ANTHROPOLOGY ONLINE SERIES
ANTHROPOLOGY & ARCHAEOLOGY
Welcome to the anthropology section of GloriaBobbie.Net. Anthropology is a very broad discipline and touches many
areas. There are as many specialties as there are anthropologists.
This section of the site is an accumulation of resources and general
Anthropology is about people. It is the study of humans in their
environment and seeks to develop the greatest possible understanding of humans
and human diversity.
Anthropology is a social science and, like other scientists, anthropologists
form and test hypotheses in hopes of arriving at general theories, although we
all realize that because of the diverse nature of humans, no theory is beyond
challenge and no theory necessarily applies to all groups of people.
Many ask what the difference between anthropology and other social sciences
is and it is true that anthropologists do combine knowledge from all of the
social sciences. Perhaps that is the main difference.
Anthropologists study all aspects of the culture: history, sociology,
psychology, physical traits, politics, etc. No culture can totally be
understood by looking at only one facet of its existence.
Anthropologists attempt to form as objective view of a culture as possible
and to eliminate cultural bias. This is usually accomplished by becoming
so familiar with even the minute details of a culture that inherent traits or
patterns are recognized. It is through fieldwork that these views are
In essence, anthropology is the grassroots discipline of the social
sciences. Anthropologists learn by observing the subject directly.
I hope that the resources gathered here will assist you in your endeavors to
understand humans and their world.
This section of my website is dedicated to the Anthropology Department and
the Anthropologists at SUNY Plattsburgh. It was in the department through
contact with some of the finest anthropologists and instructors in the
discipline that I found, not only my life's work, but a home. The
department has always maintained an "open door" policy and students
freely converse with, work with and learn from the faculty. More than
instructors, the faculty in the department are mentors, encouraging the student
to push their limits of learning. Visit the department website and
meet the wonderful staff by clicking on the SUNY Plattsburgh link below (this
takes you out of my website and to the department website).
Select a link below and explore anthropology.
Updated August/September 2012
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