Penn Anthropology continues to pioneer innovations in anthropology and beyond. Our evolutionary anthropologists study population genetics and reproductive health, ancient hominids and modern primates, whether at laboratories on campus or at field sites in South America and the Middle East. Our archeological anthropologists study ancient Mesopotamia, the Maya, the Inca, colonial North America, and heritage culture around the world. Our sociocultural and linguistic anthropologists investigate contemporary media, politics, corporations, globalization, migration, race, and urban poverty. Faculty in all three sections contribute to programs in Culture Contact and Colonialism, Medical Anthropology and Global Health, and Native American Studies.

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Submissions from 2016

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Considering the Feather Headdress, Margaret Bruchac

Submissions from 2015

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Iñupiaq Smoking and Siberian Reindeer, Margaret Bruchac

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Ladies in fur, Traveling Through Time, Margaret Bruchac

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Mackosi’kwe’s Baskets: Marking Relationships, Margaret Bruchac

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Shells & Nails on the Wampum Trail, Margaret Bruchac

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The Speck Connection: Recovering Histories of Indigenous Objects, Margaret Bruchac

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Wampum Research: Notes from the Trail 2014-2015, Margaret Bruchac

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Globalization via World Urbanization: The Crucial Phase, Brian Spooner

Submissions from 2014

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Of Shells and Ship's Nails, Margaret Bruchac

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From Cheek Swabs to Consensus Sequences: An A to Z Protocol for High-Throughput DNA Sequencing of Complete Human Mitochondrial Genomes, Andrew Clarke, Stefan Prost, Jo-Ann L. Stanton, W Timothy J. White, Matthew E. Kaplan, Elizabeth A. Matisoo-Smith, The Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

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Geographic Population Structure Analysis of Worldwide Human Populations Infers Their Biogeographical Origins, Eran Elhaik, Tatiana Tatarinova, Dmitri Chebotarev, Ignazio S. Piras, Carla Maria Calò, Antonella De Montis, Manuela Atzori, Monica Marini, Sergio Tofanelli, Paolo Francalacci, Luca Pagani, Chris Tyler-Smith, Yali Xue, Francesco Cucca, Theodore G. Schurr, Jill Bennett Gaieski, Carlalynne Melendez, Miguel G. Vilar, Amanda C. Owings, Rocío Gómez, Ricardo Fujita, Fabrício R. Santos, David Comas, Oleg Balanovsky, Elena Balanovska, Pierre A. Zalloua, Himla Soodyall, Ramasamy Pitchappan, Arun Kumar Ganesh Prasad, Michael Hammer, Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith, R. Spencer Wells, and Genographic Consortium

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Mitochondrial Genome Sequencing in Mesolithic North East Europe Unearths a New Sub-Clade Within the Broadly Distributed Human Haplogroup C1, Clio Der Sarkissian, Paul Brotherton, Oleg Balanovska, Jennifer E. L Templeton, Bastien Llamas, Julien Soubrier, Vyacheslav Moiseyev, Valery Khartanovich, Alan Cooper, Wolfgang Haak, Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

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Citizenship From Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom, Deborah A. Thomas

Submissions from 2013

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Y-Chromosome and mtDNA Genetics Reveal Significant Contrasts in Affinities of Modern Middle Eastern Populations With European and African Populations, Danielle A. Badro, Bouchra Douaihy, Marc Haber, Sonia C. Youhanna, Angélique Salloum, Michella Ghassibe-Sabbagh, Brian Johnsrud, Georges Khazen, Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith, David F. Soria-Hernanz, R. Spencer Wells, Chris Tyler-Smith, Daniel E. Platt, Pierre A. Zalloua, Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

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Uniparental Markers in Italy Reveal a Sex-Biased Genetic Structure and Different Historical Strata, Alessio Boattini, Begoña Martinez-Cruz, Stefania Sarno, Christine Harmant, Antonella Useli, Paula Sanz, Daniele Yang-Yao, Jeremy Manry, Graziella Ciani, Donata Luiselli, Lluis Quintana-Murci, David Comas, Davide Pettener, Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

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Ancient DNA Reveals Key Stages in the Formation of Central European Mitochondrial Genetic Diversity, Guido Brandt, Wolfgang Haak, Christina J. Adler, Christina Roth, Anna Szécsényi-Nagy, Sarah Karimnia, Sabine Möller-Rieker, Harald Meller, Robert Ganslmeier, Susanne Friederich, Veit Dresely, Nicole Nicklisch, Joseph K. Pickrell, Frank Sirocko, David Reich, Alan Cooper, Kurt W. Alt, and Genographic Consortium

