Multimedia Resources for Anthropology Courses
at UCSBMany faculty and graduate students in the UCSB Anthropology Department have dedicated considerable effort towards the development of multimedia educational tools. Some examples of stand-alone software and courses using the Internet are listed below.
Human DentitionThe Human Dental Software package developed by graduate student Ed Hagen and Dr. Phil Walker allows students to carefully study individual teeth in great detail, thereby enhancing their ability to identify human teeth in both archaeological and osteological contexts. Although this software is still under development, an online demo is available.
Yanomamo Interactive: Dr. Napoleon Chagnon's famous film, The Ax Fight, is currently being developed into an interactive CD-ROM that will allow students to more effectively understand the social and political dynamics that the film portrays. An online demo is currently available that illustrates a few minutes of this film, as well as the accompanying background information that accompanies the CD.
Human Evolution is a software package that teaches students about our ancestors using the fossil evidence. It was created by Phillip L. Walker and Edward H. Hagen. They have recently created an online version called Human Evolution: The Fossil Evidence in 3D.
The Carhuarazo Valley Survey is a Hypercard stack designed by Kirk Frye that allows students to explore a study area in Peru as if were they conducting their own archaeological field work.
Quantitative Data Analysis in Archaeology consists of a series of interactive modules for teaching students exploratory data analysis. This Hypercard stack was developed by Dr. Mark Aldenderfer and Chantal Cagle.
Introduction to Lithic Analysis is a Hypercard stack that allows students to test their ability to identify microwear polish on lithic tools. Students examine high-resolution photographs of microwear polishes, and based on knowledge obtained through hands-on classroom experience, they select the material that likely created the polish.
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Revised Nov. 30, 1998