AnthroNotes, the award winning publication of the Smithsonian’s Department of Anthropology, was published from 1979-2012 to present archaeological and anthropological research to educators and the public in an engaging and accessible style.

This Digital Repository makes available pdfs of all 84 issues. In addition, over 260 separate articles with new abstracts are fully downloadable in three formats designed for computers (PDF), Mobile devices (MOBI), and e-readers (E-PUB). Over 40 subject topics are listed along with author, title, and date.

Recent Submissions

  • Homiak, John P. (2005)
    Smithsonian anthropologist Homiak based this article on his decades-long research into the history and culture of the Rastafari.
  • Greene, Candace S. (2005)
    Smithsonian anthropologist Greene presents an overview of Plains Indian pictorial narratives known as Winter Counts and explains their importance in the history of Native peoples; illustrations and suggestions for further ...
  • Cunnion, Anh-Thu (2005)
    Lesson puts students into the role of 'investigative historians' as they use primary sources from archival records of the nineteenth century Lakota; suitable for grades 9-12.
  • Ward, Elisabeth (2000)
    Follow-up discussion topics and resource suggestions to partner with 'AnthroNotes' article 'Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga'; suitable for grades 7-12 and college.
  • Fitzhugh, William W. (2000)
    New archaeological evidence challenges old stereotypes and misconceptions; for an updated version of this article, see 'Anthropology Explored, 2nd ed.'
  • Kaupp, P. Ann; Selig, Ruth O. (2012)
    Selig and Kaupp, two Smithsonian long-time co-editors of 'AnthroNotes,' briefly describe the Anthropology Outreach Office (1975-2012) and its purpose to promote the public understanding of anthropology. This article was ...
  • Bolton, Amy; Werb, Shari (2012)
    Bolton and Werb, from the Smithsonian Office of Education and Outreach, National Museum of Natural History, describe Q?rius (pronounced 'curious'), the museum's newest physical space devoted to public education; attention ...
  • Selig, Ruth O.; Brooks, Alison S.; Kaupp, P. A.; Gecan, Carolyn E. (2012)
    The 'AnthroNotes' editors survey the history of the publication and introduce its digital future.
  • Brooks, Alison S. (2012)
    'AnthroNotes' editor Brooks surveys the evolving science of human evolution from 1979 at the birth of 'AnthroNotes' to the present day; includes new technologies used in the study of ancient biological remains, artifacts, ...
  • Popson, Colleen; Selig, Ruth O. (2012)
    'AnthroNotes' editors Selig and Popson describe how anthropology has been present in pre-collegiate settings since the middle of the 20th century. The bibliography for this article appeared only in the online digital version ...
  • Kaupp, P. A. (2012)
    Smithsonian anthropologist and 'AnthroNotes' editor Kaupp provides an overview of anthropology as a profession and presents web resources useful to anyone seeking a career as an anthropologist. Expanded version of this ...
  • Bryan, Betsy M. (2012)
    Objects made for and placed in burials were a significant part of a proper Egyptian entombment and demonstrate the belief that life's activities continued into eternity; for chronology of dynasties and dates mentioned in ...
  • Troy, Lana (2012)
    Egyptologist Troy explains the 2 basic ways that ancient Egyptian events, sites, and artifacts are dated: historical period and absolute year date according to the modern calendar; a reference chronology follows the article.
  • Brooks, Alison S. (2012)
    'AnthroNotes' editor Brooks interviews Eric Cline and Deborah Lehr from the Capitol Archaeological Institute about efforts to end looting of antiquities in Egypt after the Egyptian revolution of 2011; this article was ...
  • Kaupp, P. Ann (2012)
    A list of sites useful for teaching and learning about ancient Egypt. This article appeared only in the online digital version of 'AnthroNotes.'
  • Troy, Lana (2012)
    Based on the 2012 Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's exhibit, 'Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt,' Egyptologist Troy explains why the ancient Egyptians remain familiar to us in their humanity.
  • Ikram, Salima (2012)
    Study of the animal mummies created throughout ancient Egyptian history serves as a window into the complex and close relationship between humans and animals in ancient Egypt.
  • Cazden, Courtney B. (2011)
    A retired Harvard educator's account of her life-long involvement researching the intersection of social class, cultural differences, and early childhood language development.
  • Hunt, David R. (2012)
    Smithsonian physical anthropologist Hunt describes methodologies used and information gathered from the study of an ancient Egyptian child's mummy; a link is provided to a video interview with Hunt discussing his career.

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