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Neolithic Mitochondrial Haplogroup H Genomes and the Genetic Origins of Europeans, Paul Brotherton, Wolfgang Haak, Jennifer E. L Templeton, Guido Brandt, Julien Soubrier, Christina J. Adler, Stephen M. Richards, Clio Der Sarkissian, Robert Ganslmeier, Susanne Friederich, Veit Dresely, Mannis van Oven, Rosalie Kenyon, Mark B. Van der Hoek, Jonas Korlach, Khai Luong, Simon Y.W. Ho, Lluis Quintana-Murci, Doron M. Behar, Harald Meller, Kurt W. Alt, Alan Cooper, Syama Adhikarla, Arun Kumar Ganesh Prasad, Ramasamy Pitchappan, Arun Varatharajan Santhakumari, Elena Balanovska, Oleg Balanovska, Jaume Bertranpetit, David Comas, Begoña Martinez-Cruz, Marta Melé, Andrew C. Clarke, Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith, Matthew C. Dulik, Jill Bennett Gaieski, Amanda C. Owings, Theodore G. Schurr, Miguel G. Vilar, Jennifer L Hobbs, Angela Hoobs, Himla Soodyall, Asif Javed, Laxmi Parida, Daniel E. Platt, Ajay K. Royyuru, Li Jin, Shilin Li, Matthew E. Kaplan, Nirav C. Merchant, R. John Mitchell, Colin Renfrew, Daniela R. Lacerda, Fabrício R. Santos, David F. Soria-Hernanz, R. Spencer Wells, Pandikumar Swamikrishnan, Chris Tyler-Smith, Pedro Paulo R. Vieira, Janet Ziegle, and Genographic Consortium

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Art or Patrimony? Indigenous Objects in the International Art Market, Margaret Bruchac

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New Native American Studies Initiative at Penn, Margaret Bruchac

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The GenoChip: A New Tool for Genetic Anthropology, Eran Elhaik, Elliott Greenspan, Sean Staats, Thomas Krahn, Chris Tyler-Smith, Yali Xue, Sergio Tofanelli, Francesco Cucca, Luca Pagani, Li Jin, Hui Li, Theodore G. Schurr, Bennett Greenspan, R. Spencer Wells, and Genographic Consortium

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Mitochondrial Genetic Background Modulates Bioenergetics and Susceptibility to Acute Cardiac Volume Overload, Jessica L. Fetterman, Blake R. Zelickson, Larry W. Johnson, Douglas R. Moellering, David G. Westbrook, Melissa Pompilius, Melissa J. Sammy, Michelle Johnson, Kimberly J. Dunham‑Snary, Xuemei Cao∥, Wayne E. Bradley, Jinju Zhang, Chih‑Chang Wei, Balu Chacko, Theodore G. Schurr, Robert A. Kesterson, Louis J. Dell’italia, Victor M. Darley‑Usmar, Danny R. Welch, and Scott W. Ballinger

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The Genetic History of Indigenous Populations of the Peruvian and Bolivian Altiplano: The Legacy of the Uros, José Raul Sandoval, Daniela R. Lacerda, Marilza S. A Jota, Alberto Salazar-Granara, Pedro Paulo R. Vieira, Oscar Acosta, Cinthia Cuellar, Susana Revollo, Ricardo Fujita, Fabrício R. Santos, Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

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Ancient DNA Reveals Prehistoric Gene-Flow From Siberia in the Complex Human Population History of North East Europe, Clio Der Sarkissian, Oleg Balanovsky, Guido Brandt, Valery Khartanovich, Alexandra Buzhilova, Sergey Koshel, Valery Zaporozhchenko, Detlef Gronenborn, Vyacheslav Moiseyev, Eugen Kolpakov, Vladimir Shumkin, Kurt W. Alt, Elena Balanovska, Alan Cooper, Wolfgang Haak, Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

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Genetic Background and Climatic Droplet Keratopathy Incidence in a Mapuche Population From Argentina, Theodore G. Schurr, Matthew C. Dulik, Thamara A. Cafaro, María F. Suarez, Julio A. Urrets-Zavalia, and Horacio M. Serra

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Racial Situations: Nationalist Vindication and Radical Deconstructionism, Deborah A. Thomas

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The Problem With Violence: Exceptionality and Sovereignty in the New World, Deborah A. Thomas

