The Anthropology Outreach Office at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History serves "to promote the understanding of the field of anthropology and the research conducted in the Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology." This office publishes AnthroNotes (a newsletter for educators), along with a range of leaflets, bibliographies, and packets of material for teachers. The AnthroNotes archive is a fine place to start, as visitors can browse past issues all the way back to 1996. Some of the subjects covered here include the documentation of endangered languages, the Egyptian afterlife, and animal mummies. One rather nice feature on the site is a great narrative essay titled "What is Anthropology?" that includes a discussion of the history of anthropological investigations performed at the Smithsonian from 1897 to the present day. Moving on, the Teaching Activities area includes several dozen activities, such as "Exploring Historic Cemeteries," "Maya Art and Writing," and "Resources on Mali."


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