Cameron Laird's personal index to anthropologic resources on the net

[little maintained since 1996]

What the Internet can do for anthropology.

The four fields



Linguistic anthropology.

Socio-cultural anthropology.

Special topics

Domestication. Professional concerns.

Human universals [include references here].

Anthropology on the 'Net

Net resources

Barry Waid has ambitious plans to monitor anthropologic news and resources.

Allen Lutins maintains a Master compendium of anthropologic resources, with mirrors at ...[explain] Note that it's over 12 kB, and growing.

The 1995 Program of the AAA Annual Meeting now has its own home page.

Michelle R. has recommended "Anthropology on the Web" to me as a good starting point to search for what's available in anthropology on WWW. Also outstanding is Nicole's AnthroPage.

Meredith Bruns continually upgrades the Center for Anthropology and Journalism Home Page.

Seeker1's CyberAnthropology Page.

Brian Schwimmer shows much leadership with what he's doing at his Web site in Manitoba. Note particularly his tutorials, including the new material on kinship.

HADDON is an on-line catalogue of archival ethnographic film.


Newsgroups of anthropologic interest


The charter. 6417 bytes.

Also, there's an inchoate FAQ.

Current articles.



Danny Yee founded and energizes the sci.anthropology.paleo newsgroup, whose home page he maintains.




On-line mailing lists



iinet anthropology


My thanks to Sarah, who recommended this "Social Science Resource Guide for Archaeology" to me in 2018.


Mayan calendars (MSDOS). 175630 bytes.

Radiologic calibration (MSDOS). 252080 bytes.


Johns Hopkins has a gopher that leads to volumes of information on the Human Genome.

Penn State's Population Research Institute has information of interest to bioanthropologists.

My thanks to Sofia, who in 2013 recommended to me David DiGiallorenzo's "Dental Analysis in Archaeology".

[Some time I need to say a few words about Neal Haskell and his work in forensic entomology at Saint Joseph's College.]

sci.anthropology.paleo covers much of the range of bioanthropology.

I posted a review of Hellige's book on handedness to and sci.{anthropology,biology,psychology}, and a review of two books on human origins to sci.anthropology and elsewhere.

Neoteny (paedomorphosis, heterochrony, ...)

Keeping up with Bill Calvin's output is good exercise.

Professional concerns and resources

I wrote an article for ANTHRO-L and sci.anthropology on the professional mentality of anthropologists and their work process. I have excessively-vague plans to flesh it out to a rounded manifesto.

David Graeber has made the epilogue of his dissertation Web-available, which is wonderful, because it's a challenging piece of writing which deserves circulation. This is an example of why essays exist: in straightforward language, he illustrates how questions about the nature of ethnography, the philosophy of science, xenophobia, causality, colonialism, epistemology of the Other, and all the big policy debates are woven together, and deserve our humble, respectful attention.


Speculation on early use of grains.

Archaeology of domestication in Anatolia.

Remarks on quinoa and other chenopodia.

See also the section on bioanthropology.


Software applications


Jacques Guy's glottochronologic application (MSDOS) 173915 bytes.

Jacques Guy's CHANCE (MSDOS), "[a] program for simulating the incidence of chance resemblances on language comparison".


Sources for fonts of interest to linguists:
	Bonneville Electronics
	+1 801 776 5972

	Ecological Linguistics
	P.O. Box 15156
	Washington, DC 20003
	United States
	(202) 546-5862

	Linguist's Software
	P.O. Box 580
	Edmonds, WA 98020-0580
	United States
	(425) 775-1130
	(425) 771-5911 FAX
	   Linguist's Software offers fonts covering over 630 human languages.
   Chuck Coker <CJCoker@CSUPomona.Edu>
   Indigenous Languages Project
   P.O. Box 2931
   San Bernardino, CA 92406-2931
   United States
   (909) 882-2099
is a fontsmith with an inclination and aptitude to develop fonts for indigenous languages at low cost.

Net resources

Covington and Rosenfelder productively maintain the useful sci.lang FAQ.

The Human Languages Page of Tyler Jones.

The CTI Centre for Textual Studies of Oxford University's Resource Guide is a good introduction to mechanical textual analysis.

The Yamada Language Center has information about Cree, Cherokee, Burmese, Lakota, ...

Jim Jewett keeps a good page of language resources.

For information on the Moby lexicon, "finger".

Particular topics


Jacques Guy has made a couple of DOS applications available publicly. The theory supporting them appears in "An Algorithm for Reconstructing Language Families ...", available here as just over 100kB of zipped binary which dilates to thirty-three pages of PostScript. I believe Dr. Guy would also make this available as a Word for Windows source, were interest sufficient. Dr. Guy published "Glottochronology without cognate recognition" in the 1981 volume of Pacific Linguistics (Canberra); I have yet to put my hands on this, though.


I posted a notice of Myers-Scotton's book on code-switching to and sci.{anthropology,lang}. Related works include S. Poplack's 1980 articles in volume 18 of Linguistics, pages 581-618, and Francois Grosjean's Life with Two Languages: An Introduction to Bilingualism.


I've studied the Saami of northern Fennoscandia a bit. At some point, I'll make available here reviews of (I'm scrambling madly in search of an acceptable HTML style for bibliographic reference)
Robert Paine
Herds of the Tundra: A Portrait of Saami Reindeer Pastoralism
Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC
242 pages, $59
and also Hugh Beach's 1994 book, among others.

Socio-cultural anthropology

High latitude

I have a particular interest in polar studies. For fun, read the The New South Polar Times.

Net culture

The culture of the Net


Norden, or northern Fennoscandia



Stephanie Folse's history of gypsies.

Sheila Salo [] ably represents the Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society on the Internet. She recommends that one

very accessible history, which tries to take into account recent scholarly work, is Angus Fraser's The Gypsies, 1992 (2nd ed., 1995).

For the US, see the comprehensive annotated bibliography, Gypsies and Travelers in North America (1994).


Also, I'm planning to make available some time soon a review of Lieber's More Than a Living: Fishing and the Social Order on a Polynesian Atoll.

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