Submissions from 2012

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Population Differentiation of Southern Indian Male Lineages Correlates With Agricultural Expansions Predating the Caste System, GaneshPrasad ArunKumar, David F. Soria-Hernanz, Valampuri John Kavitha, Varatharajan Santhakumari Arun, Adhikarla Syama, Kumaran Samy Ashokan, Kavandanpatti Thangaraj Gandhirajan, Koothapuli Vijayakumar, Muthuswamy Narayanan, Mariakuttikan Jayalakshmi, Janet S. Ziegle, Ajay K. Royyuru, Laxmi Parida, R. Spencer Wells, Colin Renfrew, Theodore G. Schurr, Chris Tyler Smith, Daniel E. Platt, Ramasamy Pitchappan, and Genographic Consortium

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Afghanistan's Ethnic Groups Share a Y-Chromosomal Heritage Structured by Historical Events, Marc Haber, Daniel E. Platt, Maziar Ashrafian Bonab, Sonia C. Youhanna, David F. Soria-Hernanz, Begoña Martínez-Cruz, Bouchra Douaihy, Michella Ghassibe-Sabbagh, Hoshang Rafatpanah, Mohsen Ghanbari, John Whale, Oleg Balanovska, R. Spencer Wells, David Comas, Chris Tyler-Smith, Pierre A. Zalloua, Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

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Y-Chromosome Analysis in Individuals Bearing the Basarab Name of the First Dynasty of Wallachian Kings, Begoña Martinez-Cruz, Mihai Ioana, Francesc Calafell, Lara R. Arauna, Paula Sanz, Ramona Ionescu, Sandu Boengiu, Luba Kalaydjieva, Horolma Pamjav, Halyna Makukh, Theo Plantinga, Jos W. M van der Meer, David Comas, Mihai G. Netea, Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

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On the Edge of Empire: 2008 and 2009 Excavations at Oğlanqala, Azerbaijan, Lauren Ristvet, Hilary Gopnik, Veli Bakhshaliyev, Hannah Lau, Safar Ashurov, and Robert Bryant

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Afghan Languages in a Larger Context of Central and South Asia, Harold F. Schiffman and Brian Spooner

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Balochi: Towards a Biography of the Language, Brian Spooner

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Persian, Farsi, Dari, Tajiki: Language Names and Language Policies, Brian Spooner

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Persian as Koine: Written Persian in World-Historical Perspective, Brian Spooner and William L. Hanaway

Submissions from 2011

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Parallel Evolution of Genes and Languages in the Caucasus Region, Oleg Balanovsky, Khadizhat Dibirova, Anna Dybo, Oleg Mudrak, Svetlana Frolova, Elvira Pocheshkhova, Marc Haber, Daniel E. Platt, Theodore G. Schurr, Wolfgang Haak, Marina Kuznetsova, Magomed Radzhabov, Olga Balaganskaya, Alexey Romanov, Tatiana Zakharova, David F. Soria-Hernanz, Pierre A. Zalloua, Sergey Koshel, Merritt Ruhlen, Colin Renfrew, R. Spencer Wells, Chris Tyler-Smith, Elena Balanovska, and Genographic Consortium

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International Museum Repatriation Issues in the News, Margaret Bruchac

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Revisiting Pocumtuck History in Deerfield: George Sheldon’s Vanishing Indian Act, Margaret Bruchac

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Human Migration Through Bottlenecks From Southeast Asia Into East Asia During Last Glacial Maximum Revealed by Y Chromosomes, Xiaoyun Cai, Zhendong Qin, Bo Wen, Shuhua Xu, Yi Wang, Yan Lu, Lanhai Wei, Chuanchao Wang, Shilin Li, Xingqiu Huang, Li Jin, Hui Li, Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

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Y-Chromosome Variation in Altaian Kazakhs Reveals a Common Paternal Gene Pool for Kazakhs and the Influence of Mongolian Expansions, Matthew C. Dulik, Ludmila P. Osipova, and Theodore G. Schurr

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Agency, Causeways, Canals, and the Landscapes of Everyday Life in the Bolivian Amazon, Clark L. Erickson

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Multiplex Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism Typing of the Human Y Chromosome Using TaqMan Probes, Begoña Martínez-Cruz, Janet Ziegle, Paula Sanz, Graciela Sotelo, Roger Anglada, Stéphanie Plaza, David Comas, Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

