Contents of Resources
1) It is worth checking out the Sociology and Archaeology specific pages.
2) Oxford Podcasts - the excellent Oxford Podcasts include a series of almost 200 podcasts looking at different aspacts of Anthropology and other similar packed podcast libraries in associated disciplines - worthy of an explore for undergraduate, graduate and other interested people.
3) Podcasts - This is largely a historical resources, but there are resources for Anthropology to be found! It's all in a series of podcasts on the BBC History magazine website covering topics from the Vikings to Victorian schools, from social history to reviews of new books, from the history of swearing to chocolate in the British Empire, from Wellington to US history... They can easily be downloaded for those moments when Boyzone have become a little tedious... maybe for the journey into college or for the times you are walking through the Mersey Valley and soaking up the latest rays of sun (or as we're in Manchester, rain).
5) Dwelling on the Neanderthals - Many people mention Neanderthal man, but few can tell anything about them. The latest discoveries show that they were technically more advanced than we previously thought, and actually made homes out of mammoth bones. For a cursory look at this work, sourced in France and based on groundwork in the Ukraine, look here. This brief article can lead to other interesting links (including Neanderthals and language, Neanderthal intelligence and Neanderthals interbreeding with humans).
6) Seven ages of the human body - Dr John Robb is an archaeologist and has been studying how people have understood the human body over the last 10,000 years. His 6 minute podcast gives an interesting introduction to his work on how perceptions of the body have evolved through time: his insight can give food for thought to anthropologists, historians, sociologists, medics, psychologists, and biologists.
7) The road to gender - Okay, this isn't an academically robust resource... but it is a piece of general information which will help your awareness of the world around you. It is to do with street names. A study has been carried out in Italy, and it has found that in the major cities, many streets have names dedicated to males, but very few to females. A cursory look at London finds the same sort of pattern. The article is worth a read for general interest, and shows a well rounded grounding for students of some subjects!
1) Biological anthropology looks at the physical development of human beings. It has been central to the debates of evolution and racial mapping, and examines the relationship between humans and their environment. An outline of the Cambridge course is here, and includes an introductory reading list.
2) Social Anthropology is the comparative study of human society and culture, including economics, kinship, religion and politics. An outline of the Cambridge course is here, and includes a good introductory reading list for prospective students. The Oxford reading list for Human Sciences is rather comprehensive, and the students perspectives on the Human Science course are also very informative. A more extensive reading list on Social Anthropology at Oxford is provided here.
3) The American Anthropological Association website gives clear outlines of the different aspects of Anthropology as well as excellent resources for Teachers, Students, Researchers and toher groups!
4) The Association of Social Anthropology has a most informative website, which includes articles and other resources of great interest.
5) Human Sacrifices are a feature of some societies: an interesting National Geographic article suggests that sacrifices made at a Peruvian Temple were war captives.
6) Lost tribes - indigenous people are a diminishing feature of the modern world. In 2014 an Amazonian tribe made contact with a village and it was filmed. The story was reported by the Guardian and the Independent.
7) Human races: this is looked at by an American Professor, B Ricardo Brown. His blog has a wealth of resources, though his lectures can be heavy duty reading. A good assessment of his work is in a review of his main book, Until Darwin: Science, Human variety and the origins of race.
8) Early Hominins: a discovery of a 'new' hominin in 2013 has given rise to new research and speculation. Was life on Earth as UCL's evolutionary geneticist Mark Thomas implies - a Lord of the Rings type world with many hominid populations? To find out more look at the article in the New Scientist, or in Nature. This New Scientist article has a look at the origins of life (remember, the full editions of the magazines are in the College library!) A physicist explains WHY life exists here! A 51' video of the origins of homo sapiens is here! In the same series is a programme about homo erectus, and a final of the three looking at how homo sapiens are the only species of hominins surviving. There is a series called The Incredible Human Journey, based on Alice Roberts' book, The Human Journey, the first of the series is here, looking at Neanderthal Man and Homo Sapiens (although it doesn't suggest that there was inter-breeding, of which there has been genetic evidence!)
9) Regional DNA - a study at Oxford had found that the regional divisions of Britain persist today - as found through an analysis of DNA - reported here! Another study found that the Celts were not a distinct race, and a there is a suggestion (in the Daily Mail) that the Welsh are the 'purest' Britons!
10) Palaeontology and Evolution - a very brief introduction to the work of George Cuvier is here (two minute youtube clip). A more general look at extinction is in this 56' documentary - it points out that the average lifespan of a species is about 4 million years....