What is Anthropology?
-a study of human behaviour
-historical/temporal scope and time
-non-western peoples (history of looking at indigenous peoples)
-holistic perspective, looks at people, their behaviours, at the point of view of everything people
-“norms”, basically rules of behaviour that everyone in a group agrees on.
Four Sub Fields:
-We as humans are very similar in how we live
1)Archeology: the study of human behaviour by looking at the material objects, the
physical objects people leave behind. Based on physical remains of past or prior human
activity. What people leave behind after they have used them (“study of garbage”).
Ed Hedican —> how people adapted to different environments.
-They reconstruct behaviours, ﬁgure out how those things could of been used.
-How do features change over time
-Methods—> systematic diggings, dates and ages of objects (chemical analysis)
2) Biological Anthropology: Starts with we are all biological creatures, we are all
- Evolution—> when do we show up? (ex. what happened to the neanderthals?)
-primatology —> non human
-human variation —> genetic level
-Adaptation, how we adapt
-Medicine, (ex. medicine anthropology) (ex. why are certain people for susceptible to
some disease then other people?)
-Forensics —> “Bones”
-Methods —> systematic digging, medical medicines, DNA analysis