Week 8: Comparative Osteology

Physical anthropologists rely on osteology, or the scientific study of bones, to identify individual species, learn about the lives of an individual, or even to identify ancient illnesses (aka paleopathology). The skeletal features of bones reflect the life histories of individuals, and trained osteologists can use those features to identify the age, sex, diet, and, … Continue reading “Week 8: Comparative Osteology”

Week 5: Meddling Monkeys Scavenger Hunt

One of the ways that physical anthropologists learn about people is to study our nearest living relatives – primates. Primates include any member of the group of animals that includes human beings, apes, and monkeys. Learning about how primates navigate their world helps us understand the challenges and survival strategies that humans had to face … Continue reading “Week 5: Meddling Monkeys Scavenger Hunt”

Week 3: Archaeology and Garbology

After a brief hiatus, the TMSE blog is finally being updated!   For this week’s lesson, our students learned about another branch of anthropology – archaeology.  Archaeology is the branch of anthropology that focuses on studying people in the past. However, since archaeologists cannot follow the lead of ethnographers and ask ancient peoples about their … Continue reading “Week 3: Archaeology and Garbology”

Week 1: Introduction to Anthropology & Creating a Clan

Dr. Brooke Persons, reporting for duty. Our first week of the UA-TMSE partnership was a resounding success. We started off the semester with a brief introduction to Anthropology and a discussion of culture, a concept that unifies the four fields of anthropology. Culture, or the shared knowledge that guides behavior and distinguishes one group from … Continue reading “Week 1: Introduction to Anthropology & Creating a Clan”

Welcome to UA-TMSE Anthropology Spring 2014!

Welcome to the blog of the Spring 2014 partnership between the University of Alabama’s Department of Anthropology and the Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools – Elementary (TMSE)! Over the next 12 weeks, this blog will follow our exploits as we teach an Introduction to Anthropology class to a group of 3rd and 4th graders from TMSE. The … Continue reading “Welcome to UA-TMSE Anthropology Spring 2014!”