Tags : anthropology

Easter and Functionalism? Community in Our Differences

I grew up in a house where Easter traditions were filled with Easter sunrise service, breakfast, egg dying, Easter egg hunts, baskets, and all the reminders of Spring! New outfits, flowers, parades, and the overwhelming symbolism of renewal and rebirth. I loved Easter! Then my dad died. When I was 11, I lost my dad […]Read More

Jazz, Gin, Lock Picking and Culture!

I could hear the jazz horns before I even entered the building. The dark, rainy night only added to my excitement. As we entered into the Library of the General Society, we were greeted by smiling ladies, handing us keys tied to a maroon, satin ribbon, and cloth, muslin bags filled with lock picking supplies. The […]Read More

I Can't Write My Thesis!

Most Sunday mornings, I wake up early,  grab a mason jar of water along with a cup of tea or coffee, and quietly proceed to start my work day. The plan is always the same, work first, then write thesis. This sounds like a pretty simple plan, but it’s been 4 months and I have […]Read More

I Fell in Love with a Robo-Naut!

  During my visit to the Kennedy Space Center, I had the opportunity to hear about a number of innovations and experiments being conducted on and off the International Space Station. My absolute favorite was ROBONAUT! “The core idea behind the Robonaut series is to have a humanoid machine work alongside astronauts” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robonaut). While many find […]Read More

The 'Rockstar' Goes to NASA

It had only been a few short hours since I left the cold, harsh NYC weather, and landed in sunny, warm, unfamiliar Orlando, Florida. I had no idea what to expect. My idea of Orlando had been theme parks and resorts. In fact, I really had never contemplated the Kennedy Space Center in terms of […]Read More

WTF is 'Archaeoastronomy'?!

When I think about what I’ve learned throughout my anthropological education, if I heard the word ‘space,’ what was typically being discussed was location, area, events that related to a position. I rarely thought about astronomical space. In culture, we tend to think of space in terms of where culture is located, observed, practiced. However, […]Read More

It's My Birthday, but the gift if for YOU!

It’s my birthday, but YOU get the gift! As a way to celebrate and thank my followers, I’m giving away an AWESOME Homo floresiensis (aka ‘hobbit’) chalkboard skull from the Etsy shop, iamhome! Here’s how you WIN! Earn a point by ‘Liking or following’ me on Twitter, FB, and of course, THE BLOG! Earn additional […]Read More

Part 3: The Resurrection Man!

So far, I have been focused on the slave situation in NYC as it pertained to the African burial grounds in lower Manhattan. But let’s travel down south to discuss a really interesting connected event. Meanwhile in Georgia… In 1828, the Medical College of Georgia was founded. Like most medical schools of the time, being […]Read More

Ante, peri, post- what?! Vocab for Your Case File Netflix

When I was helping out at the Smithsonian, folks LOVED the pathology section of the public forensic lab! Who doesn’t?! I, too, have sat around with the fam, watching NCIS, CSI, Bones, etc., and listened to them discuss the wounds and injuries of the found human remains. So, I’m going to help you out with […]Read More

"How can you believe in God if you believe in

  If you follow me on my Facebook page, you would have seen that this week that I declared this week, “Ask An Anthropologist” week. I thought it would give us a chance to get to know each other, and provide an opportunity to answer questions that I get asked pretty frequently. But then… I got asked […]Read More

New Year Thoughts To Begin Again…

  This is my first post of the New Year, 2014! Clearly, I haven’t been working on this blog as much as I would have liked to. It doesn’t mean that I haven’t been writing, though. In fact, that’s ALL I’ve been doing! (Can I get witness from the grad student section on stage right?!) […]Read More

Mummies and Virility in the Afterlife

The Presence of Genitalia on Ancient Egyptian Mummies  In the summer of 2011, I was hired at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute for a traveling exhibit called “Mummies of the World”. The traveling exhibition contained some of the most fascinating human and animal mummy specimens on the planet! The mummies were part of a larger research project […]Read More