Back to school, and a few updates

This has been the first week of the semester for me, which has taken most of my attention, but I thought I would throw up a few notes about threads that we’ve covered on the blog that might be helpful:

Harpers has “an article on Human Terrain Teams in Afghanistan”:

And Science has an article on “Pre-Columbian Urbanism in Amazonia”:, suggesting that all those ‘uncontacted tribes’ have a long history which includes a sort urbanism and level of regional organization that stereotypes of people wandering in the jungle do not do justice to.

More soon.


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at