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  • Adventures in the Past: Career Profiles — The Bureau of Land Management presents profiles of three archaeologists and the work they are doing in public lands in Wyoming, Alaska, and Utah.
  • American Anthropology Association — This professional association presents resources for educators, as well as information about issues and activities in the field.
  • The American Folklife Center — Background on ethnography and field techniques, links to resources related to ethnographic study, and information about activities at the Library of Congress.
  • AnthroBase — This site presents more than 150 papers in anthropology, plus a dictionary of the discipline being collaboratively developed by users.
  • Anthropology.Net — Anthropology.Net is both a search engine, searching 40,000 reviewed sites related to anthropology, and a subject tree, with links for 53 specific topics. Maintained by Eric J. White.
  • Anthropology Department: California Academy of Sciences — Online exhibits and a searchable database of 16,000 objects in the department's collections plus online exhibits. Particular area of interest is the indigenous cultures of western North America and the Pacific Rim.
  • Anthropology in the News — Daily news about anthropology culled from standard news sources, scholarly periodicals, and press releases from universities. Maintained by anthropologist David L. Carlson of Texas A&M University.
  • Anthropology Outreach Office — This Smithsonian program offers a newsletter for teachers, teacher’s packets on anthropological topics, and other resources.
  • Anthropology Resources on the Internet — Extensive set of links from French archaeologist Bernard Clist.
  • Anthropology Tutorials — Thirty tutorials on topics in physical and cultural anthropology, with flashcards and Web research activities provided for each. From Professor Dennis O'Neil of Palomar College.
  • Archaeologica — Links to daily archaeological news and other archaeology sites, plus a discussion forum. Maintained by amateur archaeologists Claire Warren and Michelle Hilling.
  • Archaeological Institute of America — The site of this membership organization provides useful background and resources for archaeologists and the public. An education page provides background, commentary on movies from an archaeologist’s point of view.
  • The Archaeology Channel — The Archaeological Legacy Institute presents free audio and video programs on human cultural heritage.
  • BBC: Archaeology — Archaeological news and background on the methods used to investigate archaeological sites.
  • Becoming Human — The Institute for Human Origins at Arizona State University presents this site on evolution and the search for early human life. Includes a Flash documentary, lesson plans, a glossary, and links.
  • Crow Canyon Archaeological Center — This site provides insight into the Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest, as well as useful publications and background on archaeological methods.
  • Dig: The Archaeology Magazine for Kids — One of the most useful features of this site is a glossary of archaeological terms written in understandable language.
  • Ethnography, Observational Research, and Narrative Inquiry — This writing guide from the Writing Center at Colorado State University presents a handy introduction to doing observational research and presenting the results of such research.
  • Experience Rich Anthropology — A series of teaching cases developed during a three-year project at the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing, University of Kent at Canterbury.
  • Field Museum — Chicago’s renowned museum presents exhibits and educational materials on a range of topics in anthropology, archaeology, and natural history. For example, an online curriculum puts students in the shoes of a paleontologist studying Sue, the world's largest intact T Rex skeleton.
  • Interactive Dig: Hierakonpolis — Archaeology Magazine documents the excavation of a major site 400 miles south of Cairo, Egypt, dating from 3800 B.C.E. Other interactive digs are also available on the site.
  • Intute Social Science: Anthropology — Extensive set of links related to anthropology.
  • Leakey Foundation — This organization devoted to research on human origins presents archaeological news, a timeline of discoveries, a glossary, and more.
  • Margaret Mead: Human Nature and the Power of Culture — This permanent exhibit from the Library of Congress describes the life and work of the renowned anthropologist.
  • Michigan Discussions in Anthropology — An online journal from the University of Michigan, covering archaeology, biological anthropology, ethnology, and linguistic anthropology.
  • National Park Service Archeology Program — A useful introduction to the work of archeologists, plus information on Native Americans and the Park Service’s research.
  • Network of State and Provincial Archaeology Education Coordinators — Educators in every U.S. state and seven Canadian provinces can find links to archaeological resources in their areas on this site from the Society for American Archaeology.
  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology — This museum at Harvard University presents a searchable database of objects in its collection, as well as special online features on such topics as the ethnography of Lewis and Clark, Native American running traditions, and women anthropologists.
  • The Perfect Corpse — This site from the PBS program NOVA explores what archaeologists have learned from the well-preserved bodies in an 8,000-year-old cemetery discovered in Florida.
  • Race: The Power of an Illusion — California Newsreels developed this website on the concept of race. Included are nearly 50 essays, seven lesson plans, answers to questions on topics related to race from a panel of experts, and a discussion guide for the television series of the same name.
  • Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage — This Center provides resources for teaching and learning about grassroots culture around the world; exhibitions focus on such topics as the Silk Road, Maroon culture in the United States, and Mekong lifeways.
  • Smithsonian Institution Human Origins Program — To achieve its goal of “enhancing scientific knowledge and public awareness of human evolutionary history,” this site provides background information, pictures of artifacts, news about paleoanthropology, and an ask-an-expert feature.
  • Unearthing Secret America — PBS's Scientific American Frontiers offers an in-depth look at several ways archaeologists are uncovering information about colonial America.
  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology — A range of archaeological exhibits that not only illuminate ancient civilizations but educate users about research methods.
  • World Communities: What Is a Culture? — A useful guide from the New York State Department of Education, including a teacher-friendly essay on culture and tools for teaching about culture from geographic and anthropological perspectives.