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26th-Jun-2014 09:25 pm - My "proper" souvenir...
the blue bull
Originally posted by cuboz at My "proper" souvenir...

Did I tell you about the souvenir I bought whilst on holiday in the States?

When Oz & Craige travel, they always buy themselves just ONE very special something to give them memories of their big trips... From Africa, it was a hand painted ostrich egg, and a hippopotamus made out of ironstone, or something like that... From South America, it was the most AMAZING and stunning toucan made out of amethyst and stone. It's quite sensational.

So when Craige and myself were at Knott's Berry Farm (along with Luke & George), we came across a Geode Shop called, simply, The Geode Shop at Knott's Berry Farm! They had some amazing stuff inside, from tiny little fossils in rock, to insects in amber, to huge geodes, etc. Out the front of the store was a big tray with rocks of varying sizes, which were unopened geodes. They had ones from Morocco, Mexico and Utah. So Craige picked one from Utah of course, and had it cut open in front of him. So you buy it, and then get a nice surprise. They then tell you all about the contents, and what sort of minerals are in it. I decided to do one myself, as well - and of course, had to pick one from Utah, as this was a memory of the American trip!

It was exciting, and kinda cool to see them cut them open... I just need to get a UV lamp (a cheap LED one would suffice), as they said it should luminesce a nice green colour! I suppose part of the reason why I liked this idea is the fact that I've always had a fascination with geology and geography. If I was the sort of person that could study, and/or go to Uni, I'd probably do an Earth Science. I love volcanoes, unusual land masses, rocks, etc. I'm such a Taurean!

Before opening - yes, I'm a cheap bastard!

After opening - VERY cool indeed!

The certificate of information.

22nd-Jun-2013 06:16 pm - hello
One kiss from Portugal
29th-Jun-2012 10:57 pm - Curious...
I have another graduate school-related question for you folks if you don't mind feeding my neurotic curiosity. I have a master's degree in anthropology that I obtained in December 2010, and recently decided that I would like to pursue a PhD. Before I graduated, I was able to get a job at AT&T part-time to help pay for living expenses, though since graduation I haven't been able to find any work that is directly related to anthropology (besides that I get to research transactions and use interpersonal skills to deal with customers). I'm certain a lot of people applying to graduate school are having this same issue. Do you guys think that having this type of background will hurt my chances of being accepted? I'm curious because many people that have posted here about graduate applications haven't mentioned what they did post-graduation from their undergraduate degrees, and considering the economy, I'm sure this will be a more prevalent concern. Thanks!
17th-Jun-2012 08:44 am(no subject)
Apparently the mods of Anthropologist have all abandoned the community. I've tried contacting the current mods about the spam and none of them have replied.

Anyone know how to go about getting a new, active mod?
6th-Jun-2012 12:40 pm - Graduate School Advice Needed
Hi! My name is Kurt and I have been out of school for about 2 years now. I graduated with a BA in Biology and a minor in Anthropology. I then went on to get a Masters in Biology. I have been trying to get into medical school for a while and it's just not panning out for me, and honestly I have lost interest in the path altogether. I've recently been rediscovering the love I had for anthropology back when I was in undergrad, especially medical anthropology. In doing so, I've realized that I can maintain my interest in medicine/biology and combine it with anthropology. I've started to look into graduate programs for medical anthropology and have been talking sporadically with an anthropology professor to get a better idea of where to start when it comes to applying to schools. Since she's so busy this summer, I'm posting some of my questions here to see if maybe some of you could help me out. Sorry this is kind of a lengthy post... Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!!

Going along with my once desire to get into medical school, the idea of working in public health somewhere, perhaps the CDC or WHO, seems to be a place where I would eventually like to work. I like the idea of epidemiology and studying/monitoring/preventing infectious diseases. I'm kind of stuck on where to begin right now. As far as graduate school is concerned, I know that the earliest shot I would have to get in is the fall of 2013. I'm wondering what steps I need to do to ensure acceptance. I've enrolled in some graduate level anthropology classes at a local university this fall to help show current interest and have also been reading articles by professors in schools that I'm interested in. Should I be contacting these professors soon to show them my interest in their work? Are there are other things I can do in the meantime that would impress graduate schools?

