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Internet resources for anthropology

By Anita Cohen-Williams and Julia A. Hendon

Where to look for information on anthropology and related fields

Anthropology studies human behavior and culture from a social, historical, and biological perspective. In the United States, this field of study is usually divided into four sub- disciplines—each with its own particular meth- ods and research concerns. Each of these sub- disciplines, cultural or social anthropology, archaeology, physical or biological anthropol- ogy, and anthropological linguistics—reaches out in turn to other academic fields of study, making anthropology one of the more inter- disciplinary subjects.

This list of electronic resources concentrates on those resources that focus on anthropology as a discipline or profession. Another criterion we have used is that of substance. Does the resource contain discussions or information likely to be of interest to anthropologists? We discuss electronic mail discussion groups (listservs), gopher and World Wide Web (WWW) sites, and Wide Area Information Server (WAIS) databases. We also list several other sources of information available online.

Our list begins with electronic mail discussion groups, divided into five categories: general and cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, physical anthropology, and museum studies. For each discussion group, we give the subscription address and a brief description of the group’s focus. The next section lists gopher and WWW sites together since many relevant electronic resources exist as both. The type of resource is indicated if not evident from its name. In addition to location and sponsor, a site’s Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or unique Internet “address” is given. Most of these resources are under development and their contents are subject to change. However, most follow a similar pattern of having a small set of locally developed materials plus links to other relevant resources. Any particularly useful features of the resources are noted. WAIS databases follow. The list concludes with a description of two other online resources.

Electronic discussion groups


• ANSS-L.A discussion list for information specialists in anthropology, sociology, and related fields. Access: LISTSERV@UCI.EDU.

• ANTHRO-L.General anthropology list. It spans archaeology, social and cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology. Access: LISTSERV@UBVM.CC.BUFFALO. EDU.

• ANTHRO-LIB.Liberation Anthropology Group. Discussion on the third- and fourth- world peoples and cultures. Access: LISTPROC@LISTS.COLORADO.EDU.

• ASAONET.The problems and issues concerning Oceania. This list is a semiofficial organ of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, but it is open to everyone. Access: LISTSERV@UICVM.UIC.EDU.

• CELTIC-L.Celtic Culture List. Access: LISTSERV@IRLEARN.UCD.IE.

• CPS-L.Centre for Pacific Studies List for interdisciplinary studies of the Pacific regions. Access: LISTSERV®HEARN.NIC.SURFNET.NL.

• CRFA-L.List for the Center for Research and Fieldwork in Anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington. Access: LISTSERV@ UTARLVM1 .UTA.EDU.

Anita Cohen-Williams is in Reference Services at the Hayden Library, Arizona State University, e-mail:; Julia A. Hendon is editor ofAnthropological Literature and an associate of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, e-mail:

DANCE-L. A forum for those interested in folk and traditional dance. Access: LISTSERV@ HEARN. NIC. SURFNET. NL.

E-SAE. Society for Anthropology of Europe. Access: LISTSERV@UICVM.UIC.EDU.

ETHMUS-L. Global ethnomusicology forum. Access: LISTSERV@UMDD.UMD.EDU.

ETHNET-L. Irish and British Ethnographic Research. Access: LISTSERV@YSUB. YSU.EDU.

ETHNO. Ethnomethodology/conversation analysis. Access: COMSERVE@VM.ECS.RPI. EDU.

ETHNOHIS. Ethnohistory discussion list. Access: LISTSERV@HEARN.NIC.SURFNET.NL.

FOLKLORE. Folklore discussion list. Access: LISTSERV@TAMVM1.TAMU.EDU.

HERB. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. This list covers cross-cultural and folk/herbal medicine. Access: LISTSERV@VM3090.EGE. EDU.TR.

IND-NET. American Indian discussion list. Access: LISTSERV@WSUVM1.CSC.WSU. EDU.

LORE. Folklore discussion group. Access: LISTSERV@VMl.NODAK.EDU.

MAJPC. Materialist Anthropology and the Production of Culture Workshop. Access: LISTSERV@VM.UTCC. UTORONTO. CA.

NativeNet. A group of lists dealing with aboriginal issues, all located at TAMVM1. TAMU.EDU: NATIVE-L: General Information Exchange; NATCHAT: General Discussion; NAT-1492: Post-1492 issues; NAT-LANG: Aboriginal languages issues; NAT-HLTH: Aboriginal health issues. Access: LISTSERV@TAMVM1. TAMU.EDU.

NAT-EDU. Aboriginal education issues. Access: LISTSERV@INDYCMS.IUPUI.EDU.

NEAA. Northeast Anthropological Association List. Access: LISTSERV@MAPLE. LEMOYNE.EDU.

ORTRAD-L. Interdisciplinary forum for discussion on oral traditions. Includes living oral traditions or texts with roots in oral tradition. Access: LISTSERV@MIZZOUl.MISSOURI.EDU.


