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Be an Anthropologist 1 Be an Anthropologist 1 A Review of Anthroplogy Sandra Elmore Anthropology 100 Professor Leo December 24, 2010
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Be an Anthropologist 1 Be an Anthropologist 1 A Review of Anthropology The most modest way to describe Anthropology is that it is the study of humankind. Anthropology comes from the Greek word Anthropos, that means “human”, and the word logos, that means “the study of” (Meng, 2005). In the world of Anthropology there are different subfields. The difference in the subfields is that Anthropology combines the findings. There are three key subfields in Anthropology. They are Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology. In some countries Linguistic Anthropology is looked at as being a fourth field of study in Anthropology (Meng, 2005). Every subfield has its own unique interest in the area of study. Archaeology Anthropologist that study in the area of salvaging and analyzing material that belonged to past civilizations fall into the Archaeology subfield. Archaeology is the study of past cultures and their everyday lives (Hirst, 2009). In some cases in Archaeology, prehistory, the studies are done on civilizations that had not learned writing skills. Although, many Archaeologist prefer to work on cases that are of more developed civilizations. One fact that some may not be aware of is that Archaeologist study cultures, but they are focused on the nonliving. It is the materials that they leave behind such as artifacts and remains that are analyzed and examined. Archaeologists do not examine the perspectives of different religions, languages or political areas in the cultures. They instead study what is left behind by the civilizations themselves (Building Structures, Tools and Pottery).
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