I've looked at positions at the CDC that I would be interested in, and it looks like most people who work there with background in Anthropology also have Masters in Public Health. Is this kind of background necessary to be able to work in this field of applied anthropology? Could one work in a similar field without having a MPH degree? If it is necessary to obtain an MPH as well, then would it be best to enter into a PhD/MPH program? Or could I study medical anthropology wherever I find a school that I connect the best with, and work on the MPH later? Or perhaps do the opposite, obtaining the MPH first?
31st-Dec-2011 12:21 am - Archaeology
OK. I am starting to narrow down what it is that I would actually like to do once I graduate (I am currently a junior). I worked in my department's repository last quarter and this upcoming quarter I will be doing another internship doing lab analysis (archaeology) and briefly working in the school's ossuary. 

Now, I really like doing all of this. Unfortunately, I'm not exactly sure what direction I should take. The woman that I've been interning for, who is a Phd candidate told me that I should probably be aiming for bioarchaeology--do you all agree as well? 

Please advise. And sorry for any spelling mistakes. It's late and I have a horrible headache, lol...
29th-Nov-2011 09:34 pm - Thought I would relay this.
Dear Colleagues,

Would you please forward the following field opportunities to your undergraduate and graduate students (poster and research objectives attached):

Since the middle of the first century BC, the Dacians – “the bravest and the fairest of all the Thracians” (Herodotus) – have continuously been a clear and present danger for the Romans. The various encounters between the Roman legions and the Dacian kings ended mostly in Dacian victories, culminating with the great and humiliating Roman defeat in 87AD at the First Battle of Tapae. In 106AD, after two campaigns (102-103AD and 105-106AD), Trajan finally succeeded in conquering the Dacia. Our Daco-Roman field project offers students and volunteers two unique excavation opportunities in Transylvania (Romania): Sarmizegetusa, the Roman Capital of the Dacian Provinces, and Racos, the second most important military and religious center in Dacia:

Excavation: Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana – Roman Capital of the Dacian Provinces, Hunedoara County (Southern Transylvania), Romania
Period: Imperial Roman
Excavation dates: July 8 - August 7, 2012


Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana, the Roman Capital of the Dacian Provinces and first Roman city north of the Danube, is situated in the plains north of the majestic Retezat Mountains, commanding several passes across the Carpathians. Its presence in the heartland of the Dacian kingdoms, a few kilometers away from Sarmizegetusa Regia, the civil and religious capital of the defeated Dacians, is a complex statement of Roman colonial strategies. In 2012, our excavation will continue the exploration of the Forum and associated temples as well as identifying domestic living structures outside the public plazzas. We will also survey the city necropolises and possibly start work on a funeral household enclosure.

Excavation: Piatra Detunata - Durduia, Racos Commune, Brasov County (Southern Transylvania), Romania
Period: Wietenberg (Bronze Age), Hallstatt, LaTene (Iron Age)
Excavation dates: June 3 - July 7, 2012


The area of the upper Olt River basin between Racos and Augustin, about 12 km in length (jud. Brasov, Romania), has yielded a very complex pattern of settlements, rivaling the Dacian Sarmizegetusa Regia capital complex. Military structures have been identified at Tipia Racosului and Tipia Augustinului. Several other settlements of various sizes have been surveyed on every hill top in the region. The most important feature of the area was the heavily fortified religious and military center of Augustin/Tipia Ormenisului. Our site of Piatra Detunata - Durduia (com. Racos, jud. Brasov, Romania) is situated approximately 4 km from the religious/military center from Augustin/Tipia Ormenisului. The LaTene site is composed by a series of fortified civilian settlements, in very close proximity to one another, spread over a complex and contrasted landscape. The importance of the site also lies in the fact that it was one of the very few that wasn't evacuated as the Roman legions invaded Dacia in 102-106AD. In 2009, we also uncovered several very rich Bronze Age votive shacks, pointing to the presence of a temple complex nearby, adding significant temporal depth to our understanding of the religious landscape.

