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Mary Steedly

In Memory of Professor Mary Steedly

January 10, 2018
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our colleague, Professor Mary Steedly, on January 4th, 2018. Prof. Steedly was a major figure in the ethnography and social anthropology of Indonesia. Her research focused on the Karo Bataks, of North Sumatra. Her books include Hanging without a Rope: Narrative Experience in Colonial and Postcolonial Karoland (Princeton University Press, 1993) and Rifle Reports: Gender, Nationalism and Peasant Resistance in the Karo Area, 1945-1950 (University of California Press, 2013).... Read more about In Memory of Professor Mary Steedly
Incan khipu

Harvard undergraduate decoded a set of 17th century khipus

December 14, 2017

"THERE ARE MANY WAYS A college student might spend spring break. Making an archaeological breakthrough is not usually one of them. In his first year at Harvard, Manny Medrano did just that.

“There’s something in me, I can’t explain where it came from, but I love the idea of digging around and trying to find secrets hidden from the past,” Medrano says.

With the help of his professor, Gary Urton, a scholar of Pre-Columbian studies, Medrano interpreted a set of six khipus, knotted cords used for record keeping in the Inca...

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Ieva Jusionyte receives the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship Award

Ieva Jusionyte receives the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship Award

December 5, 2017

The Department of Anthropology is delighted to share that Ieva Jusionyte recently received the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship Award for her project, Firepower: Social Biography of Guns and Political Economy of Violence in Mexico. Her project was selected from among nearly forty compelling proposals submitted by fellow faculty members this fall. Congratulations Ieva!

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CRIMSON: Anthropology Lecture Series Seeks to Strengthen Harvard's Ties to Mexico

CRIMSON: Anthropology Lecture Series Seeks to Strengthen Harvard's Ties to Mexico

November 9, 2017

Harvard launched a five-year lecture series to commemorate the career of a Mexican archaeologist, an effort to promote work from Harvard’s office in Mexico City.

The lecture series, which began this semester, celebrates the 40-year collaboration between Divinity School professor Davíd Carrasco and Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, Mexico’s premier archaeologist who has led excavations to uncover remains of a temple in the former Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.

Read more here: https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/11/9/moctezuma-mexico-lecture-...

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Ted Bestor awarded Order of the Rising Sun decoration by Japanese government

Ted Bestor awarded Order of the Rising Sun decoration by Japanese government

November 6, 2017

The Japanese government has conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, on Ted Bestor, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. The Order of the Rising Sun is one of Japan’s highest distinctions and is awarded in recognition of Professor Bestor’s extensive contributions to the study of Japan and to the promotion of scholarly and educational exchange between Japan and the United States of America throughout his career. Congratulations...

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