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Travel and the Making of North Mesopotamian Polities, Lauren Ristvet

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Afghan Wars, Oriental Carpets, and Globalization, Brian Spooner

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Mitochondrial Genome Sequence Analysis: A Custom Bioinformatics Pipeline Substantially Improves Affymetrix MitoChip v2.0 Call Rate and Accuracy, Hongbo M. Xie, Juan C. Perin, Theodore G. Schurr, Matthew C. Dulik, Sergey I. Zhadanov, Joseph A. Baur, Michael P. King, Emily Place, Colleen Clarke, Michael Grauer, Jonathan Schug, Avni Santani, Anthony Albano, Cecilia Kim, Vincent Procaccio, Hakon Hakonarson, Xiaowu Gai, and Marni J. Falk

Submissions from 2010

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Ownership, Representation, and Repatriation, Margaret Bruchac

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The Transformation of Environment Into Landscape: The Historical Ecology of Monumental Earthwork Construction in the Bolivian Amazon, Clark L. Erickson

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Ancient DNA From European Early Neolithic Farmers Reveals Their Near Eastern Affinities, Wolfgang Haak, Oleg Balanovsky, Juan J. Sanchez, Sergey Koshel, Valery Zaporozhchenko, Christina J. Adler, Clio S. I. Der Sarkissian, Guido Brandt, Carolin Schwarz, Nicole Nicklisch, Veit Dresely, Barbara Fritsch, Elena Balanovska, Richard Villems, Harald Meller, Kurt W. Alt, Alan Cooper, Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

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A New Method to Reconstruct Recombination Events at a Genomic Scale, Marta Melé, Asif Javed, Francesc Calafell, Jaume Bertranpetit, Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

Submissions from 2009

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Comparative Variables for Trails, Paths, and Roads, Clark L. Erickson

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Precolumbian Causeways and Canals as Landesque Capital, Clark L. Erickson and John H. Walker

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Minimizing Recombinations in Consensus Networks for Phylogeographic Studies, Laxmi Parida, Asif Javed, Marta Melé, Francesc Calafell, Jaume Bertranpetit, Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

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Evaluation of Group Genetic Ancestry of Populations From Philadelphia and Dakar in the Context of Sex-Biased Admixture in the Americas, Klara Stefflova, Matthew C. Dulik, Athma A. Pai, Amy H. Walker, Charnita M. Zeigler-Johnson, Serigne M. Gueye, Theodore G. Schurr, and Timothy R. Rebbeck

Submissions from 2008

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A Novel 154-bp Deletion in the Human Mitochondrial DNA Control Region in Healthy Individuals, Doron M. Behar, Jason Blue-Smith, David F. Soria-Hernanz, Shay Tzur, Yarin Hadid, Concetta Bormans, Alexander Moen, Chris Tyler-Smith, Lluis Quintana-Murci, R. Spencer Wells, and Theodore G. Schurr

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Abenaki Indian Families, Tribes, Bands, and Legislation, Margaret Bruchac

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Zanjas Circundantes: Obras de Tierra Monumentales de Baures en la Amazonia Bolivia, Clark L. Erickson, Patricia Alvarez, and Sergio Calla

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Russian Old Believers: Genetic Consequences of Their Persecution and Exile, as Shown by Mitochondrial DNA Evidence, Samara Rubinstein, Matthew C. Dulik, Omer Gokcumen, Sergey I. Zhadanov, Ludmila P. Osipova, Maggie Cocca, Nishi Mehta, Marina Gubina, Olga Posukh, and Theodore G. Schurr

Submissions from 2007

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The Genographic Project Public Participation Mitochondrial DNA Database, Doron M. Behar, Saharon Rosset, Jason Blue-Smith, Oleg Balanovsky, Shay Tzur, David Comas, R. John Mitchell, Lluis Quintana-Murci, Chris Tyler-Smith, R. Spencer Wells, Genographic Consortium, and Theodore G. Schurr

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The Persistent Rhetoric of Empire: Strengthening Canadian Sovereignty at the Expense of Indigenous Peoples, Margaret Bruchac

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Melanesian mtDNA Complexity, Jonathan S. Friedlaender, Françoise R. Friedlaender, Jason A. Hodgson, Matthew Stoltz, George Koki, Gisele Horvat, Sergey I. Zhadanov, Theodore G. Schurr, and D. Andrew Merriwether

Submissions from 2006

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Time and Complexity in Historical Ecology, William Balée and Clark L. Erickson