For more information, see attached poster and objectives description or visit
breakfast at tiffany's
Does anyone here recommend any QDA software packages? At the AAA this weekend I picked up demos for Provalis, MAXqda, and ATLAS.ti. I primarily work with coding interviews and arranging them in thematic networks, so I'm interested in something that will help me construct good visualizations of networks or semantic maps. I guess I wouldn't mind something that was also good with coding photographs or pictures, but not mandatory.

I've experimented a little bit with an open source package called RQDA, and it's not bad, but I wouldn't mind investing in a licensed package.

Any comments greatly appreciated!
19th-Nov-2011 10:01 am - Near Eastern Archaeology
Hello everyone,

I've been Googling for about an hour and I'm having problems finding a complete list of graduate programs specializing in near eastern archaeology. Anyone mind to list some?
10th-Nov-2011 04:50 pm - Numerical systems
Does anyone know of any good articles on different ways to understand numbers in different cultures, preferably from isi web of knowledge?

I've found a few books, but it's going to take some time to get hold of them at the uni library.
6th-Nov-2011 12:54 am - Working with human remains?
To biological anthropologists and archaeologists, how did you get over the...awkward uneasy feeling of working with human bones and remains?

I've been working in a zooarchaeology lab sorting bones of various animals and working my way up to large mammals, but recently I sort of got thrown a bombshell with human bones.

Usually I don't have a problem with human bones, I'm fine handling replicas of skulls and seeing the full skeleton laid out during discussions sessions, but alone in a lab handling a box of human bones, I get this uneasy feeling. Then when I open the box and start to sort them, I feel incredibly guilty and want to apologize to them. I know it's a bit silly right?

I don't know if it's because I'm too sensitive or something, I mean I can still work with bones, it's just that I always feel incredibly apologetic and I handle them with a lot more care than I do with animal bones.

So to people with more experience, how did you like "get over" the guilt or awkward feeling or did you never experience it and I'm just too sensitive an the odd one out?
4th-Nov-2011 03:27 pm(no subject)
personal blogging
I'm trying to write a research proposal and I cannot remember this term at ALL. It is driving me nuts? What do you call ideologies or emotions about being tied in some way to the land, stemming from or increasing connections to the land?
5th-Oct-2011 11:23 am - Namibia Welcomes Skulls
Hundreds of Namibians have welcomed home 20 skulls of ancestors taken to Germany more than a century ago.
1st-Oct-2011 05:09 pm - Turkey / Germanistan
Исламизация Европы: 10 фотографий лучше 10 000 слов.

1962 год:

1970 год:


Начало 90-х:

Начало 21 века:

2005 - 2006:

2006 - 2007:


2010 - 2011:

What do you think of this finding that ALL non-Africans are part Neanderthal? Read article here. 

Honestly, it sounds like a bunch of racist BS to me. I find it highly unlikely that every H. sapien on this planet is part Neanderthal minus Sub-Saharan Africans. Why? Because of the pure fact that there is no "pure" socially constructed race on this planet. I find it extremely hard to grasp that the most hated and discriminated group on this planet is excluded because apparently, Neanderthals migrated out of Africa--when it has always been my knowledge that they were European and Asian based. This article might as well say all Eastern Asian people are part H. Floresiensis.

I am quite supportive of the scientific community, but this article smells like fish and I'm not very accepting of new information until I know the full details--including the thoughts of the opposing enthusiastic. The idea that Neanderthals and H. sapiens probably mated together is plausible, but to exclude a group is rather offensive and illogical knowing the characteristics and human psychology that transforms us into mankind. Especially because of the wounds that still bleed in present day Africa from colonialism among other things; to suggest a race is "pure" reminds me of "Aryan" Germany. 
Adding on, I cannot find this article on a website that I trust. Thoughts?
5th-Jul-2011 11:24 pm - Art, media, history-america 1800
Feel free to comment at this book store site (photo book contest- every bitof trfice helps)

