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Survey: Favorite Anthropology Blogs

After cataloging well over 120 active anthropology blogs, a reader survey from 22-31 December 2011 asked for favorite anthropology blogs. Anthropology blog readers mentioned 99 different blogs as a favorite, demonstrating a wide and varied field. The top dozen:

Savage Minds


John Hawks Weblog: paleoanthropology, genetics and evolution

Somatosphere: Science, Medicine and Anthropology

Context and Variation: Human behavior, evolutionary medicine… and ladybusiness.

Powered by Osteons

Hominid Hunting

Bones Don’t Lie: News and comment on mortuary and bio-archaeology

Anthropology in Practice: Understanding the human experience

Zero Anthropology

Living Anthropologically

There were 75 valid votes out of approximately 150 total. I specified readers should name at least three blogs, and there were a number of people voting for only one, which led me to disqualify them as ballot-stuffing: it was important to include people who had a broader knowledge of anthropology blogs rather than simply people voting for one favorite.

I list a top dozen based on two counts–the first is by points, with 10 points for a first-place mention, 9 points for second, and so forth. However, I also considered by total mentions, as this seemed to indicate a broader readership, and so added two blogs to the list.

Savage Minds, Neuroanthropology, and John Hawks Weblog were clear #1, #2, and #3, by points and mentions. The middle tier of Somatosphere, Context and Variation and Powered by Osteons had both lots of points and broadly distributed mentions. Hominid Hunting and Bones Don’t Lie had more votes at the top but thinned out in total mentions. Anthropology in Practice,, Zero Anthropology, and Living Anthropologically had fewer top votes but broader mentions for people selecting more blogs.

Congratulations to the favorites, thank you for participating, and please use the comment form for feedback.

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  • Jon Marks
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like I need to spend more of my time writing things for publication.

    • Posted January 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jon,

      I love your publications and your blog. Looking at the list, it strikes me that most of the top ones have been blogging for several years, and in some cases many years. They are also all on Twitter, which can have a much greater amplification effect than Facebook.

      Hopefully will try this again at the end of 2012, as Greg Downey (on Facebook) has already commissioned it. Could be the year of Anthropomics.


  • Rob Gargett
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to the top-drawer blogs and bloggers! Great idea, Jason. Have a good year, everyone!

  • Songcatcher08
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    thanks for having included my blog even though it is mainly in Spanish. Thanks for your hard work at creating an anthro blog hub. Hope you keep blogging and providing such a wonderful collection of updates for a long time. All the best in 2012.


  • Posted February 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Was looking for interesting anthropology blogs and found this list, this is very helpful for me. Thanks for choosing the best resources.

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