After putting up a post entitled Anthropology sucks, not two days later I find myself reading an article regarding interesting advancements in the field. I thought I might have to eat crow. Were anthropologists doing academic work after all, and shining a light on humanity? Were they doing, in other words, their so-called job?
As it turns out, no, they weren’t. However not every academic department is intellectually dead:
Now, a provocative new study suggests the fates of societies hinged on a subtler problem with these plants. And if it’s right, it could dramatically complicate the popular theory of the agriculture-driven dawn of civilization that has appeared in textbooks for generations.
The study, published last year by economists at the United Kingdom and Israel doing novel work on archaeological and anthropological evidence, attempts to explain a strange pattern in agricultural practices.
Emphasis mine. You really can’t make this stuff up. Of course it had to be someone from another field to question baseline anthropological assumptions, because once critical theory takes hold all mental activity ceases.