Category Archives: Feature

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…

Luck of the Irish: Folklore and fairies in Rural Ireland

If the month of March has you seeing shamrocks, it might be a good time to brush up on your knowledge of Irish culture. The Rural Irish collection in eHRAF World Cultures is a great…

Unconditional Love: Is devotion to pets a cultural universal?

If the number of cute animal memes on the internet is a fair benchmark, then the human love of pets is a powerful and global phenomenon. For many pet owners, their furry (or scaly) domestic…

New anthropology and archaeology assignments in Teaching eHRAF

Teaching eHRAF is our open access collection of 57 teaching exercises and sample syllabi for classroom use that include questions and class assignments based on eHRAF World Cultures or eHRAF Archaeology. These activities encourage the…

HRAF 2019 in Review & 2020 Preview

Welcome to 2020! It’s time for our annual News & Notes recap and preview. This post will summarize our highlights from the previous year, as well as what you can expect to see from HRAF…

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…

Donate to the HRAF Global Scholarship

In keeping with our mission of promoting cultural diversity, the HRAF Global Scholarship has attracted candidates from around the world. As one of our top funding priorities, the scholarship provides institutions and individuals in low-income…

Home Truths: An Anthropology of House and Home

Settlements are central to human development, making shelter, dwellings, and residence patterns necessary foci of investigation in both anthropology and archaeology. This post seeks to address a related and easily overlooked aspect of this anthropological…