Anthropology Magazine

Expanding worlds by exploring everything human.

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The Colonial Roots of Peru’s Troubles

Human Rights
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Picturing the Deep Universe Is Deeply Human

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Born of “All That Good”

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Reconsidering Fragility in Museums—and the World

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What Does the Armenian Genocide Have to Do With Florida?

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How the Early Battle Over Race Science Was Lost

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The Woods Lament For Me

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With the Fall of a Tree, Archaeology Returns to Liberia

Field Notes
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Navigating the Ethics of Ancient DNA Research

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In Delhi, Women Find Their Place on the Metro

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The Path

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What Do Archaeologists Do?

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When Life Imitates Art in Ukraine

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How Ancient Humans Came to Cope With the Cold

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Mayel Lyang

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When Disaster Tests the Strength of Human Cooperation

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Did Humanity Really Arise in One Place?

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Piecing Together History From a Roman Mosaic

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Rock Drawings

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To Decolonize, We Must End the World as We Know It

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Planting Seeds for a More Ethical Future

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Centering Black Lives in the Study of Human Remains

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Embracing the Poetry of Being Human

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Can Anthropology Be Decolonized?

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A Tree’s Tongue

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Indigenizing What It Means to Be Human

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What If Neanderthals Had Outlived Homo Sapiens?

Culture Lab
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When Coffee Is Like Angel Cake With Strawberry Jam


Rhyme & Reason: Poetry as a Cultural and Communal Bridge

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How Gravestones Shaped as Sheep United the Caucasus

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The Paleolithic Age Cooked Up Creative Chefs

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In Lebanon, Solar Power Is Booming. Why?

Field Notes
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