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Please check out our new HRAF home page with lots of new and exciting features.  Use to follow HRAF news feed and learn more about HRAF’s online databases–eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology.  This blog will no longer post news about Human Relations Area Files.


Protohistoric Egypt Tradition in eHRAF Archaeology

Aztec Dog Burials in eHRAF Archaeology

How to search for “Aztec dog burials” in the Advanced Search of eHRAF Archaeology

Step 1. Find prehistoric culture(s) to match “Aztec”
Click Add Traditions>A-Z index>Aztec will find Early Anasazi and Central Mexico Postclassic

Step2. Find subject(s) for burials, mortuary, or funerary practices.
Click Add Subjects –use tabs to find “matching” subjects for your topic:
>A-Z Index (type the word “burial” in index box)
>Major Subjects>Health, Medicine, and Death >Death>Burial Practices and Funerals (OCM 764) or Special Burials and Funerals (OCM 766)
>OCM Code>760 range under “Death” (this is the quickest way to see the full list of all OCM subjects included in eHRAF Archaeology)

Step 3. Add Keywords
In addition to using the subjects for “burials” you can also use keywords. Truncate words at word stem and put spaces between words: burial* funerar* mortuar* tomb* grave* coffin*

Step 4. Add Clause
Click + in lower right hand side to add more subject and keyword terms

Step 5. Add Keywords
Because you are looking for “dog burials” you’ll need additional keyword variations. Truncate words at word stem and put spaces between words: dog* canis* canine*

Step 6. Boolean AND and OR-Very, very important to set them right!
AND to narrow search
OR to expand search
Search is at paragraph level so text environment is only a few sentences (very different than Google searching!)

eHRAF Search query expressed in culture names, OCM numbers and words:

Early Anasazi or Central Mexico Postclassic AND (((764 or 766) OR (burial* funerar* mortuar* tomb* grave* coffin**)) AND (dog* or canis* or canine*)).
Make sure to set Boolean to OR above the word variations! You can copy and paste the words from here into the search box in eHRAF Advanced Search at eHRAF Archaeology . Contact for current login.

Here is a screenshot of the Advanced Search in eHRAF Archaeology for the topic: Aztec dog burials(click “full-size” for better view)

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Clovis Archaeological Complex in eHRAF

The Inka of South America

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Stone Tools in Neolithic & Bronze Age Burials

Ethnonyms for Ona of South America