HRAF News Vol. 2021-1
HRAF begins 2021 with a focus on archaeology
Despite the unprecedented challenges of 2020, HRAF was pleased to have a productive year, and we were delighted to welcome several new members. Our annual post reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to the new year provides a detailed summary of our activities. Continuing our interest in food anthropology, we present a post on comfort foods by Fran Barone. We have announced the HRAF Global Scholars for 2021 who will be using the eHRAF databases for research and teaching. We continue to produce teaching activities for our new Introduction to Archaeology workbook. As we begin the new year, HRAF is focusing our energies on developing teaching resources for eHRAF Archaeology and expanding our membership with this database. We invite academic institutions to sign up for a free trial.
As we begin a new year, it is time for our annual News & Notes recap and preview. Our post
HRAF 2020 in Review & 2021 Preview summarizes our highlights from the previous year, as well as what you can expect to see from HRAF over the next 12 months. The topics featured in our year-in-review include:

  • Staff Updates
  • Research Grants
  • Remote Learning
  • eHRAF Workbooks
  • Teaching eHRAF
  • Explaining Human Culture
  • Membership Updates
  • Culture & Tradition Updates
  • Research from HRAF
  • IT & Development

Our latest post by Dr. Francine Barone takes us on a mouth-watering journey into the world of comfort foods.

Food is a universal human experience. People everywhere must eat to survive, yet what foods are eaten and how they are enjoyed can vary widely across cultures and time. Over the past year, comfort foods have made a comeback. What do pandemic eating habits have in common with other cultural food practices? Is turning to food for comfort a cultural universal?

Grab a snack and read our latest post based on ethnographic data from eHRAF World Cultures.

HRAF is pleased to announce the recipients of the HRAF Global Scholars Program for 2021. This program provides scholars around the world with one year of complimentary access to our research databases, eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology.

Applications for the program were received on behalf of individuals and academic institutions in low- or middle-income countries, as defined by the World Bank.

For 2021, we have four individual scholars and one academic institution participating in the HRAF Global Scholars Program.

In the months ahead, we will feature the work of each of these scholars in posts on our homepage and social media.

HRAF is continuing to produce a set of activities for our new Introduction to Archaeology workbook.

The latest workbook provides an introduction to burial practices and covers the following topics:

  • Burial practices in the archaeological record
  • Traditions covered in eHRAF Archaeology
  • Questions about each archaeological tradition
  • Comparing & contrasting traditions in an essay

We expect to showcase our next set of workbook activities based on the eHRAF Archaeology database at the Society for American Archaeology conference in Spring 2021.

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