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Turkey day

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | November 24, 2010

The traditional Thanksgiving meal– turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie– is a commemorative meal. This every school child learns. But the history of that meal goes far further back than 1621. And the story it tells is far broader than the New England tale that will be retold all over the US tomorrow. … Continue reading »

What makes us human?

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | July 11, 2010

In some ways, anthropology can be understood as a discipline that takes this question as its focus. Usually, this would be illustrated by anthropological studies of the things like the origin of human language, life in the earliest cities, or how different societies experience and account for changes that come with aging. But there are … Continue reading »