven years. Although regular readers may not know it, behind the scenes we at Savage Minds have contemplated closing down the blog numerous times, mostly because it is so much trouble to keep posting things to it. But blogging is a habit that?s hard to quit, and so we stumble on.


Regional traditions of ethnographic writing

from media/anthropology by John Postill

There?s a lively #anthropology debate on over at the collective blog Savage Minds. Do check it out! Here?s my tuppence worth (as posted in the comments section):

Ancient tablet unearthed in Turkey. Credit: John MacGinnis/Cambridge University


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Unknown language discovered in tablet from the Governor?s Palace in Tu?han

from Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog by Dienekes

The Independent covers this:

Archaeologists have discovered evidence for a previously unknown ancient language ? buried in the ruins of a 2800 year old Middle Eastern palace.

4,000 year old rock art from Mongolia

from Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog by Dienekes
4000-year-old rock art discovered in Mongolia
Eighteen rock art sites dating back over 4,000 years have been discovered by archaeologists in northern China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

New Issue of AE Features Occupy Movement

from American Anthropological Association by Joslyn O.

Read the latest issue of American Ethnologist available now!

Excavation to restart in ancient Neolithic site of Göbeklitepe

from Hurriyet Daily News
Şanlıurfa?s Göbkelitepe, which is known as the oldest human-made religious structure and called…

Anthropology of this Century

from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by Adam Fish
I had the pleasure of interviewing Charles Stafford, Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, about his new anthropology journal Anthropology of this Century. Click below to read the interview.


News from money games research

from An Anthropologist Goes Techno by Jukka Jouhki
India, Korea and – gambling. Those have been the three subjects of my research for the last five years. The connection between the three in my research has been the fact that they have dealt with the new media culture. In India I studied mobile phones, in Korea mobiles and internet, and in gambling especially online poker. My gambling culture research received a boost a few weeks ago when I got a grant from the Finnish Foundation for Gaming Research. According to my research plan, I will eventually write a book about online poker as a cultural phenomenon. The book will include most of my research up to date, extended revisions of my columns for Poker Magazine and Pokerilehti as well as a year-long online gaming diary of a gambling rookie – me. In the meantime, if you are interested in gambling research, you can read one of my latest publications on poker.

Neuroanthropology, Applied Research, and Developing Interventions

from Neuroanthropology by daniel.lende
I am about to get the final version of a special issue on ?Neuroanthropology and Its Applications? to the publisher. That special issue, as well new things I have read over the past few weeks, have prompted some thoughts on how neuroanthropology can put together a framework for developing programs and interventions.

Headbanging Anthropologist Takes Us Through the World of Heavy Metal in 2005 Documentary

from Open Culture by cjmarshall

Anthropology?s Suicide?

from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by Adam Fish
Anthropology is ?determined to commit suicide? said David Graeber.
To salvage the discipline Graeber encourages you to abandon building theory from Western philosophy. He provokes you to draw theory from your ethnographic experience. He writes:
Image Caption: Abri Castanet blocks from Peyrony excavations. (A) Vulvar engravings. (B) Juxtaposition of engraved ?phallus? and an ?anneau? gouged into the block?s surface. (C) Bichrome painting. (D) Vulvar engraving and cup marks. Credit: White et al.
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Anthropologists Discover World’s Earliest Known Wall Art
?Early Aurignacian humans functioned, more or less, like humans today,? said New York University anthropology professor Randall White, one of the study’s co-authors. ?They had relatively complex social identities communicated through personal


Anthropologists Write For The Huffington Post

from American Anthropological Association by Joslyn O.

Have you read what AAA members are writing about on The Huffington Post? There are more than 40 AAA members who are contributing to the AAA Huffington Post blogthroughout this year on a variety of anthropological topics.

Behind the TIME Cover: Most Human Societies Don’t Get Our Breastfeeding Hang-up
Discover Magazine (blog)
Eric Michael Johnson has a master’s degree in evolutionary anthropology focusing on great ape behavioral ecology. He is currently a doctoral student in the history of science at University of British Columbia looking at the interplay between

The artist as anthropologist
“I have a passion for anthropology, and so I do fieldwork everywhere I go,” says the 53-year-old painter, who’s been living in Miami for nearly two decades. “In my opinion, the culture and history are still alive in Cuba, Zambia, Botswana, Angola,


Science Magazine’s special issue on Human Conflict

from ICCI Home by (Dan Sperber)
This May 18, Science has a special issue on human conflict, of evolutionary, cognitive and cultural relevance, with contributions from Scott Atran, Christopher Boehm, Samuel Bowles, Frans de Waal, and many others. From the introduction:

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