Anthropological Resources for Teaching Social Studies, Geography, History, and Science
Africa (Including Egypt)
Australia, New Zealand and Pasific Islands
Central and South America
AFRICA (INCLUDING EGYPT)
African Internet Resource Sites
- "An A-Z of African Studies on the Internet" by Dr. Peter Limb (UWA Library & H-Africa)
This comprehensive bibliography of electronic materials relating to all aspects of African culture and life is an invaluable resource and education tool.
- Africa Goes Digital, African Content on CD-ROM and the Web
The source of this social science/humanities information on Africa comes from the Nairobi-based Project for Information Access and Connectivity: Africa. The web site is a compendium of Internet resources about Africa and related topics and includes an interesting article about "Rating Web Sites."
- Africa Online
Africa Online is a good starting point for anyone researching or simply interested in Africa and African news or culture. The site contains many news articles, an arts and culture section, business and other links to Internet resources.
- Africa South of the Sahara
Compiled and maintained by Stanford University, this web page concerning African studies provides Internet resource lists, on-line publications, and other research tools.
- Black/African Internet Resources
This site hosts two extensive lists of Internet resources about African-American topics and Africa. The lists are broken down into helpful topics including a separate section for K-12 resources.
- Dogon Village
The Dogon Village site is an entry point into a wide variety of topics related to African studies and life. The site includes resources for researchers, but also more links to "pop culture" and current news items.
The University of Pennsylvania hosts this comprehensive web index of electronic resources about Africa and African Americans. This web site also links to several on-line lesson plan sites constructed specifically for K-12 educators.
African Classroom Resources
- Africa Information Centre (AIC)
"The AIC aims to provide the widest range of access to knowledge about Africa anywhere on the Internet." The site includes information on Africa news academic links, libraries, maps, governments, development, opportunities, events, and statistical information
- Ancient Egypt On-Line at the ROM
The Royal Ontario Museum has created this wonderful web page with many educational resources. One of the most interesting resources is an on-line Discovery Case where students can learn how to make hieroglyphs as part of their study of ancient Egypt.
- African Odyssey Interactive
Developed by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., this on-line Interactive center contains information about African arts performances (including a calendar of events) at the Kennedy Center and around the world. This site also contains an Educational Resources section with materials for K-12 educators. One section provides detailed information about African mythology and folklore, including an "African Stories Treasure Trove" section with on-line text versions of African tales.
- Africa Quest
Classroom Connect developed the "Africa Quest" section from its larger web site for educators. The Quest is framed around a team's exploration of Africa. The site includes photographic images, information about different species of wildlife encountered on the journey, a diary of the team's expedition, and maps, audio files, and quizzes.
- Archaeology Research in Northeastern Nigeria
This site focuses on the archaeological fieldwork in Northeastern Nigeria performed by students and faculty from the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It includes a map of Nigeria and several pages that detail the excavation and its findings.
- Koobi Fora Field School
The Koobi Fora Field School operates out of Rutgers University in New Jersey. The web site contains information about excavations at, and history of, Koobi Fora in Kenya, an important site relating to human origins in Africa.
- Theban Mapping Project - KV5
This archaeological site in Egypt, a major find of the twentieth century, appears to be the burial place of Ramesses II's sons. This web site provides a myriad of information about this and other nearby sites.
- University of Pennsylvania African Studies Homepage
The University of Pennsylvania African Studies Homepage provides valuable information about educational resources (including syllabi); a site index of electronic resources; a multimedia archive of graphic, audio, video and presentation files available for viewing and downloading; and publications.
- What is Currency? Lessons from Historic Africa
"These lessons explore the monetary system of the Akan. Exploring the historic role of gold-dust in African trade will help students understand the basic idea of currency and give new significance to the nickels, dimes, and quarters in their own pockets." The web site hosts three lesson plans and many resources. It also has excellent photographs and a user-friendly graphical interface. This site is sponsored by Smithsonian's Office of Education.
- Yoruba Art in Wood and Metal
This site contains is a general introduction to the Yoruba culture, with maps and images of Yoruba artifacts, and then detailed sections on Yoruba mythology and on the cultural practices of woodworking and metalwork.
African Museums and Exhibits
- Animal Mummy Project in the Cairo Museum
This exhibit provides information about why humans were not the only subjects preserved for eternity.
- Neanderthal Museum
The Neanderthal Museum web site provides information about the history, exhibits, and programs sponsored by the Museum.
