Tag Archives: Archaeology

HRAF at Yale University attending 2019 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, November 20-24

Are you attending the joint  meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)  in Vancouver, BC, from November 20-24 2019? HRAF looks forward to seeing you there! President Carol R. Ember…

Food Anthropology on Television: Ethnographic Culinary Adventures

Today, popular television shows featuring ethnographic culinary adventures bring food and film together for the enjoyment, entertainment, and enlightenment of foodies and anthropologists alike. While most of us do not have the opportunity to travel…

The Social Life of Cheese

There are few signifiers of culture more potent and recognizable than food. Edibles and cultural identity share a deep-seated connection. Food, and especially our preferences for preparing, cooking and eating it, are about far more…

The Power and Potential of eHRAF: Cross-Cultural Research and Archaeology

Jeffrey Vadala Given that the archaeological record is often incomplete, how can archaeologists make reliable conclusions about human behavior in the past? Archaeologists employ a variety of approaches to this end, using statistical, interpretive, comparative…

Shaman Lords, Spider Diviners, and Hoards: An Archaeology of the Objects We Bury

Jeffrey Vadala Throughout history, humans have collected and buried groups of objects together, whether for ritual purposes (e.g., offerings to the gods) or pragmatic reasons (e.g., for secret stores of food). Today, many cultural groups…