Anthropology bootcamp/internship opportunity

Interesting if pricey opportunities for college students interested in an Anthropology career:
Taught by Carol J. Ellick, author of The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide: from Student to a Career and a team of nationally-recognized experts, the Anthropology Career Boot Camp and Internship Program will provide you with the employer-identified knowledge and skills that will prepare you to start your career. The 6-day Boot Camp will be held on the University of Maryland, College Park campus followed by a 6-week long internship within the DC metro area or anywhere across the U.S. Every effort will be made to place interns according to their field of study, area of interest, and geographic preference.

Anthropology Career Boot Camp June 23–28, 2014
on the University of Maryland College Park Campus
ANTH4481: 3 UM undergraduate credits, $952
ANTH6891: 3 UM graduate credits, $1719
as a non-credit workshop, $952

Anthropology Career Internships July 7–August 15, 2014
(Internships must be completed by August 29)
ANTH386: 6 undergraduate credits, $1904*
ANTH789: 6 graduate credits, $3540*


Waco Mammoths want to be a National Monument

Researchers believe at least 19 Columbian mammoths were drowned by a flash flood about 65,000 years ago. Now, a petition has been started to have the site declared a National Monument. Here’s the text of the petition:

Add the Waco Mammoth Site to the National Park Service as a national monument by executive order.

Located in Waco, Texas, the Waco Mammoth Site provides a rare glimpse into the natural history of the southwest United States. It is one of the few sites where visitors can view the fossil remains of Ice Age animals lying where they died up to 70,000 years ago. Including the site as a national monument would further enhance the value of this experience.

The site already has a state-of-the-art shelter and welcome center furnished by the community of Waco and Baylor University. National monument status would allow it to add classrooms, labs, and exhibit spaces, as well as resume excavation.

The National Park Service supports adding the Waco Mammoth Site as a national monument, but Congress has twice failed to act on the matter. Therefore, an executive order is needed.

They’ve got a long way to go, but If you’re interested, sign the petition at the White House site. See the Waco Mammoth site here.

Four Things Museums Can Learn From Sharknado

Thought there might be some disaster management tips here, but no.

Museum Minute

This is not a paid endorsement for The SyFy Channel. In fact, I understand that SyFy isn’t for everyone – just like C-SPAN and Powerblock TV isn’t for everyone.

I’m a sucker for SyFy movies. As someone who lives and breathes history, which I find incredibly exciting (and at times exhilarating), the thing about history is that it isn’t always so happy. That being said, there is always something to be learned from history, a silver lining (no matter how small or seemingly unimportant), and the repercussions of history cannot be argued. While it’s hard for a history lover for me to admit, I completely acknowledge (and agree) that history can be a downer. After a long day of reading about chattel slavery, the civil war, segregation, genocide, etc., I truly appreciate a bizarre SyFy film.

So, why am I talking about SyFy films?

If you missed the cultural…

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Fake artifacts in real museum

Thousands of artifacts at the Jibaozhai Museum may be fakes. Maybe it makes more sense to pay people to make fake artifacts than to pay them to loot real real artifacts from archaeological sites?

“Museums in China have long played a key role in reinforcing social segmentation, influencing the economy, protecting cultural heritage and enhancing nationalism. In 1977, following Chairman Mao’s death, there were only around 300 museums. Now there are thousands, and so the fight to provide originals has ironically led to the creation of false artefacts.”

From Heritage Daily