archaeology ancient research topics

1. 13047The field museum of Natural history.

Desc: This paper is on "The field museum of Natural history". It includes the information on one of the finest collections of artifacts of any museum in the world. It also includes that what can you learn from the material displayed? What can we learn about the interaction of culture and the environment or about the influence of cultures on each other? And do we see the pattern in what is displayed about the cultures and/or what is not displayed? It also explains how the museums like this contribute to the understanding of culture, cultural adaptation and diversity use of anthropological concepts. 4-pages, bibliography lists 2 sources.

2. Anthropology: Analysis Review.

Desc: This eight-page undergraduate paper presents a comparative analysis of how Anthropology is concerned with the interpretation of meanings rather than a search for scientific laws. It tends to cover all the aspects related to the explanation of anthropology. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

3. A Comparison and Contrast of Ancient Jewelry in Egyptian and Byzantine Cultures

Desc: This paper will seek to examine the role of jewelry created in both the Egyptian and Byzantine worlds. By understanding the relgious themes bewhind this jewelry, we can see how the Egyptians influenced the Byzantine Christian themes of jewelry making.

4. A Comparison of Roman And Greek Gods.

Desc: This paper is a comparison of Greek and Roman gods. There are many similarities in the Roman and Greek gods, because Romans took their beliefs about some of the gods from the Greek.

5. A Conceptual Analysis of Caucasoid and Aggression with respect to Michael Bradley's Born of Beast .

Desc: All successful arguments necessitate an initial defining of one's terms, and the consistent employment of these concepts in the course of the argument. While this does not, in and of itself, ensure an argument's acceptance, it is essential to a reader's navigation of the landscape of an author's text. Michael Bradley's "Born of Beast" superficially fulfils these two prerequisites with regard to his use of the concepts: "caucasoid" and "aggression". However, this essay will argue that a closer reading of the text reveals not only flaws in reasoning, but an imprecision in employing these concepts that detract from the viability of his argument. It will be demonstrated that this imprecision is necessary to the maintenance of Bradley's thesis, but by its very nature also subverts the argument. 8 pgs. 10 f/c. 2b.

6. A Discussion and Semiotic Anthropology Of the Salem Witch Trials.

Desc: This paper addresses the history and the events of the Salem Witch Trials from the perspective of Semiotic Anthropology. Here, the question of the witchcraft trials is examined as a form of social control for a people, specifically women, who had no other element of control. 7 pgs. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

7. A Fabricated Anthropological Study: The Mitzimee People of the Amazon.

Desc: This paper shall provide an examination of a fictitious society living in the "Mitzimee Jungle", an untouched area of the Amazon. The Mitzimee people shall be explored in two stages: First, their cultures shall be examined before the introduction of construction equipment for a major highway. Second, the changes that occurred after the highway went through shall be noted. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

8. A Feminist Analysis of the Goddess Pele in Hawaiian Mythology.

Desc: This analysis will seek to discover feminine thought through the volcano goddess Pele in Hawaiian mythology. By assessing the history of women in this island culture, we can see how they were held in great respect by their male counterparts.

9. A History of the Spiro Mounds of Oklahoma.

Desc: This paper presents a look at the historical significance of the Spiro Mounds in Spiro, Oklahoma. The Spiro Mounds exhibit several features that mark them as having extreme significance to archaeologists, yet the Spiro Mounds have a value simply in terms of their historical role in the development of the people in the Ouachita Mountains and among the peoples of the Great Plains. The Spiro Mounds have a high historical significance as they were constructed by many different groups of native peoples at the close of the prehistoric period, which makes the Spiro Mounds ideal for examining the cultural and social development of these many peoples immediately prior to the introduction of the Europeans in the New World. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

10. A Portrait of Visigoth Culture.

Desc: This three-page undergraduate paper presents a portrait of Visigothic culture based upon information acquired from the books, "Lives of the Visigothic Fathers and Goths in the Fourth Century". 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

11. A Summary Of The Coasean Approach To The Environment.

Desc: A Summary Of The Coasean Approach To The Environment.4 pgs. 0 f/c. 4b.

