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First 100 Days…

Time for an update…as many folks know, I have just made a huge change this summer…moving from Magnolia in southwestern Arkansas back to Fayetteville in the Ozark Mountains.  This has been a pretty stressful move, but it looks like many of the kinks are getting worked out. I have been the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s UAF […]

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Maxine & Me…

This month’s Arkansas Life magazine features an article entitled “Raising the Bar” by Wyndam Weyth about Maxine’s Tap Room in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Maxine’s was my bar of choice in Fayetteville when I was getting my MA there (1995-1999) and again when I returned as an adjunct professor after my Ph.D. at the University of Texas […]

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What the entire potlid would have looked like.

Bear Grease in the Bear State & The Power of Artifacts in Context

Its that time of year again…I’m getting together stuff for the next Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) meetings…this year they will be Jan 8-12 in Quebec City.  I am revisiting a topic at this year’s conference that I’ve taken a stab at before—a session on the interpretive power of a single artifact in a specific […]

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The Mysterious Case of the “Social Core” in Texas Anthropology

When I was a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin I, like most other anthropologists interested in the “humanistic” side of anthropology, took what they called “Social Core.” This class, formally entitled “Introduction to Graduate Social Anthropology (ANT 392),” was largely seen as a “trial by fire” which served to separate out […]

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Thought for the day….

I just saw this posted by my friend and colleague Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste…and the quote speaks to many aspects of my life at the moment…both my work and my personal life… “…there is no agony like bearing an untold story…”– Zora Neale Hurston

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Howard Anthropology Under Fire

This month I have received a couple alarming e-mails from my colleagues at Howard University. It appears that Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau has recently revealed his plans to close the anthropology program in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology–along with other programs such as the B.A. in African Studies, Classics, and Philosophy. This […]

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The Status Is NOT Quo…

Check out this great blog posting/media-driven article from Katie Ramos (a Rhetoric/Folklorist @ the University of Wisconsin at Madison) and the folks at the Folklore Forum: “Heroes Are Over With: Possibilities for Folk Hybridity in “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” …I want to be in the Evil League of Evil…or maybe just in the Folklore Forum!

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Glazed America….

My friend Paul Mullins has hit it big with his new book Glazed America…an African Diaspora archaeologist goes pop culture historian… NPR joins in: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94095945 Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080721152000.htm Check it out for yourself: http://www.upf.com/book.asp?id=MULLIS07 or http://www.amazon.com/Glazed-America-Doughnut-Paul-Mullins/dp/0813032385

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Class vs. Race

In a post entitled “Ethnographic study: Why the education system fails white working-class children” on :: antropologi.info ::, Lorenz blogs about class as a forgotten issue in our culture (or at least in the educational system in the UK). This post caught my eye as I’ve been writing a synthesis of how archaeologists have dealt […]

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Why Cemeteries?

Some folks who follow my Flickr stream have commented on the fact that I seem to have become obsessed with cemeteries in southwestern Arkansas…”Why so many cemetery visits?” someone asked (I think my Station Assistant shares this confusion, but he has not directly asked me yet). There are several reasons for my newly acquired cemetery […]

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