Mister Mistoffeles
Museum of Performance & Design - San Francisco, CA
August 4-6, 2011
Learn how to plan, organize, and conduct fascinating interviews, use current technologies to produce digital media projects, refine your editing skills, and prepare oral history print texts for printing or publication.  
The workshop is designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Former workshop participants have included university faculty, master’s and doctoral candidates, personal historians, historical societies, library and museum staff, government and corporate employees, and board and staff of nonprofits. 
The three-day intensive is led by oral historians Jeff Friedman PhD and Basya Petnick.
This year there is a $50 discount off the regular early bird rate for museum staff.
Please see our website for more complete information: If you have questions or wish to request a registration form, please email or call 415-255-4800, ext. *823.
14th-May-2011 04:16 pm(no subject)
Hi, does anyone know any recent monographs or article collections on nomadic or travelling groups in Europe and/or northern Africa? I need some light reading over the summer, and I'm want to learn more about that topic to see if I want to do field work related to it in the future. Decade old books, while interesting, are too old to show me how things are in the present day :)
1st-May-2011 05:05 pm - Field Work
Hello, current cultural anthropology major here. I was wondering if anyone here does permanent field work--as in, always traveling to another country to study the people after being in one location for a period of time? 

I've got the travel bug, I'm sure that a lot of you can relate. I feel restless when I'm in one area for too long. I always feel the need to go somewhere else after a year or two has passed--and I've always been so interested in other cultures. There are so many things that I want to accomplish and so many things that I feel that I need to learn.

So, what are my options? I'm still going to go to school to be an anthropology librarian on the side, just in case none of this works out. But I just wanna' travel and see things and experience life to the fullest. 
quetzal comes home
I'm not sure if this is allowed, and if not I'll take it down with my most sincere apologies, but I'd like to pimp this awesome field school for those of you seeking college credit and a great digging experience this summer!

Maya Research Program is a US based non-profit corporation that sponsors archaeological and ethnographic work in Middle America ( Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico ).

Since 1992, research at the Maya center of Blue Creek has been MRP's flagship effort. Blue Creek was a wealthy polity with large monumental architecture. We have excavated much of the public and residential architecture, discovered one of the Maya area's largest caches of jade, and found a large-scale ancient agricultural system.

The staff at Blue Creek includes professors from the University of Texas at Tyler, Georgetown University and George Mason University and graduates from many other universities. Volunteers aged 14-81 have from all over the world have dug at Blue Creek. It's a great learning experience for anyone interested in Maya archaeology!

Check out the link above for more information on costs, project dates, and contact information. Thanks!

xposted to archaeostudents
17th-Apr-2011 08:25 am - A Little Help if you please
So I've been on this kick lately.

I also am getting quite heavy into the whole mask and masquerade thing. Cannot remember the name of that one movie with all the people fucking with the masks in it, but that comes to mind. I've happened to find a site that has a ton of porn with masked folks on it. But I have to wonder what is the meaning to the mask, what does each mean, obviously there are masks which mean nothing and are simply worn to conceal identity, at times they are worn to conceal both identity and emotion, while at others the mask seemingly is a purposeful representation of social status and position of power, importance or used to demonstrate a level of submission or domination, perhaps the colors and designs are even made to show and display a message or a specialty.

Any thoughts, advice, or knowledge on these would be great. Better yet, what, where, and when are events and occurrences that take place have to do with the wearing of these sorts of masks outside of the obvious Halloween and certain national holidays found around the world, I expect everyone to comment on this, especially if you live somewhere which the mask is used quite often, or if you have a lot of knowledge or experience with such things.
21st-Mar-2011 02:53 pm - Steampunk
akendrick coffee

I'm currently working on a cultural anthropology project and my research topic is examining steampunk as a sub-culture. If anyone has any  link or suggestions for anthropology articles on the subject (or general) and wouldn't mind sharing, please let me know!

hi. anyone knows how our internal clock knows what time is it? i mean, when I say to myself, "wake up at 5am tomorrow", i'd actually wake up at 5 (+/- 5 minutes). i mean, does our brain keeping tab on what time is it, or do i wake up unknowingly and look at the clock and sleep again or something? i cant tell when i'm awake what time is it without see a clock, tho. btw that is a common knowledge, right? that when we tell ourselves to wake up at certain hour, we will? some of my friends can do it too.
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