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Archaeology of the Métis  

Kisha Supernant

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Jan 2018
This article reviews the history of Métis archaeological research in Canada. The Métis of Canada arose as a distinct Indigenous identity in the postcontact period and provide an ... More

Class and Ethnicity in Ancient Mesoamerica  

Elizabeth M. Brumfiel and Cynthia Robin

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article discusses notions of class and ethnicity in ancient Mesoamerica. Class differences in Mesoamerica were papered over by the inclusion of individuals of varying social statuses ... More

The Construction of an Identity and the Politics of Remembering  

Carmen A. Laguer Díaz

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Mar 2013
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Jun 2013
This article examines nation building and its perpetuation through social memory and social identity theory to understand how it affects, and is affected by, the politics surrounding ... More

Creolization in the Investigation of Rock Art of the Colonial Era  

Sam Challis

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Jul 2017
If the authorship of rock art by particular groups is assumed, the very object under study can unwittingly be falsely attributed. Our interpretations have largely failed to incorporate ... More

Demographic aspects of Iron Age societies  

Stefan Burmeister and Michael Gebühr

This chapter looks at the demography of European populations from the pre-Roman Iron Age to the Migration period, with a focus on central, northern, and north-western Europe. As well as ... More

Ethnography  

Kent Fowler

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
The chapter discusses the contributions of ethnographic research to study of ceramic manufacturing practices in past societies. Ethnoarchaeology and material culture studies are identified ... More

From Ethnohistory to Ethnogenesis: A Historiography of Hunter-Gatherer Cultural Anthropology in California and the Great Basin  

David Robinson

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Apr 2014
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Sep 2013
Comparing the hunter-gatherers of California and the Great Basin illustrates enormous differences between the two regions in terms of indigenous society and the types of issues ... More

Hunter-Gatherer Gender and Identity  

Robert Jarvenpa and Hetty Jo Brumbach

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Apr 2014
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Jul 2014
Genetic and archaeological evidence indicates that South Asia was one of the world's most densely populated geographic regions in the Late Pleistocene. Genetic coalescence ages point to ... More

Identity  

Katelijn Vandorpe

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Jun 2012
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Nov 2012
This article discusses identity in Roman Egypt, covering collective identities, state identity, social classes and legal categories, shifts in collective identity, gender, ethnicity and ... More

Indigenous communities under Rome  

Adam Rogers

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Sep 2018
This chapter focuses on a number of specific themes that can help us understand the nature of continuities of traditional Iron Age practices following Roman conquest, the development of ... More

Infant Head Shaping in Eurasia in the First Millennium ad  

Susanne Hakenbeck

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May 2018
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Jun 2018
Head shaping was a common practice in the areas around the Black Sea in the first centuries ad. From there it spread into central and western Europe. By the fifth and sixth centuries ad it ... More

The Jews in Roman Egypt: Trials and Rebellions  

Andrew Harker

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Jun 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the status, history, and development of the Jewish communities in Alexandria and Egypt during the Roman period, using the evidence from literary writings of Philo and ... More

The Light of the Flame: Use and Symbolism of Light and Lighting Devices in Traditional Greek Culture  

Eleni Bintsi

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Jun 2017
This chapter presents a study of light, in particular light produced by flame, by investigating the most representative lighting devices used in preindustrial Greece. The symbolism of ... More

Nahua Ethnicity  

James M. Taggert

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Ethnicity is the classification of self and others that develops among groups occupying the same region and sometimes competing for the same scarce resources. Scholars of the ancient as ... More

Native American Diaspora and Ethnogenesis  

Craig N. Cipolla

This chapter considers the current state and future of archaeological studies of Native American diaspora and ethnogenesis. It begins with an exploration of the broader literature ... More

Past Images, Contemporary Practices: Reuse of Rock Art Images in Contemporary San Art of Southern Africa  

Leïla Baracchini and Julien Monney

The emergence in the early 1990s of two contemporary San art projects in Botswana and South Africa has immediately been related to San rock art. Researchers have since that deconstructed ... More

Personhood and Social Relations  

Nyree Finlay

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Apr 2014
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Sep 2013
The relational properties of hunter-gatherer lifeworlds constitute a productive arena for exploring constructs of personhood and social relations. As personhood emerges from perceptual and ... More

Regions, groups, and identity: An intellectual history  

T.L. Thurston

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Sep 2018
Archaeologists once viewed super-individual identity as primordial and tied to territorial boundaries, useful for describing an orderly past and creating national or ethnic genealogies. ... More

Rock Art and Aesthetics  

Thomas Heyd

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Mar 2017
Rock art constitutes a significant cultural testimony, providing insights into the visual imagery of lifeways that are fundamentally different from those of people today. The extant corpus ... More

Rock Art and Ethnography in Australia  

Liam M. Brady, Robert G. Gunn, Claire Smith, and Bruno David

This chapter discusses the contribution of ethnography to the study of Australian rock art. With more than 100 years of ethnographic enquiry into rock art from across the country, valuable ... More

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