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NAGPRA from the Middle Distance: Legal Puzzles and Unintended Consequences, Michael F. Brown and Margaret Bruchac

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Locating “Wissatinnewag” in John Pynchon’s Letter of 1663, Margaret Bruchac and Peter Thomas

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El Valor Actual de los Camellones de Cultivo Precolombinos: Experiencias del Perú y Bolivia, Clark L. Erickson

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Intensification, Political Economy, and the Farming Community; In Defense Of A Bottom-Up Perspective Of The Past, Clark L. Erickson

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The Domesticated Landscapes of the Bolivian Amazon, Clark L. Erickson

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The Historical Ecology of a Complex Landscape in Bolivia, Clark L. Erickson and William Balée

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Demeaned but Empowered: The Social Power of the Urban Poor in Jamaica, Deborah A. Thomas

Submissions from 2005

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Schaghticoke and Points North: Wôbanaki Resistance and Persistence, Margaret Bruchac

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Development, "Culture," and the Promise of Modern Progress, Deborah A. Thomas

Submissions from 2004

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Native Diaspora and New Communities: Algonkian and Wôbanakiak, Margaret Bruchac

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Native Land Use and Settlements in the Northeastern Woodlands, Margaret Bruchac

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Wôbanaki Lifeways - Circa 1600, Margaret Bruchac

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Biological Citizenship: The Science and Politics of Chernobyl-Exposed Populations, Adriana Petryna

Submissions from 2002

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Native Women Drumming, Margaret Bruchac

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Democratizing Dance: Institutional Transformation and Hegemonic Re-Ordering in Postcolonial Jamaica, Deborah A. Thomas

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Revising the Contours of History at Tell Leilan, Harvey Weiss, Francesca deLillis, Dominique deMoulins, Jesper Eidem, Thomas Guilderson, Ulla Kasten, Torben Larsen, Lucia Mori, Lauren Ristvet, Elena Rova, and Wilma Wetterstrom

Submissions from 2001

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Precolumbian Fish Farming in the Amazon, Clark L. Erickson

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Pre-Columbian Roads of the Amazon, Clark L. Erickson

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Pakistan Studies in the Age of Globalization, Brian Spooner

Submissions from 2000

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Dancing with a Foreign Accent ~ Travel Journal Excerpts, Margaret Bruchac

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The Lake Titicaca Basin: A Pre-Columbian Built Landscape, Clark L. Erickson

Submissions from 1999

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Neo-Environmental Determinism and Agrarian "Collapse" in Andean Prehistory, Clark L. Erickson

Submissions from 1995

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Archaeological Methods for the Study of Ancient Landscapes of the Llanos de Mojos in the Bolivian Amazon, Clark L. Erickson

Submissions from 1994

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Methodological Considerations in the Study of Ancient Andean Field Systems, Clark L. Erickson

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Raised Fields as a Sustainable Agricultural System from Amazonia, Clark L. Erickson

Submissions from 1992

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Insiders and Outsiders in Baluchistan: Western and Indigenous Perspectives on Ecology and Development, Brian Spooner

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Who are the Baluch? A Preliminary Investigation Into the Dynamics of an Ethnic Identity From Qajar Iran, Brian Spooner

Submissions from 1990

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Introduction to Savushun: A Novel About Modern Iran, Brian Spooner

Submissions from 1988

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Raised Field Agriculture in the Lake Titicaca Basin: Putting Ancient Agriculture Back to Work, Clark L. Erickson

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The Craft and Commerce of Oriental Carpets: Cultural Implications of Economic Success and Failure, Brian Spooner

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Weavers and Dealers: The Authenticity of an Oriental Carpet, Brian Spooner

Submissions from 1987

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Insiders and Outsiders in Baluchistan: Western and Indigenous Perspectives on Ecology and Development, Brian Spooner

Submissions from 1986

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Developing World: Challenges and Opportunities, Brian Spooner

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Fesenjan and Kashk: Culture and Metaculture, Brian Spooner

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The Significance of Desertification, Brian Spooner

Submissions from 1984

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Ecology in Development: A Rationale for Three-Dimensional Policy, Brian Spooner

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Nomads in a Wider Society, Brian Spooner

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The MAB Approach: Problems, Clarifications and a Proposal, Brian Spooner

Submissions from 1980

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Introduction to Cultural and Ecological Perspectives From the Turan Program, Iran, Brian Spooner

Submissions from 1979

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Buried Alive, Brian Spooner