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Ethnic Studies

Race and ethnicity are cultural constructs that have almost no correlates in real human physical attributes. Nonetheless, they are cultural differences, and there is material culture evidence of people's self-defined ethnicity.

African-American Archaeology Newsletter
An electronic newsletter on sites dealing with the African-American presence in the Americas, from New South Associates (you'll have to scroll down some).

Ethnicity: Why Archaeology is a Semi-Soft Science
Ethnicity is one of those concepts that was tailor-made to doom archaeology as a "soft" science. The concept of ethnicity is strictly a cultural construct: there is simply no physical--no quantifiable--evidence that ethnic groups are much different from one another.

Unpacking on the Prairie
An exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution on the material culture of Jewish women in the upper Midwestern US.

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