Uncategorized

The Human-Environment Relationship: The Impacts of Fire

The relationship of humans and the environment is incredibly complex. While human culture and society are inevitably shaped, in part, by the environment in which they live, humans themselves may shape the environment even more. Human activities have resulted in changes to forest and vegetation composition, the creation and expansion of grasslands, as well as … Continue reading

CRM

NAGPRA

NAGPRA or the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act is an important piece of legislation passed in 1990. This act protects the rights of the indigenous people of America to Native American material culture including human remains, sacred or ceremonial objects, or other objects of cultural patrimony. Under this act, any institution that receives … Continue reading

The Real Indiana Jones(es): Gertrude Caton Thompson
The Real Indiana Jones(es)

The Real Indiana Jones(es): Gertrude Caton Thompson

1888-1985 Gertrude Caton-Thompson was born in London in 1888 (Kirwan 2004). She was the only daughter and the youngest child (Kirwan 2004) of a middle-class family (Champion 1998). Her father was a barrister and he died when she was five years old leaving her financially independent (Kirwan 2004). She was educated at the Links School, … Continue reading

Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe: The Origin and Spread of Social Complexity in Southern Africa
Interpreting Scholarly Articles

Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe: The Origin and Spread of Social Complexity in Southern Africa

Huffman, T.N., 2009. Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe: The origin and spread of social complexity in southern Africa. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 28(1), pp.37-54. Synopsis:  The focus of this article is a short-of compare and contrast between the two states of Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe. Mapungubwe was a pre-colonial state located in what is now South Africa. It … Continue reading

Uncategorized

Culture-History

Uncovering Theory Topic #2 Culture-History Starting in the mid-19th century, the culture-historical approach was the main method used by archaeologists to think about prehistoric cultures. In this paradigm, the geographical distribution of material culture was used to create timelines of major occurrences and cultural change. It was assumed that stylistic variation were a straightforward indicator … Continue reading