Author Archives: Megan M.

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck?

I’m going through some old files here in the lab, and came across an interesting book review by Jim Fitting from 1972.  He was looking at 3 books about ‘Science and Archaeology’, and asking the question anthropologists still debate today … Continue reading

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The World until Yesterday vs The Foraging Spectrum

In all of the discussion lately about Jared Diamond’s new book, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies, I haven’t heard anyone bring up the book that keeps coming to my mind, so I figured I … Continue reading

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Geertz on cultural anthropology

This is one of my favorite quotes. I read it often when I get frustrated with how my research is going: “This backward order of things – first you write and then you figure out what you are writing about … Continue reading

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Historical Particularism, Achieved Status and the End of Days

The last time I taught Introduction to Anthropology, I decided to use the Mayan Apocalypse phenomenon as a case study for how we recognize and evaluate pseudoscience. We discussed what the students had heard about Maya eschatology, figured out what … Continue reading

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Bad ‘anthropological’ movie reviews

Most folks who know me know that I LOVE bad movies. There’s a limit, but with the right crew watching a film with you, some of the worst plots, strangest special effects and annoying characters can become downright hilarious.  When … Continue reading

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Student Engagement and Engaging with Students

I’ve had a really busy week, but it’s ended on a fun note, even if I did drop a folder full of graded papers into a deep oily rain puddle outside of this coffee shop. I’m interested in getting students … Continue reading

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Plant domestication and my garden

Archaeologists spend a lot of time thinking about the origins of gardening, and eventually agriculture. What makes a person start caring for a set of plants? What makes them start to intentionally grow them? We know that people in several … Continue reading

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