- Tomb of Harwa
This site is hosted by the Mission of the Archaeological Museum of Milan (Civiche Raccolte Archeologiche di Milano), which initiated excavations in Egypt at the Tomb of Harwa (TT 37) in 1995, under the direction of Francesco Tiradritti. The site provides detailed site reports, history, images, and many resources.
- African Lives
The Washington Post web site hosts this series of articles about Africans, with graphics and images.
- Africa Stories Project
The Africa Stories Project web site publishes on-line the complete text of short stories set in Africa written by 10th graders in America. The site also includes an analysis and follow-up research articles on the project experience.
Greg Reeder maintains a site that has links to KMT: the Modern Journal of Egyptology, which publishes some interesting essays and provides links to over a hundred sites that deal with Egyptology.
- Egyptian Archaeology
The Supreme Council of Antiquities oversees all archaeological sites in Egypt and supervises all digs. This official site of the SCA provides the latest information, which tourists as well as students will find useful.
European Classroom Resources
- Archaeological Research at Oslonki, Poland
This site provides very general information about archaeological finds at Oslonki, Poland from 1989 to 1994.
- Archaeology in Poland
This site is part of a larger web site called "ArchTerra" that provides information about archaeology around the world. The Poland section lists archaeological organizations, archaeologists, exhibits, digs, and on-line publications relevant to Polish archaeology.
- The Archaeology of Ancient Ireland
A must for students beginning their research of ancient Ireland, this site includes in-depth information about Irish history and archaeological discoveries in Ireland.
- The Christian Catacombs of Rome
Contains information about the history of Christianity in Italy, archaeological discoveries of human remains, details and images from the various Roman catacombs, and historical documents available on-line.
- An Introduction to the Sami People
This web site contains a wealth of information about the Sami (or Saemieh) people of the Scandanavian peninsula, written for a lay audience.
- 3-D Murale
This is an interesting site that discusses attempts to reconstruct ancient European villages and monuments through the use of new computer-based 3-D modeling technologies. The site has a detailed section about the trial of this approach at the ancient city in Sagalassos, Turkey.
European Museums and Exhibits
- Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, founded in 1683, is a museum of the University of Oxford and one of the oldest public museums in the world. The web site contains on-line virtual exhibits, an "object of the week," and educational and resource tools. Many of the objects are artistic in nature, but the museum contextualizes the objects with their socio-cultural importance within European communities.
- The Estonian State Maritime Museum
The museum's web site provides information about marine archaeology, Estonian and early European maritime history, and significant wrecks found in or near Estonia.
- Jorvik Viking Center
The web site for the Jorvik Viking Center offers information about the center, local archaeological digs and other Viking-related resources on the Internet.
- Moesgaard Prehistoric Museum (Denmark)
The web site of the Moesgaard Prehistoric Museum contains museum and archaeological information in both English and Danish.
- Strandingsmuseum St. George
The wreck of two English ships off the Denmark coast in 1811 is the focus of this web site. There is useful historic information about shipbuilding, wrecks, and a center of marine archaeology is also covered.
- Anthropology of East Europe Review
This journal is a publication of the East European Anthropology Group (EEAG), an international network of anthropologists working in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Post-Soviet Regions of Europe and Asia. Only the tables of content are available from the most recent editions, but full-text versions of older articles are available on-line.
- Archaeology and Ancient History from the BBC
The BBC's web site covers many archaeological topics. From the main archaeology web page, teachers can link to information about Radio Carbon Dating, specific archeological digs, and virtual archaeology. Also available is an archaeological game that can be downloaded for free. The BBC web site provides excellent, comprehensive site reports from several archaeological sites around the world, which are broken down by four primary subject areas: Prehistory, Roman Britain, Anglo Saxons and the Vikings, and Norman England to Victorian Britain.
- The Oldest Musical Instrument in Europe Discovered in Slovenia? by Ivan Turk, Janez Dirjec and Boris Kavur
At this web site visitors can read a full-text, English translation version of this essay about an archaeological find of an early musical instrument in Slovenia.
- Stones: Megalithic Architecture
This site contains the text and images, in English, of the book Stones: Megalithic Architecture by Toti Calo. The book details a census report and related images of all the Megalithic sites in Apulia, Italy.
- Turkish Village Archives
On this web page users can read chapters from Paul Stirling's book, Turkish Village, an anthropological study. Also on-line are his field notes and accompanying photographs.
