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Mini-essays linked on this page were developed to expand on topics mentioned in various classes. Most of these are a little longer than the simple definitions in the Glossary of Specialized Terms in Anthropology. A few evolved into longer essays on independent pages, which have also been linkd here.

Early Agriculture

  1. Beer
  2. Cacao, Cocoa, and Chocolate
  3. Chinampas
  4. Fermentation & Distillation
  5. Millet & Sorghum
  6. Wine

  7. Independent page: Tea

Geography

  1. Eurasia
  2. Loess (Löss) Soil
  3. Near East and Middle East
  4. Savanna Environments
  5. Steppe Environments
  6. Tundra Environments

  7. Independent page: Beringia

Historically Important Diseases

  1. AIDS
  2. Anthrax
  3. Cholera
  4. Dengue Fever
  5. Flu
  6. Malaria
  7. Plague
  8. Smallpox

Materials Frequently Referred to by Archaeologists

  1. Amber
  2. Bitumen
  3. Catlinite (Pipestone)
  4. Cinnabar
  5. Clay
  6. Cloisonné
  7. Faience (Faïence)
  8. Flint
  9. Jade
  10. Lacquer
  11. Lapis Lazuli
  12. Malachite
  13. Mica
  14. Obsidian
  15. Plaster & Cement
  16. Red Ochre
  17. Slate
  18. Soapstone

  19. Independent page: Cloth
  20. Independent page: Metallurgy

Archaeological Tool Traditions

  1. Oldowan Tools (2.5 mya - 1.5 mya)
  2. Acheulean Tradition (1.5 mya - 100 kya)
  3. Mousterian Tradition (100 kya - 35 kya)
  4. Châtelperronian Tradition (32,000 BC - 27,000 BC)
  5. Aurignacian Tradition (30,000 BC - 28,000 BC)
  6. Perigordian Tradition (32,000 BC - 22,000 BC)
  7. Gravettian Tradition (27,000 BC - 20,000 BC)
  8. Solutrean Tradition (20,000 BC - 15000 BC)
  9. Magdalenian Tradition (15,000 BC - 8,000 BC)
  10. Ahrensburgian Tradition (8,500 BC)
  11. Hamburgian Tradition (11,000 BC)
  12. Azilian Tradition (9,000 BC - 8,000 BC)

  13. Neolithic
  14. Neolithic Ground Stone Tools

  15. Independent page: Stone Tools
  16. Independent page: Paleo-Indian Spear Points

Religion

  1. Creationism
  2. Cults
  3. Myths & Legends
  4. Sects
  5. Shamans & Shamanism
  6. Syncretism
  7. Superstition
  8. Theories of Religion
  9. Trance & Possession

Social Structure & Sociocultural Anthropology

  1. Communism and Cultural Evolution
  2. Divine Kingship
  3. Elites
  4. Ethnocentrism
  5. Feudalism
  6. Functionalism
  7. Political Legitimacy
  8. Raiding
  9. Reciprocity
  10. Status
  11. Tributary States

Miscellaneous Other Stuff

  1. Calumets (Peace Pipes)
  2. Grass Eating
  3. Harpoons and Leisters
  4. Lost Wax Metal Casting
  5. The Word Manchu
  6. Peking and Beijing
  7. Sexual Dimorphism
  8. Soap
  9. Steelyards
  10. Stone Sickles
  11. Teeth and Dentition
  12. Representation of Very Large Numbers

  13. Independent page: Evolution
  14. Independent page: The Bantu Expansion
  15. Independent page: Human Birth & Bipedalism
  16. Essays on Theory

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