12. A Thief of Time

Desc: Although Tony Hillerman's A Thief of Time is a work of fiction, it could serve just as well as a primer on anthropology because in the course of the action of the novel the characters address all four of the subfields of anthropology, including linguistics (which is the study both of language development and of the ways in which language and culture interact with each other); physical anthropology (which is the study of human and our close primate relatives and how we have developed over time via evolutionary pressures into the species that we are today); archaeology (which is the practice of searching for the material remains of the past through excavation and related techniques) and cultural anthropology (which covers the core concepts of the discipline, looking at how all humans belong to certain groups within which individuals share habits, beliefs, customs, language and material culture).

13. Addressing the Nature of Complexity in the Hunter- Gatherer Societies.

Desc: This paper demonstrates that while the term of "hunter- gatherer" can be applied to a specific type of social behavior where prehistoric human beings acquired food through hunting or gathering, and that complexity is a progressive event among human communities. 4-pages, bibliography lists 5 sources.

14. Advantages and Pitfalls of Anthropological Fieldwork

Desc: Anthropologists often take on the role of an explorer as they set out to explore societies and cultures with little records. Fieldwork is a strenuous process for anthropologists because they need to discover social behaviors and institutions through the observations of day-to-day events. For this reason, anthropologists spend longer time in the field than other social scientists.

15. Age Differences in African Foraging Patterns: Developmental or Environmental

Desc: This paper focuses on children living in foraging societies and the differences between the Hadza tribes and the Kung tribes in Africa. Hadza children forage at a very young age of three and the Kung don't forage until they are 14, despite other similarities found in both tribes. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

16. Ajanta Cave One: Mahajanaka Jata.

Desc: This three-page master's paper discusses the Ajanta caves. It will specifically analyze the first cave i.e. the Mahajanaka Jataka and will attempt to establish a relationship between the mudras of traditional dance and the paintings. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

17. Alexander the Great

Desc: This paper discusses Alexander the Great. His life, his characteristics, his military power, and his death are discussed. Alexander the Great was a great ruler for several reasons. One of the most important characteristics that he had, was generosity. Alexander the Great did not fight for wealth, but fought for power and victory. Even as a child, Alexander wanted to prove his ability to capture Persia.

18. Alexander the Great and Art History.

Desc: This is a 6-page paper that describes Alexander's like and his effect on the culture after. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

19. An Analysis of the Iqbal Family in "White Teeth".

Desc: This five-page undergraduate paper is an analysis of the Iqbal with some reference to the Jones and Chalfens families. The thesis is underlined, which is that life and culture are attempted to be controlled because the complexity of it all is not realized. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

20. An Annotated Bibliography on Canada's First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples from Earliest Times.

Desc: Summary: This is an annotated bibliography concerning the Canada Aboriginal people. It gives four sources with a summary of each of these and a thesis of the future paper.

21. An Anthropological Comparison of the Yanomamo and the Ojibwa

Desc: This paper shall be a comparison and contrasting examination of an anthropological topic. Specifically, this paper will examine two different hunter-gatherer level societies and discuss any similarities and differences. The two societies will be the Yanomamo and the Ojibwa. The topics discussed will include the status of women, religion, and division of labor, political organization, social organization, and technology.

22. An Ethnographic Analysis of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California

Desc: This paper will seek to understand how the Los Angeles County Natural Museum of History creates its ethnographic base. By offering a great deal of Latin American and Native American permanent exhibits, we can learn how the stakeholders in the museum see a great value in projecting a scientific analysis of ancient cultures in American origins of human beings in southern California.

23. An Evaluation of a Statuette of Aphrodite.

Desc: The nude Aphrodite is a key figure in late Hellenistic sculpture. The primary reason this is such a key figure is that is signified the shift in attitudes toward women and the overall respect they garnered in Greek culture during that period. What makes this more significant is that the general function of the Hellenistic period in general was public display, not art for art's sake. Public display usually had an overt religious or political connotation, so the fact that nude Aphrodites starting appearing during the late Hellenistic period carries that much more significance. 3 pgs. 0 f/c. 0b.

