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Can anthropology save you from the zombie apocolypse?

Everybody knows you can defeat real zombies with salt, but which anthropologists would you want by your side in mankind’s final stand against the Evil Dead?

Zombie team

Did you survive?


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Matt Thompson is Project Cataloger at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, and currently working on a CLIR 'hidden collections' grant to describe the museum's collection of early 20th Century photography. He has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of North Carolina and a Masters in information science from the University of Tennessee.

9 thoughts on “Can anthropology save you from the zombie apocolypse?


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    Mistah Charley says:

    i saw sol tax (#28 above) live and in person once – it was at a panel discussion sponsored by people connected with the Skeptical Inquirer – provoked by the supercilious cynicism of another panelist, he asked exasperatedly, “what is it you LIKE?”


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    Dustin M. Wax says:

    I came one day from having napoleon Chagnon on my team. Pretty sure I’d kill him with an axe and take all his wives in the first few minutes of the Zombie Apocalypse, so I guess it’s a good thing I got Paul Farmer. Who’s a physician! You gotta have that on your team.


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    Emily Regan Wills (@ajnabieh) says:

    Someone on the internet has already pondered this question (about social theorists, not anthropologists, though):

    Many Forms of Resistance (2323 words) by amalnahurriyehChapters: 1/1Fandom: Sociology RPFRating: Teen And Up AudiencesWarnings: Graphic Depictions Of ViolenceCharacters: C. Wright Mills, Michel FoucaultAdditional Tags: Zombies, Alternate Universe – Apocalypse, Road Trip, Motorcycles, Alternate Universe – Modern SettingSummary: No one had ever expected a critical theory conference to end so poorly. The worst you could usually expect was that someone would get wine thrown on them.


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    Rex says:

    I think the shirt section needs to be expanded for me to really figure out who my team is. Where is the aloha wear option?


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    Dick Powis says:

    I have Charlotte Lewis, Greg Graffin, and Vine Deloria. So I got one anthropologist and she’s fictional. Hey, speaking of fictional anthropologists, where is Jared Diamond?


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    Carole McGranahan says:

    I’ve got Kurt Vonnegut on my team. We are standing really close to the edge and things are looking good.


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    Ixak (@ixakRubicon) says:

    Dick, would you say that Graffin’s PhD in Paleobiology disqualifies him from being an anthropologist because he only has a BA in Anthropology?


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    Matt Thompson says:

    LOL, Dick!


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    Dick Powis says:

    Ixak, I just don’t know if he would identify himself as an anthropologist since he chose to go a different direction in his education. That’s all.

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