- Estonian Folklore
This web site contains many useful links and contact information for related publications, organizations, databases, events, and folklorists. There is also a section with information about Estonian folklore.
- European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
The EASA web site contains organizational information, an on-line newsletter, and subscription information to the annual journal Social Anthropology.
- Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb (Croatia)
The Institute's web site contains organizational information and an on-line version of the Institute's Journal with full-text versions of many articles. This web site is intended for specialists.
- Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
In addition to being a good source for general anthropological information, the RAI web site provides Europe-specific information concerning past and current archaeological digs in Europe and trends in European anthropological research.
- Society for the Anthropology of Europe
This web page provides a variety of information about anthropology in Europe such as on-line syllabi and educational resources, publications, site indices, and career information.
Asian Internet Resource Sites
- Asian and Pacific Studies, Australian National University
This research tool, produced by the Internet Publications Bureau, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at The Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, contains electronic resources on Asian and Pacific Studies and is regularly updated.
Asian Classroom Resources
- Japan: Images of a People
"Demystify some examples of Japanese painting and help your students better understand and appreciate the culture that produced them with this issue of Art to Zoo. The lessons have been adapted from materials developed by the education department of the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the two national museums of Asian art. After learning how to look at paintings, your students can make paper screens that resemble Japanese screens." The web page includes an excellent background essay with geographic, historical, and cultural information about Japan as well as three lesson plans and a resources page.
- Virtual Field trip to Japan
This site contains a number of QuickTime Videos and panoramic photographs of Tokyo, Japan with informative captions and adjustable photographs.
Asian Museums and Exhibits
- The Freer Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
The Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian is focused on Asian art and artifacts. The web page provides information on on-line exhibits, in-house exhibits, research (including primary source Asian texts available on-line, collections information, and images), and educational resources such as on-line teaching guides and kits.
- The Oriental Institute and Museum
Located at the University of Chicago, the Oriental Institute and Museum's web page provides information about exhibits, electronic resources, education tools, and research publications.
- Japan: A Country Study
This volume is one in a continuing series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program, sponsored by the Department of the Army. The site contains detailed information including maps and demographics on Japan.
PACIFIC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA
Australian/New Zealand/Pacific Islands Internet Resource Sites
- WWW Virtual Library: Aboriginal Studies
This index of the WWW Virtual Library provides a searchable index of Internet resources concerning Aboriginal studies. The web site list is regularly updated and reviewed for accuracy by the Virtual Library staff.
Australian/New Zealand/Pacific Islands Classroom Resources
- Archaeology in New Caledonia
This is a privately operated web page with some useful classroom resources for educators. The site contains basic archaeological definitions, maps, weather information, and photographs of archaeological sites in New Caledonia.
Australian/New Zealand/Pacific Islands Publications
- Human Origins and Antiquity in Australia: A Historical Perspective
This web page contains the complete text and graphics of this article published in 1997 in a book of the same name by Peter Brown.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
Central and South American Classroom Resources
- The Maya of Guatemala
This site contains links to many useful Internet resources about Mayan culture.
- Mayan Epigraphic Database Project
"MED consists of a static database of glyph images and their associated phonetic values, according to the consensus among various American Mayanists (MacLeod and Reents-Budet, 1994). Also present is the beginning of an archive of digitally transcribed Mayan texts. When completed, MED will contain a relational database of glyphs and texts, as well as iconographic and linguistic data in a multimedia format."
- Mayan Folktales
This site contains stories told to Fernando Peñalosa by Don Pedro Miguel Say, a famous Q'anjob'al storyteller from San Miguel Acátan, Huehuetenango, Guatemala, who now lives in Los Angeles, California.
- Maya Research Program (MRP)
The Maya Research Program is a not-for-profit research organization that focuses on the ancient Maya. MRP's major current project is the Blue Creek Archaeological Project in Northwestern Belize. Their web site includes information on the organization and on how to join an archaeological expedition to Belize.
- Mesoamerican Photo Archives
Created and maintained by David Hixson at Tulane University, this attractive site, with an excellent interface, offers several galleries of photos of archaeological sites in Mesoamerica.
This interactive CD-Rom and web site teaches about Mesoamerica through original sources, tutorials, lectures, and debates. Mixtec codices are one of the original sources students can work with. The program covers such topics as cultural property, indigenous rights, and history versus propaganda. Appropriate for high school or college level.
