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. Unfortunately, they are also accommodating for lasting vandalism, the effects of which survive indefinitely alongside original rock art. Unintentional damage often occurs in the recording of rock art. This paper explores s variety of … Continue reading Conservation Considerations for Rock Art Research (2013)

Ahearn, L. (2013). Keywords as a Literacy Practice (Summary)

Ahearn studied keywords and titles that she generated from the keywords and title of articles from the American Ethnologist journal. The samples chosen were the years 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2012. On discussing the survey results, Ahearn argues that the selection of keywords has social, intellectual, political, and economic influences that may or may not … Continue reading Ahearn, L. (2013). Keywords as a Literacy Practice (Summary)

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 … Continue reading Preliminary Proposal for An Online Virtual Museum 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 … Continue reading Interpretive Poster Activity for Archaeology Courses

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 … Continue reading Ritual Experience: Stable Isotopes in Archaeological Interpretation

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 … Continue reading The Relationship Between Applied and Theoretical Anthropologies

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

Ethical Othering in the Past and Future: An Anthropological Dilemma

Introduction In their article “Race, Racism, and the History of U.S. Anthropology,” Baker and Patterson argue that the development of the anthropological discipline has been fueled by issues relating to race and racism. Along with racist perspectives invading research historically, the discourse of anthropological discipline that attempts to counter these problems creates an unintended oversaturation … Continue reading Ethical Othering in the Past and Future: An Anthropological Dilemma

Noble, S. U. (2018). Introduction: The Power of Algorithms. In Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism (Summary)

Noble's book discusses how oppressive decisions are reinforced via algorithms. Since algorithms are programmed by developers, this shows a huge issue. Through multiple case studies, Noble shows that there are clear issues when it comes to what pages show up in searches related to race and gender. I think this text is an important wake-up … Continue reading Noble, S. U. (2018). Introduction: The Power of Algorithms. In Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism (Summary)