AEGEANET. Pre-Classical Aegean World discussion group. Access: MAJORDOMO@PUB. DUKE.EDU.

AIA-L. Archaeological Institute of America list. Discusses a broad range of archaeological issues and is open to all. Access: LISTSERV@ BRYNMAWR.EDU.

• ANCIEN-L.History of the ancient Mediterranean. Access: LISTSERV@ULKYVM. LOUISVILLE.EDU.

• ARCH-L.A discussion forum for archaeological problems, especially those concerning research. Has files of bibliographies available. Access: LISTSERV@TAMVM1.TAMU.EDU.

• ARCH-THEORY.Discussion and exchange of information in archaeological theory, social theory, material culture, cultural identity, and perspectives from anthropology and history. To subscribe send a note to MAILBASE@MAILBASE.AC.UK with the message “Join ARCH-THEORY yourname”.

• ARTIFACT.The exchange of views and information on the study of material culture. Access: LISTSERV@UMDD.UMD.EDU.

• AZTLAN.A discussion list on the Pre- Columbian history of the Americas. Access: LISTSERV@ULKYVM.LOUISVILLE.EDU.

• C14-L.Discussion list for researchers involved in radiocarbon and other radioisotopes used in dating, and in scientific dating issues in general. Access: Cl4-L@ARIZONA.EDU.

• CONSERVATION DISTLIST.A moderated forum for professionals engaged in the conservation of cultural materials. To subscribe send a note to CONSDIST-REQUEST@LINDY. STANFORD.EDU with the message “subscribe Cons DistList yourname”.

• EAAN.A mailing list for the study of Early East Asian Archaeology and History. Access: LISTSERV@CCAT.SAS.UPENN.EDU.

• HISTARCH.A discussion list for historical archaeology (the archaeology of European expansion and recent periods). Access: LISTSERV@ASUVM.INRE.ASU.EDU.

• NAGPRA-L.Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. A group for discussion of issues on this Act of 1990. Access: MAJORDOMO® WORLD. STD .COM.

• PACARC-L.Pacific Rim archaeology discussion. Access: LISTSERV@WSUVM1.CSC.WSU. EDU.

• QUATERNARY.Research in the Quaternary sciences, particularly in Canada. Access: LISTSERV@MORGAN.UCS.MUN.CA.

• ROCK-ART.A discussion group on rock art. Access: LISTSERV@ASUVM.INRE.ASU.EDU.


• IROQUOIS.Iroquois language discussion. Access: LISTSERV@VM.UTCC.UTORONTO.CA.

• LINGUIST.Linguistics and related fields. Access: L1STSERV@TAMVM1.TAMU.EDU.

Physical Anthropology

• CBR-L.Craniofacial Biology Research list. Focuses on the growth and development of the human head. Access: MAJORDOMO@PO. CWRU.EDU.

• COLORCAT.Color Categorization list. Explores how the color continuum is partitioned into categories by various human processes. Access: LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU.

• HUMEVO-L.Human Evolutionary Research discussion. Access: LISTSERV® PSUORVM.CC.PDX.EDU.

• LPN-L.Laboratory Primate Newsletter. Access: LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU.

• PAN-L.Physical anthropology discussion. Access: LISTSERV@PSUORVM.CC.PDX.EDU.

• PRIMATOLOGY.Study of human and nonhuman primates. To subscribe send a note to MAILBASE@MAILBASE.AC.UK with the message “Join PRIMATOLOGY yourname”.

Museum Studies

• MUSEUM-L.General interest list for museum professionals and others interested in museum-related issues. Access: LISTSERV@ UNMVMA.UNM.EDU.

Gopher and World Wide Web (WWW) sites

• Academe This Week.(Gopher; URL: gophers/ text of the Chronicle of Higher Education, including job listings.

• African Studies.(WWW; University of Pennsylvania; URL: http://www.african.

• ANTHAP.Applied Anthropology Computer Network. (Gopher; Oakland University, sponsors: Society for Applied Anthropology and National Association of Practicing Anthropologists; URL: gopher://

• Anthro-Gopher.(University of Western Australia Division of Arts and Architecture; URL: gopher:// / Other Gophers / UWA Gophers / Division of Art and Architecture / Anthropology and Archaeology.)

• Anthropology and Archaeology Corner.(Gopher and WWW; The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Radcliffe Science Library, Oxford University; URL: go- pher:// or isca/index.html.)

• Anthropology and Culture.(Gopher and WWW; Rice University; URL: gopher:// or

• Anthropology Resources at the University of Kent.(WWW; Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing; URL: http://

• Archaeological Fieldwork WWW Server.(Cornell University; URL: http:// durendal. cit .Cornell. edu/testpit. html.)

• ArchNet.Archaeological Data at UConn. (Gopher and WWW; Univ. of Connecticut; URL: gopher:// / Academic Subjects and Services / Anthropology or http:// archaeology and history of the Northeastern U.S.

