Tag Archives: Tara Carter

Of skeletons, pottery and Indiana Jones

I once spent a year studying at Israel’s Hebrew University, where I took a spectacularly boring course in archaeology. Indeed it took some effort to make archaeology boring in that setting, surrounded as we were by monuments and ruins going … Continue reading

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New UCLA and UCSD classes start March 28

Spring quarter is almost upon us, and the new roster of course podcasts is up at UCLA and UC San Diego. A few of my favorite professors slated to teach during the upcoming term.  Archaeologist Tara Carter, who presented UCSD’s … Continue reading

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A great anthropology class returns

If you missed UCSD anthropologist Tara Carter’s great fall 2009 class Prehistory and the Birth of Civilization (audio), you’re still in luck. University of California, San Diego removes most of its course podcasts at the end of each academic term, … Continue reading

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Reading Homer as an anthropologist

What happens when you stop thinking of the Iliad as a work of fiction but instead see it as a primary text to help explain an ancient society? That’s what archaeologist Tara Carter does in lecture 21 and lecture 22 … Continue reading

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Why we stopped foraging and started farming

The invention of agriculture was probably the most important change in human history but scholars argue about why it happened, and propose three main conflicting theories. These theories, and the difficulties in domesticating plants and animals are the subjects of … Continue reading

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Two great new anthropology classes

MMW1 Prehistory and the Birth of Civilization (feed), Tara Carter, UC San Diego. UCSD is presenting three different versions of this course, but Carter’s is my hands-down favorite. She relates the story of hominid evolution and the birth of social … Continue reading

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