Anthropology

People Eat More With Friends And Family- Here's Why

People eat more with friends and family than when dining alone and evolutionary psychologists have defied Occam's razor and come up with an unne ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 5 2019 - 10:19am

Oxen Were The Robots Taking Human Jobs 7,000 Years Ago- And They Created Economic Inequality

Though there is far less economic inequality in America than at any point in history- poor people in America live in more square footage per person than the middle class in France, not to mention the low cost of food, TVs, and cell phones- there is a longi ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 8 2019 - 2:26pm

The Most Violent Era In America Was Before Europeans Arrived

There's a mythology about the native Americans, that they were all peaceful and in harmony with nature- it's easy to create narratives when there is no written record. But archeology keeps its own history and a new paper finds that the 20th cent ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 15 2019 - 11:56am

New Theories On Why Cherokee Society Collapsed

By 1763, the world of Cherokee Indians in the Southeastern U.S. was in tatters. The French and Indian War had wracked the sprawling Cherokee settlements that stretched from the headwaters of the Savannah River in South Carolina and Georgia to the Overhills ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 15 2019 - 11:58am

Glue Isn’t Proof Of Neanderthal Intelligence- It Was Easy To Make

It was easy to make a strong adhesive in the Stone Age so claims about the presence of glue 50,000 years ago meaning higher intelligence for "Neanderthals" don't stick very well. Neanderthals and other early humans produced a tarry glue from ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 22 2019 - 2:51pm

The Salem Witch Trials Targeted Women- Here's Why

“Witch hunt” – it’s a refrain used to deride everything from impeachment inquiries and sexual assault investigations to allegations of corruption. ...

Article - The Conversation - Oct 25 2019 - 10:13am

Chopping The Dead, Mummification- It Isn't A Halloween Movie, It's Real Life Death Rituals

Cremation, "air burial," grave cairns, funeral mounds, mummification, belief in life after death – death practices sacred to one culture are often considered "odd" or even terrifying by another. The Greeks were fascinated with the hist ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 31 2019 - 2:12pm

November 5th, Guy Fawkes And The Gunpowder Plot: Torture And Persecution In Fact And Fiction

In 1605, England’s parliament was sitting on a powder keg, literally. Like now, the country was bitterly divided between two factions, with religion at the heart of the schism after the Reformation pitted Protestants and Catholics against each other in a ...

Article - The Conversation - Nov 5 2019 - 9:44am

Pink Razors, Manly Beer, And Lady Backpacks- The Folly Of Gendered Products

As women started counting steps and walking to work wearing running shoes and fitness trackers, there was one work-related item that had to change: the briefcase. It’s not suited to walking fast and gets in the way of drinking coffee en route to the offic ...

Article - The Conversation - Nov 13 2019 - 8:16am

Alcohol And Drugs: An Anthropological History Of Intoxication

In 2014, drugs and alcohol are used primarily for pleasure and not to commune with nature or contact the spirit world. In ancient times, opium poppies and hallucinogenic mushrooms were for gifted elites and their use went hand-in-hand with shamanistic bel ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 25 2019 - 10:40am