Author Archives: Matthew Longcore

The Mesoamerican origins of chocolate featuring eHRAF Archaeology

In their book, The True Story of Chocolate, husband and wife co-authors Sophie Coe and Michael Coe make claim to the idea that chocolate – which originated in ancient Mesoamerica – is far older than…

HRAF partnership with SACC

The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University is pleased to announce our new partnership with the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC). The partnership with SACC is part of the HRAF Community College…

Get ready for the spring semester with the new eHRAF World Cultures video tutorial

As we begin a new year, it is also the time of year when faculty are preparing to teach in the upcoming spring semester. HRAF is pleased to announce our new video tutorial making its…

Gender – A New Topical Summary for Explaining Human Culture

A new topical summary on Gender is now available in Explaining Human Culture, our open access database that summarizes the results of over 1,000 cross-cultural studies. The gender module is co-authored by HRAF President Carol R. Ember, along with…

Remembering Lévi-Strauss and pre-digital HRAF collections: A conversation with Bernadette Bucher

Editor’s note: The following post contains contributions from Bernadette Bucher, Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Comparative Literature, Fordham University. The early history of the Human Relations Area Files from 1949 in North America is public…

The Return of the Comparative Method in Anthropology

Where Have All the Comparisons Gone?, a recently published series from the Society for Cultural Anthropology, revisits a longstanding topic in the social sciences: the debate over the value of comparative cultural studies. In this…