brings together communities, individuals, and academics to document and revitalize endangered languages and knowledge from around the world.
Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska is an exhibition catalog with essays and photography that provide an in-depth view of Alaska Native cultural heritage.
Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th Century Chesapeake is an exploration of what forensic scientists can learn about a person’s age, ancestry, sex, and cause of death by examining their bones.
Anthropology is the study of humans and their societies in the past and present.
The research conducted by the Department of Anthropology staff covers a wide range of topics and areas of the world. Topics include human-environmental interactions, population migration, origins of domestication, linguistics, and forensic anthropology, among many others.
The collections of the Department of Anthropology are a vast and unparalleled resource for inquiry into the world's cultures, from prehistory to the present day.
Department of Anthropology Staff, 2007
19th Century Explorers and Anthropologists: Developing the Earliest Anthropology Collections for the Smithsonian
Six Smithsonian anthropologists relate the fascinating stories of how the Smithsonian came into possession of important, early collections from around the world and their value for research and local communities to this day.
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