Breaking Down Sranan Tongo To Understand Linguistic & Cultural Heritage

Creole languages are unique. They are a hodgepodge of languages which arise in situations where people exist without a shared common language. People end up using bits of different languages. Over generations, these admixed languages become fully fledged natural human languages, known as creoles. André Sherriah and Hubert Devonish, two linguists at the University of... Continue Reading →

Göbekli Tepe Skull Cult

The internet has been buzzing about a potential 11,500-12,000  year old skull cult from Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. Göbekli Tepe was just discovered several years ago. The site is decorated with pillars depicting carvings of headless humans, snakes, and scorpions. It is thought be world's oldest known Neolithic monumental religious complex. Yesterday, in  Science Advances German... Continue Reading →

Over at the Washington Post, there's an interesting article documenting how two Amazonian Awá tribeswomen have escaped the modern life after being forced out of their traditional life styles. The Awá are one of many endangered tribes, threatened out of existence due to deforestation and modernization. Theye estimated to be about 450 people who now mostly... Continue Reading →

All 62 of Ötzi's tattoos have been mapped. They are mostly located over joint spaces and are thought to play a therapeutic role given he suffered from degenerative joint disease. We will never know if these were tattoos served as markers for therapy, like acupuncture, or they were treatment themselves. The full text publication can... Continue Reading →

What’s Wrong With Anthropology?

In December, I linked up Ann Gibbons' article in Science about anthropology's poor reception in the scientific community. I forgot to mention that months before that, in August, Kiplinger named anthropology "the worst major for your career." Two months later, Forbes followed suite and ranked "anthropology and archaeology," as the No. 1 on its list of "worst... Continue Reading →

Evolution 101: People Don’t Look Like Goats

On the lighter side of anthropology...  The Onion takes a satirical look at what outrageously pseudoscientific research into human origins might look like.  Their headline reads: "Anthropologists Trace Human Origins Back To One Large Goat" 'Wait, That Can't Be Right,' Scientists Say" In addition to being funny, the article, by contrast, helps show the strict... Continue Reading →

Anon & Anthropology of Hacking

Anonymous is not a force to be reckoned with. Scientologists have felt their wrath for sometime, Sarah Palin did as well, as have MasterCard & Visa post-Wikileaks fiasco. I'm sure Aaron Barr is now realizing the impact Anon has. Aaron Barr is head of an internet security company, HBGary Federal. His company was contracted by Bank... Continue Reading →

The AAA Does Away With Science, Seriously

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is a strange organization. I often wonder how it operates, but then I realize I don't even wanna know because there's often no real logic to their madness. Take into consideration these cases: Case 1: About 4 years ago the AAA decided to close access to almost all their journals,... Continue Reading →

56 Family Portraits From East Asia

I haven't bothered to translate this page, but I've stumbled across a collection of 56 family portraits from East Asia that I wanted to share with you. The images give us a quick glimpse of all the different cultures and ethnicities that make up the far East, along with the lat/long of where these people are... Continue Reading →

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