24. Analyze the Growth of the Mongol Empire in the 13th Century.

Desc: This is a 4 page paper with 4 sources cited that analyzes the reasons, causes and effects of the growth of the Mongolian Empire in the 13th Century. It is descriptive in character and analyzes in depth. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

25. Ancient Civilizations.

Desc: Summary: This paper is about ancient civilizations, Dravidian culture was well established by about 2500 B.C., and more recent studies revealed that it covered nearly all of the Lower Indus Valley. This Indus Valley civilization was an empire that contained hundreds of cities, some of which had populations of thirty to forty thousand. The cities were centers for high civilization.

26. Ancient And Modern Greece.

Desc: This three-page undergraduate paper studies the differences in ancient and modern Greece. The Greek civilization spans several centuries and Greece rightfully boasts of one the oldest living cultures. The country today is significantly different from the old one but the ancient civilization has left indelible mark on the Greek language. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

27. Ancient Egyptian Religion.

Desc: This paper discusses ancient Egyptian religion and its importance to all aspects of Egyptian culture, its art, science, government, and law. 6 pgs. 2 f/c. 9b.

28. Ancient Greek Dress and Costume.

Desc: This paper examines Greece as a source of beauty, grace, and culture. Many of the ideals that we hold politically, religiously, and philosophically have at least part of their roots in ancient Greece. In accordance with the value of beauty in form and the idealizing of character (depicted by the Greek Gods and Goddesses), Greece has been the home of many beautiful creations in dress as well as in the other arts. The climate of Greece had very much to do with the dress and costume of Ancient Greece. 5 pgs. 7 f/c. 7b.

29. Ancient Mode Of Production.

Desc: The ancient mode of production (antiquity) was based on a form of division of labor between two social classes, namely slaves and slave owners. In these agrarian societies, the slave owners controlled the forces of production and the means of production, including estates and plantations.

30. Ancient Roman Slavery.

Desc: This is five-page undergraduate paper discusses the ancient Roman slavery hierarchy. It describes how the Roman slaves fit into the society and will describe slave jobs for their masters from the best jobs all the way down to the menial jobs. It will explain the treatment of Roman slaves at each position. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

31. Ancient Writing: Cuneiform and Hieroglyphs.

Desc: This paper examines Mesopotamian cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphs. The two earliest known types of writing are compared and contrasted in terms of origin and development, and usage. 4pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

32. Anthropology.

Desc: This anthropology paper analyzes the articles by Eric Michael "Hollywood Iconography: A Warlpiri Reading" and Terence Turner's "Representing, Resisting, Rethinking: Historical Transformations of Kayapo Culture and Consciousness". It discusses the main idea or argument of the reading? What is the especially persuasive point of this article and why? What is the confusing part of this article and why? With whom does the author agree and disagree?

33. Anthropology and Its 4 Parts

Desc: A culture is most attractive the way it is and any unwanted change to it, would only be a degeneration in its splendor and elegance. Anthropology may be divided into four principal viewpoints, primarily physical or biological anthropology, which is an area of study in relation with human development and human acclimatization. Its principal ingredients are human paleontology, the study of our fossil records, and human genetics, which explores the ways in which human beings vary from each other. The people of the Caribbean are descended from nearly all the peoples of the world. Groups of native people subsist together with the people that have grown out of enslavement, cheap labor and migration.

34. Anthropology: Analysis of Reading and Studies

Desc: This anthropology paper analyzes the articles by Eric Michael "Hollywood Iconography: A Warlpiri Reading" and Terence Turner's "Representing, Resisting, Rethinking: Historical Transformations of Kayapo Culture and Consciousness". It discusses the main idea or argument of the reading. What is the especially persuasive point of this article and why? What is the confusing part of this article and why? With whom does the author agree and disagree?

35. Anthropology: Eric Michael "Hollywood Iconography: A Warlpiri Reading" and Terence Turner's "Representing, Resisting, Rethinking: Historical Transformations of Kayapo Culture and Consciousness".

Desc: This anthropology paper analyzes the articles by Eric Michael "Hollywood Iconography: A Warlpiri Reading" and Terence Turner's "Representing, Resisting, Rethinking: Historical Transformations of Kayapo Culture and Consciousness". It discusses the main idea or argument of the reading? What is the especially persuasive point of this article and why? What is the confusing part of this article and why? With whom does the author agree and disagree?