- NOVA: Ice Mummies of the Incas
This web site provides detailed on-line information concerning the NOVA broadcast about the expedition of archaeologist Johan Reinard to search for archaeological remains of the Incas in the Andes Moutains of Peru. The site includes the complete text of expedition logs, letters written by archaeologists, audio and video clips, and a broad list of Internet resources under the "resources" section.
- NOVA: Search for the Lost Cave People
This rich web site accompanies a NOVA television program that follows an international group of archeologists, who ventured into the Chiapas region of Mexico in 1997 to search for the remains of a little-known civilization that preceded the Maya. In caves hundreds of feet above the Rio la Venta and in an ancient complex swallowed by the jungle, the team found astonishing archeological treasures. The site includes a teacher's guide, "Be An Archaeologist" game, and interviews with project archaeologists.
- Tikal National Park (Guatemala)
This Guatemalan National Park web site provides information about the archaeological and natural heritage of the Tikal National Park and nearby jungle of El Peten. The site includes a map, park images, and archaeological information.
- Yaxuna Archaeology Project
This site focuses on Yaxuna, a Yucatan site of the Middle Preclassic Era, and provides information on the archaeological project; the scientists working on it; and the related papers, articles, and reports.
Central and South American Publications
- Ancient Mesoamerican Civilizations
Kevin Callaghan from the University of Michigan, Department of Anthropology provides information on writing systems, governments, religions, the calendar, and more, of the Maya, Mixtec, Zapotec, and Aztec peoples.
- An Archaeological Study of Chirped Echo from the Mayan Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza, by David Lubman.
This research report focuses on the acoustics of the great pyramid at Chicen Itza. The full-text of the report is available on-line.
Central and South American Organizations
- Mayan Esteem Project
The Mayan Esteem Project was "established for the recovery of stolen artifacts and the restoration of a pyramid site at Chilón, Chiapas, México." Their web site provides information on membership, newsletters, and archival photographs in both English and Spanish.
Central and South American Museums and Exhibits
- Maya Adventure, Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota developed the Maya Adventure web site to highlight science activities and information related to ancient and modern Maya culture. Maya Adventure includes images from the Science Museum's anthropological collections and activities developed by the Science Museum's education division. Featured in the project is information from two exhibits about the Maya developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota, "Cenote of Sacrifice and Flowers," and "Saints and Toads."
North American Classroom Resources
Earthworks is a project centered at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio that attempts to use modern computer technology to visually re-construct the earthworks of the Ohio River Valley. The web site contains historic information about Ohio and archaeological mound sites in the surrounding areas.
- Funds of Knowledge for Teaching
An anthropologically-based approach to home-school collaboration that has broad implications for K-12 educators who wish to increase the cultural relevance of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and parent involvement.
- The Prehistory of Alaska
This National Park Service web site contains text, images, and maps discussing the prehistory of Alaska. The site also includes useful links to the national parks located in Alaska.
- Resources for Schools to Address Issues of Race Relations
A list of videos and films, magazines, curricula, organizations, books, and articles that K-12 educators can use to address race or ethnic relations issues in schools.
- Totem Poles of North American Northwest Coast Indians
This site from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute contains the materials and themes for a K-12 lesson plan about Native American totem poles in the Pacific Northwest.
North American Museums and Exhibits
- Heritage of the Americas Museum
The Heritage of the Americas Museum is located in El Cajon, California. The museum is an educational and cultural center featuring prehistoric and historic art, culture, and natural history of the Americas. The web site includes some cultural information, departmental listings, and some collections items information.
- Moundville Archaeological Park
This site contains extensive information and educational activities about Moundville in present-day Alabama. Moundville was one of the largest Native American "cities" in America, approximately 800 years ago.
- The Yakima Valley Museum
"The Yakima Valley Museum offers historical displays focusing on the Yakima Valley -- its natural history, Native American culture, early pioneer life, and the roots and development of the Valley's fruit industry." The Museum web site includes information about exhibits and objects, and a museum education section with teacher resources.
North American Organizations
- Archaeological Research Center of the South Dakota State Historical Society
The ARC web site provides useful information about archaeological sites in South Dakota. The site section, "What is Archaeology," contains useful terminology and general information about archaeology.
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust web site focuses on historic sites throughout the United States. It includes a schedule of events, and ways local school groups and volunteers can get involved in historic preservation.
- Plains Anthropological Society
The most valuable section of this web site is the "Tour of the Plains" that provides a list of Internet resources. This site also contains information about the society and membership, and a newsletter with article abstracts and ordering information available on-line.