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‘Biggest’ Stonehenge site uncovered

Huge stones found buried near Stonehenge were part of a ritual site built on an “extraordinary scale” and unique in the world, researchers say.
Sara Little Turnbull, Product Designer Inspired by Anthropologyand Nature …
New York Times
Operating at a nexus of design, culture and commerce (“applied cultural anthropology,” she called it), she studied geishas and persuaded a cosmetics maker to promote matte makeup. She saw a cheetah grip its prey and got an idea for a pot lid handle

Inside AAA- Meet Andrew Russell

Inside AAA is a blog series that provides readers the opportunity to get a glimpse of the people who work for you, the AAA member. In this series, staff members provide insight on their job and themselves.

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Anthropology ~ In Search of a Broader Context
Patheos (blog)
It was the title that caught my attention: How Forests Think ~ Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human. (Eduardo Kohn) Living in the woods as I do, certainly I would like to know how a forest thinks, particularly the one I inhabit. What an intriguing idea!

Ethnographic Field Data 3: Preserving and Sharing Ethnographic Data

[This is the final post in a three-part series on archiving and sharing fieldwork data.]

Lisa Cliggett: How can we archive all this data? 

Two years ago, I worked with Lisa Cliggett on an NSF-sponsored project to curate 60 years of anthropology projects in the Gwembe Tonga region of Zambia, a complex pilot project that involved anthropologists, campus IT, librarians, and a gullible library school student then-willing to work for free (me!). We experimented with ways to curate Lisa’s field records in a digital library using Greenstone and Drupal. Our goal was a small teaching archive that undergraduates could use to better understand the processes involved in fieldwork–something that could be built into a larger archive over time.

by Will Balmford
Research assistant
Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC)
School of Media and Communication
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Hello all,

Welcome to round three of DERG! We’ve got an article by Helen Kennedy this week, entitled ‘Technobiography: Researching lives on and off’. It takes a bit of a different approach to earlier readings, but is an interesting read that will hopefully get us all thinking about how we conceptualise digital experiences.

Anthropologies #21: Climate Change Issue (Introduction)

For the latest issue of anthropologies, we’re taking a look at the ever contentious subject of climate change. Over the next week or so, we will be posting individual essays from our contributors. At the end we will post the issue in its entirety. Please share, and feel free to post your thoughts and comments. Here’s the introduction, written by Jeremy Trombley, the co-editor for this issue. You can contact him on Twitter here: @jmtrombley. Thanks Jeremy for all of your help putting this issue together! –R.A.

ARCHAEOLOGY > Evidence of Ergenekon epic found in Altay Mountains
Hurriyet Daily News
“The geography, which is featured in the Ergenekon epic and known as the place where Turks sheltered during hard times, is the same with the high peaks of the Altay Mountains. Musical instruments found in the graves prove to us a rooted cultural life

An international seminar held recently in Kazakhstan with the participation of leading historians and archaeologists provided information about findings in the Altay Mountains
Ancient DNA Links Early Farmers to Basques
The Basques are not direct descendants from hunter-gatherers of 10,000 years ago; instead, they have more recent genetic links to early Iberian farmers, according to a study of ancient DNA from eight people who lived in Europe 3,500 to 5,500 years ago.
 Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog by Celia Emmelhainz

In my last post, I recommended that we consider archiving and sharing records from our fieldwork. Yet sharing both raw notes and publications can present challenges, as Rex recently covered with thecontroversy over Alice Goffman’s ‘anonymous’ but easily traced research in Philadelphia, published after she destroyed her fieldnotes.

Anthropology professor’s discovery of a lifetime is documented
UNM Newsroom
For nearly two decades, University of New Mexico Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Lawrence G. Straus, his colleague Manuel R. Gonzalez Morales from the University of Cantabria and their students have spent part of every summer in ..

Cultural Anthropology in Secondary Schools: An Essential Part of a 21st …
Huffington Post
Cultural anthropology should be part of every student’s secondary school education. Those who study anthropologyknow that the discipline cultivates resilience, persistence, confidence, openness, creativity, courage, patience, adaptability, perspective ..

Lauren Moore
University of Kentucky

This month, we hear from Dr. Roberta Baer, Professor at the University of South Florida. She shares what she’s learned from four service-learning projects conducted with Burmese refugees living in Tampa, Florida, and offers advice for instructors who’d like to incorporate service learning into their classes.

Toward Living with (not Under) Anthropology, Pt. 2

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Takami Delisle. Tak currently works as a medical interpreter for Japanese patients and helps run an organization for anthropology students of color. You can read the first installment of this piece here. She also has her own blog. If you’re interested, please contact her through Twitter @tsd1888.

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