BOOKS RECEIVED: John Grattan and Robin Torrence, eds., “Living Under the Shadow: Cultural Impacts of Volcanic Eruptions” (Left Coast Press, 2008)
Popularist treatments of ancient disasters like volcanic eruptions have grossly overstated their capacity for death, destruction, and societal collapse. Contributors to this volume;from anthropology, archaeology, environmental studies, geology, and biology;show that human societies have been incredibly resilient and, in the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Sarah Chicone and Richard Kissel, “Dinosaurs and Dioramas: Creating Natural History Exhibitions” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
Two experienced exhibit designers lead you through the complex process of design and installation of natural history exhibitions. The authors introduce the history and function of natural history museums and their importance in teaching visitors the basic principles of science.… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Martinon-Torres and Rehren, eds., “Archaeology, History and Science: Integrating Approaches to Ancient Materials” (Left Coast Press, 2008)
Using a combination of historical, archaeological, and scientific data is not an uncommon research practice. Rarely found, however, is a more overt critical consideration of how these sources of information relate to each other, or explicit attempts at developing successful… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Deborah Pearsall, “Paleoethnobotany, A Handbook of Procedures, 3rd ed.” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
This new edition of the definitive work on doing paleoethnobotany brings the book up to date by incorporating new methods and examples of research, while preserving the overall organization and approach of the book to facilitate its use as a… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Elisa J Sobo, “Dynamics of Human Biocultural Diversity: A Unified Approach” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
This lively text offers a unique, holistic approach to human diversity for undergraduate courses in fields including anthropology, medicine, human ecology, and general education. Leading medical anthropologist Elisa Sobo rises to the challenge of truly integrating biology and culture. Her… Read More
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