Journey through Rites of Passage

Throughout many cultures, rite of passage rituals are prominent. These rituals, as conceptualized by Arnold van Gennep, “mark a person’s passage from one identity to another” (Robbins 139). He laid out three key stages pertaining to such a passage: Separation- leaving the old identity behind.Transition (Liminal) - a marginal state of alienation and learning. Incorporation (Reintegration)- [...]

Looking for a Reason to Launch Your Own Portfolio Website?

A Personal Portfolio Website Means More Control Anyone can make a social media profile, but a website takes some planning. When you design your site, you have control over the layout of how you present yourself and your experiences. Having this control helps you to communicate with your users exactly who you are, and your [...]

How to Improve Online Learning Experiences

Online learning is far from new, but with social distancing requiremnets it has become the most viable option for knowledge exchange. As many instructors have learned, it is not easy to bring methods from in-person teaching into an online platform. Teachers may have the subject matter experience, but that experience is worth much less if [...]

HSU Unconference: How I Learned Shareout Building a Better Search by Going into Categories and Searching by Subject

From the Humboldt State University Library: "Nikki Martensen explains how to build a better search by going in to Categories and then searching by subject. By searching by subject, you'll be exposed to related words that will enrich your search." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nisK0wJnps

Conservation Considerations for Rock Art Research (2013)

With resilience to the elements and time, rock surfaces resulted to be the ideal canvas for lasting expressions of past cultures. They are also accommodating for additional vandalism, as some may define it, the effects of which survive indefinitely alongside original rock art. Unintentional damage often occurs in the recording of rock art. This paper [...]

Preliminary Proposal for An Online Virtual Museum Collection

I put this proposal together as part of my final coursework for my Master's Degree in Applied Anthropology. The original proposal was developed for a specific museum, but I reworked it a tad to be more broadly applicable. Introduction Virtual collections require special considerations apart from their physical form. Although some consider a virtual collection [...]

Interpretive Poster Activity for Archaeology Courses

Assignment: You have been the lead archaeological researcher at a site for years, but a recent decrease in tourism has severely threatened your funding. In an effort to promote new visitors and attract funding, the site management team has decided to produce an advertisement campaign. You are each responsible for creating a travel poster with [...]

Ritual Experience: Stable Isotopes in Archaeological Interpretation

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure science"~Edwin Hubble Stable Isotopes as Archaeological Data Stable isotopes are the non-radioactive versions of an atom (Malainey, “Stable Isotopes”, 2011). Atoms are the smallest unit of a unique element. Atoms are comprised of protons, neutrons, and electrons in different unique [...]

The Relationship Between Applied and Theoretical Anthropologies

In their text on Applied Anthropology, Ervin emphasizes the “reciprocal relationship (Ervin 2005, 6)” between applied anthropologies and theory. Despite their inseparable interplay, the dividing distinction is often from direction. In classical, theoretical anthropology the topics are selected by researchers, usually relating to their personal interests. The applied direction on the other hand, can be [...]

Three Views of a Cave Painting: How Intention Influences Archaeological Interpretations (2015)

Abstract This paper discuss three base perspective which influence interpretive efforts in the study of rock-art. The researcher’s view focuses on consuming rock-art as data. The manager’s view seeks to control and protect rock-art sites form contemporary site interactions. The creator’s view refers to the original experience at the site. These views reflect a tendency [...]