• Bishop Museum, Honolulu.(Gopher; URL: gopher://

• Classics and Mediterranean Archaeology.(Gopher; Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan; URL: gopher:// rome. classics. Isa.umich. edu.)

• Conservation Online (CoOL).(Gopher and WWW; Preservation Department, Stanford University; URL: gopher://palimpsest. or also available as a WAIS server.

• Coombsquest/CoombsWeb.(Gopher and WWW; Coombs Computing Unit, Research Schools of Social Sciences and Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University; URL: gopher:// or http:// also available as a WAIS server.

• Ecolab Gopher.(Sustainable Human Ecosystems Laboratory, Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia; URL: gopher:// includes the Southeastern Archaeology Gopher which has a telnet link to the National Archaeological Database.

• Flora Mesoamericana.(Gopher and WWW; Missouri Botanical Garden, Universidad Autonoma Nacional de Mexico, and the Natural History Museum, London; URL: gopher:// / botany / Flora Mesoamericana or fm_introduction.html): vascular plants in Central America and southern Mexico.

• Grant Directory.(Gopher; University of Idaho; URL: gopher:// / Science, Research and Grant Information.)

• Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology.(WWW; University of Memphis Department of Art; URL: egypt/main.html.)

• International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).(Gopher and WWW; ICOMOS Canada; URL: gopher:// 7000 or includes World Heritage Committee materials.

• Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.(WWW; University of Michigan; URL: http:// classics. Isa. mich. edu/Kelsey/Outreach. html.)

• Library of Congress Marvel.(Gopher; telnet access: telnet:// (login marvel); URL: gopher:// includes records from the Handbook of Latin American Studies.

• Mayan Epigraphic Database Project.(Gopher; University of Virginia; URL: gopher:/ / / Publications / Research / Mayan Epigraphic Database.)

• Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari/Archaeological Museum of Cagliari, Italy.(WWW; URL: http://www. ind.html): Sardinia and Italy.

• Natural History Collections Gopher.(Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale Univ.; URL: gopher://gopher.peabody.yale. edu): catalog records for the museum’s collections, including some archaeological materials.

• Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Bulletin.(Gopher; University of California at Santa Barbara; URL: gopher:// text of the SAA Bulletin.

• Southampton University Department of Archaeology.(WWW; http://avebury.arch. houses Online Archaeology, an electronic journal.

• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.(Gopher and WWW; URL: go- pher:// or http://www.

• U.S. Geological Survey.(Gopher and WWW; URL: gopher:// or http:/ /

• U.S. National Archives and Records Administration: CLIO.(Gopher and WWW; URL: gopher:// or http://

• U.S. National Institutes of Health.(Gopher; URL: gopher://

• U.S National Science Foundation Science and Technology Information System.(Gopher; URL: gopher:// includes a database of projects awarded grants by NSF.

• UT-LANIC.(Gopher and WWW; Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin; URL: gopher://; connections to Latin American online resources.

• Wings.(Gopher; Department of Anthropology, State University of New York at Buffalo; URL: gopher:// /Academic and Departmental Information / Academic Departments / Anthropology Dept.): houses the electronic journal World Anthropology, and WEDA, the World E-mail Directory of Anthropologists.

• Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center.(Gopher; University of Wisconsin-Madison; URL: gopher://

• World Health Organization.(Gopher and WWW; United Nations; URL: gopher:// or

• World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Anthropology.(University of Southern California; URL: anthropology.html): includes material from the Ethnographies Laboratory (E-Lab), Center for Visual Anthropology.

WAIS databases

• Conservation Online(CoOL) (Preservation Department, Stanford University): full- text database of conservation information. (See also Conservation Online (CoOL) gopher or WWW server above.)

• Coombspapers Social Sciences Research Data Bank(Coombs Computing Unit, Research Schools of Social Sciences and Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University) is a collection of databases on religion, Pacific and Asian studies, archaeology, demography, human genetics, and cultural anthropology, and indexes to several anthropology journals. (See also the Coombsquest gopher or the CoombsWeb WWW site above.)

Other resources

• Applied Anthropology Documentation Project(AADP) is a collection of materials at the University of Kentucky relating to applied anthropology projects that are either unpublished or of limited distribution. Bibliographic records are included in the university library’s OPAC. To create a set of all records from this project, search the OPAC for “K=applied anthropology documentation”. The resulting set may then be searched using more specific keywords. (For more information see the Society for Applied Anthropology’s bulletin, Practicing Anthropology.)

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National Archaeological Database (NADB), administered by the National Park Service and housed at the University of Arkansas, has two parts. NADB-Reports contains citations to reports of cultural resource management and other research in the United States. The second part provides information on the Native Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). NADB may be reached by telnet: telnet (login nadb) or from such gophers as Anthropology and Culture (Rice University) and the Southeastern Archaeology Gopher (Ecolab Gopher, University of Georgia).

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