Researcher looks at plaque to gain insight about the past

Christina Warinner says ancient dental plaque offers insights into diets, disease, dairying, and women’s roles of the period.

Peter Reuell | Nov. 19, 2019 | harvard
~11 mins   

Tags: science-technology anthropology basic-research christina-warinner dental-calculus fas gsas peter-reuell plaque

After his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Arthur Kleinman shares what he learned

Harvard Professor Arthur Kleinman’s wife, Joan, began to struggle with a rare form of early Alzheimer’s disease at 59. Eight years after losing her, he chronicles their journey in “The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor.”

Jill Radsken | Oct. 31, 2019 | harvard
~10 mins   

Tags: health-medicine the-soul-of-care alzheimers arthur-kleinman caregiving fas health-care hms jill-radsken medical-anthropology psychiatry

Author examines the strange relationship between good and evil

Richard Wrangham’s new book examines the strange relationship between good and evil.

Jill Radsken | Jan. 28, 2019 | harvard
~13 mins   

Tags: science-technology the-goodness-paradox aggression anthropology biology bonobos chimpanzees evolution fas homo-sapiens human-evolution jane-goodall jill-radsken kibale richard-wrangham

Author examines the strange relationship between good and evil

Richard Wrangham’s new book examines the strange relationship between good and evil.

Jill Radsken | Jan. 28, 2019 | harvard
~13 mins   

Tags: science-technology the-goodness-paradox aggression anthropology biology bonobos chimpanzees evolution fas homo-sapiens human-evolution jane-goodall jill-radsken kibale richard-wrangham

Study suggests shamans acted as the first professional class in human society

A paper published earlier this year argues that shamanism develops as specialists compete to provide magical services to people in their communities, and the outcome is a set of traditions that hacks people’s psychological biases to convince them that they can control the uncertain.

Peter Reuell | Dec. 10, 2018 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: health-medicine anthropology faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas harvard magical-services manvir-singh peter-reuell profession professional-class providing-services reuell services shaman shamanism singh society

Family’s photos from ’50s capture fading way of life in Kalahari Desert

Eight expeditions to the Kalahari Desert by a Cambridge family in the 1950s yielded more than 40,000 photographs that captured hunter-gatherer cultures on the verge of disappearing. Many of the photos are now on view at Harvard’s Peabody Museum in a new exhibit, “Kalahari Perspectives: Anthropology, Photography, and the Marshall Family.”

Faith Sutter | Oct. 1, 2018 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: arts-humanities kalahari-perspectives-anthropology where-the-roads-all-end-photography-and-anthropology-in-the-kalahari and-the-marshall-family gallery harvards-peabody-museum-of-archaeology-ethnology ilisa-barbash laurence-marshall photography

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