36. Anthropology: Ethical and Moral Considerations.

Desc: This four-page paper looks at the ethical and moral considerations along with the understandings of how they should treat and respect those people who they come into contact with during their fieldwork. It also discusses the idea of Malinoskwi and the foundation of functionalism, the idea of Holism with anthropology and cultural language within the Indo European set.

37. Anthropology: Marriage, Kinship, and Human Society

Desc: This paper answers three specific questions in the field of anthropology, addressing their importance and relevance to the field. The first examines marriage as a social institution and attempts a definition based on several examples. The second examines society and the social nature of humanbeings. Finally, the third question analyzes the importance of kinship and how it can be used cross-culturally to destabilize Western values.

38. Aphrodisiacs, Their Uses and Their History.

Desc: This ten-page-paper presents a detailed look at the world of aphrodisiacs. For many years the world has debated the validity of whether certain foods and drugs enhanced the ability to become sexually aroused. This paper takes a close look at some of the more commonly touted aphrodisiacs and the stories behind them. Many facets of the field are explored with an emphasis on the belief that chocolate is one of the most potent of the aphrodisiacs. This paper uses ten sources for its completion. 10 pgs. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

39. Archaeology Quiz

Desc: This paper answers a series of questions on archaeology based on the book "Archaeology: Theories Methods and Practice, with questions covering archaeological techniques, discoveries, obstacles, and so on, with the questions covering marterial from the first six chapters of this book, considering different kinds of analysis that can be done and some of the tools used.

40. Archaeology Questions Chapter 10

Desc: This paper answers a series of questions on archaeology relating to Chapter 10 of the book "Archaeology: Theories and Methods" by Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn, considering issues of speech, ritual, expression, and considering symbolic meaning and how difficult it is to know the meaning ascribed to any ancient symbol because that is specific to the particular culture that produced it, and we cannot identify what we see based only on our own experience.

41. Archaeology and Neanderthals.

Desc: This nine-page second-year paper critically analysis the position of Neanderthals in the preeminent procedure of evolution and spread of modern humans. The works cited-page appends eight sources in MLA format. 9-pages, bibliography lists 8 sources.

42. Archaeology: History of the Classic Mayas.

Desc: This paper examines the history of the Classic Mayas. Topics addressed are: 1) The Classic Period and Urban Centralization, 2) The Region and the Mayan Biosphere, 3) Surviving the Rain Forests, 4) History and Religion, 5) Religion and Agriculture, 6) Urbanization, and 7) Horizons. 10 pgs. 42 f/c. 5b.

43. Archarology Questions Chapter 9

Desc: This paper answers a series of questions on archaeology, relating to finding and identifying the origin of archaeological materials, identifying trade and how it was undertaken, suggesting now new analytical methods have been developed which allow modern archaeologists to be better able to be more precise about the place of origin most of artifacts.

44. Are Pidgin And Creole Languages Relics Of A Colonial Past Which Have No Role To Play In The Modern World Consider Especially What Social Factors Might Affect Their Disappearance Or Continued Use

Desc: This is a 13-page paper that discusses how pidgin and Creole are affected by the modern world and whether their disintegration is plausible or not. 13 pgs. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

45. Art, Religion, Funerary Practices in Old, Middle and Late Kingdom Egypt.

Desc: While Egypt's ancient history passes through many unique periods, it is perhaps the Old, Middle, and Late Kingdoms which garner the greatest attention as they demonstrate the greatest changes in growth and development, and transition of art, culture, and religion. The Old Kingdom marked the period in which the majority of Egypt's pyramids were constructed, a development of a complex military state, and the beginnings of outside trade. The Middle Kingdom, marked as much for political stability as for massive infrastructure construction, a great and lasting peace, and the blossoming of art and architecture, was also a time of great expansion and political growth. The Late Kingdom was a time of securing borders, establishing complex internal political systems, greater complexities in art and architecture, and further changes in religious practices and thought. It is the purpose of this paper to examine art, religion, and funerary practices in each of these ages and each cultural element was shaped by the particular forces of their respective ages.

