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Anthropology, in the most general sense, is the study of the human being. It is a discipline with a broad license of study. Anthropology is divided into four sub-fields: ethnology (or cultural anthropology), archaeology, linguistics, and physical anthropology.

Ethnology deals with specific characteristics of culture. Within this study is the analysis of values, beliefs, behaviors, and material components of a society. It may be further divided into specializations:

ETHNOGRAPHY
APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY
EDUCATIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY
URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY
DEVELOPMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Archaeology is the systematic recovery (excavation) of the material remains of past human occupation. It is a scientific discipline utilized for the interpretation of human socieities of the past. Archaeology also has several specializations:

PREHISTORIC ARCHAEOLOGY
CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY
CONTRACT ARCHAEOLOGY

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. The components of language are scrutinized and laws governing the dynamics of language are developed in this branch of anthropology. The varieties of linguistic anthropology include:

DESCRIPTIVE LINGUISTICS
HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS
SOCIOLINGUISTICS

The fourth subfield of anthropology is physical anthropology. It is concerned with human biology and the natural history of human beings. Specializations in physical anthropology are:

PRIMATOLOGY
HUMAN PALEONTOLOGY
POPULATION GENETICS
FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH SERVICES PLEASE VISIT THE UNIT FOR STRATEGIC ANTHROPOLOGICAL VENTURES (USAV) WEBSITE BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW.

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ARTICLES

"Issues of Historicity in 'The Iliad' and 'The Odyssey'"

SITES OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL INTEREST:

Anthro.Net

Archaeology at about.com

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

Fagan, Brian M. Archaeology: A Brief Introduction. New York: Longman, 1997.

Kottak, Conrad Phillip. Mirror For Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. Boston: McGraw-Hill College, 1999.

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