Presenting Anthropology - New Links to Others' Cool Stuff

Ever since I taught Presenting Anthropology, a graduate proseminar, in the spring of 2013, I've been thinking about new and different ways to do public outreach and have been saving links to clever projects by others.  Here are a few links I came across this morning and had to share:

  • Drunk Archaeology -- Two students in my Presenting Anthropology course (Zach and Andy) created a Drunk Archaeology video on analogy with Drunk History, starring fellow grad student Will.  Because they are all students and want jobs someday, they did not feel comfortable having the video on the very public internet, which is understandable.  Fast-forward to this month, and archaeologist Andrew Reinhard has created a tumblr/podcast/Twitter/etc. called Drunk Archaeology.  He plans to interview archaeologists while drunk (duh) and is also interested in archaeology-themed drink recipes (which Presenting Anthro student Becca did for one of her projects).  Do check out Drunk Archaeology to see what Andrew and others get up to.  I think this outreach effort will mostly reach other archaeologists, but since the Drunk History videos have such wide appeal, perhaps the general public will be interested as well.
  • An Evolution-Themed Nursery Rhyme -- This is a really clever idea that I'd never thought of, in spite of having two little girls myself.  NPR's Tania Lombrozo enlisted some help to put together a short-but-sweet nursery rhyme/song about the natural selection of cute violet spiders.  I can't wait for my 5-year-old to get home from school so I can show it to her:

  • And finally, Let's Mummify Barbie.  My 5-year-old thinks that everyone who dies turns into a mummy (which I confirmed by mentioning her recently-deceased great-grandfathers, whom she says are mummies now) because we haven't ever gone to a funeral but have been to a variety of museums and have seen a lot of mummies.  If your kid wants to mummify his or her doll, there are instructions at the link for that.


Rachel said…
Hi Kristina, I've liked your blog for a long time. I have a preschooler who has gotten really interested in greek mythology (she found one book in the library and wants more and more). I'm guessing you've found books about the ancient world to read to your girls. When you have time, would you consider recommending a few?
Hi, Rachel. My 5yo is not all that interested in mythology, in spite of the fact that one of her favorite books at school is a re telling of the Narcissus myth (she, of course, insists it is not).

She does occasionally ask me to read the Lisl Weil book I linked to here:

So she knows Midas, Narcissus, and Daedalus and Icarus (and they're not totally sanitized). She hasn't been interested in Max and Ruby for a while now (the almost 1yo is about to age into them, though).

If you find anything good, let me know! I even got a graphic novel for kids about Ancient Rome when I was there this summer, and she had little interest. Ah well, I'll try again later...
Rachel said…
Thank you for pointing me to your excellent post.
Here is the silly book that started her infatuation with dead Greeks:

We've also been liking the McElderberry Book of Greek Myths. It's a little heavy for the preschool set- Icharus dies and Echo fades into an echo, but the pictures aren't too scary. Most of the time we just look at the wonderful illustrations and talk about what's happening in each of them.
Hi, Rachel. As luck would have it, my 5-year-old is learning in Spanish class about Medusa (since I gather it's the Spanish word for jellyfish, and we live at the beach). She checked out some books from the library. I haven't read them yet, but she seems moderately interested in them:

Perseus and Medusa by C.J. Naden, and Kathleen Tracy's Medusa (Monsters in Myth). The whole "monsters in myth" series is here - Both books are a bit text-heavy, so she's not reading them on her own.

I also found this link, which has a bunch of kids' book suggestions on it (ancient history related) -
Rachel said…
One more fabulous book for older kiddos: The older version of Robin Lister's Odyssey. The illustrations are lovely, but it's better for the late elementary/ middle school age range. We had to put our copy away; the pictures of Poseidon and Hades were literal nightmare fodder.
Unknown said…
Drunk Archaeology... pretty much sums up my field school dig in the Caribbean. Or at least hungover archaeology >_>

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