46. Art, Religion, and Death in Old, Middle and Late Kingdom Egypt.

Desc: While Egypt's ancient history passes through many unique periods, it is perhaps the Old, Middle, and Late Kingdoms which garner the greatest attention as they demonstrate the greatest changes in growth and development, and transition of art, culture, and religion. The Old Kingdom marked the period in which the majority of Egypt's pyramids were constructed, a development of a complex military state, and the beginnings of outside trade. The Middle Kingdom, marked as much for political stability as for massive infrastructure construction, a great and lasting peace, and the blossoming of art and architecture, was also a time of great expansion and political growth. The Late Kingdom was a time of securing borders, establishing complex internal political systems, greater complexities in art and architecture, and further changes in religious practices and thought. It is the purpose of this paper to examine art, religion, and funerary practices in each of these ages and each cultural element was shaped by the particular forces of their respective ages.

47. Assessing the Agrarian Poor in Sub- Saharan Africa and Community Responses to Modern and Traditional Farming Methods After Environmental Damage Due to Modern Farming Techniques.

Desc: This paper explores the nature of impoverished agrarian societies and how returning to more traditional methods of farming is helping improve their environment after damage from modern farming techniques, such as the Green Revolution. The emphasis is on sub- Saharan Africa. APA format. 40-pages, bibliography lists 50 sources.

48. Athens and Sparta.

Desc: This three-page undergraduate paper discusses the ancient Greek city-states of Athens and Sparta in terms of their respective origins, political structures, and societies. The basic similarities and differences between them are analyzed, and conclusions are drawn from the facts ascertained. 3 pgs. 3 f/c. 3b.

49. Athens in the Fifth Century.

Desc: This paper explores Athens in the Fifth Century, B.C. and the advantages and disadvantages the city-state then faced.

50. Attachment Parenting and and Native American Traditions.

Desc: This six-page undergraduate paper compares the tenets of attachment parenting to the teachings and culture of Native Americans in terms of birth-bonding, breast-feeding on the cues of the infant, bed-sharing, baby-wearing, and the belief in the signal value of the infant's cry. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

51. Augustus A Ruler of Rome

Desc: This paper discusses Augustus as a Roman ruler. The questions to be answered in this paper are the type of ruler that he was. Augustus cared about his people. The paper discusses the personal characteristics of Augustus. He was a ruler who worked as hard as he played. Even during sickness, he showed that he was a ruler who never stopped thinking about the Roman Empire. Augustus was a Roman ruler who had dignity, showed charity, and was courageous, brave, caring, generous, and loved the Roman people.

52. Australian and Maori Creation Myths.

Desc: This six-page undergraduate paper compares and contrasts an Australian aboriginal creation myth about the god Baiame, the All-Father, with a Maori creation myth featuring the god and goddess Rangi and Papa. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

53. Aztecs and Romans: A Comparison

Desc: This paper is a comparison of the ancient Aztec civilization and the Roman Empire. Similarities and differences in the religions, governments, laws, and social class structure of these two societies are examined. A discussion of the causes of any perceived differences between these two civilizations is included.

54. Background: Aboriginal Unemployment.

Desc: Summary: The focus of this paper deals with the latter. It attempts to address the problem of aboriginal unemployment within the context of government policy. Although government monies have increased to the First Nations steadily in the last ten years, it has put a very small dent in the problem. The Canadian government has used a variety of measures to address the problem of Aboriginal unemployment, including entrapreneuralship programs, education, and fostering mega-projects such as Voisey Bay and northern gas pipelines.

55. Balkans.

Desc: This paper discusses the Balkans. The Turks' guiding principle was to raid, war against and make life miserable to the Christians in the interest of Islam. They belonged to the Byzantine Empire, the capital of which was Constantinople, the apple of the eye of the Turks, then headed by the prophet Muhammad. But it was not until the rule of Muhammad the Conqueror that this great ghazi or conquest was carried out. In 1453, Muhammad and his troops bombed the city walls of Constantinople for months, and having been so badly damaged, it did not take the Turks a day to capture it and destroy the last bit of it. Thus was how the misery of its Christian inhabitants, begun by the brutal siege, continued.