Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Dr. Sharyn Jones’ New Book Released: 

“The Domesticated Penis: How Womanhood Shaped Manhood”

"The Domesticated Penis is a study of the anatomical
distinctiveness of the genitals of the human male and diverse cultural
attitudes toward them and their symbolism. This is scholarship at its
liveliest: a colorful, knowledgeable romp through history and across
cultures and species, to explore how the penis we know and (mostly) love
 today developed its characteristic shape, size, physiology, and
behavior. The core argument is evolutionary: ancient women knew what
they wanted, and what they wanted was smooth, substantial, long-lasting
penetration. Male anatomy evolved to match female desire."


  -Beth A. Conklin, author of Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in
an Amazonian Society

Sharyn Jones' Research:

Dr. Sharyn Jones:

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

NSF REU Fiji Fellows Participate in Public Outreach and Education at the Baker Hunt Arts and Cultural Center

This August NSF REU Fiji Fellows went to the Baker Hunt Arts Cultural Center to help educate those interested in their research in Fiji.

The people of the islands of Fiji depend on the ocean for their everyday needs. This summer 6 students from Northern Kentucky University lived in the small village of Nasinu, located in Natewa Bay on the island of Vanua Levu. They sought  to understand the way Fijians use the Bay's reef systems. The students conducted ethnography, the study of another culture through direct participation and observation. Through a series of interviews, participation in daily activities, and the observation of daily village life, the team learned about the use of the ocean and how this has been affected by an increased reliance on fishing over a series of decades. Meet with the team and learn about a Fijian way of life from interactive stations about traditional ecological knowledge.

Learn more about the NSF REU Fiji project at:
The Baker Arts and Cultural Center website:

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Nautilus Publishes a Story on NSF REU Fiji Research

The Nautilus published a story recently, by author Meehan Cristi, about the NSF REU Fiji Research Program conducted by Jones, NKU students, and a conservation biologist from Columbia University (NY), Dr. Josh Drew.

The author of this article, Meehan Cristi, visited the remote site with Dr. Josh Drew in the summer of 2014.  She interview Sharyn Jones and her NKU student about the ecological impact on marine life by the local Fijians who use rely on it regularly for sustenance.

Jones on Vanua Levu

To access the full article, please follow the link below:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Parker Academy Featured Live on NPR

On Monday June 8th, NKU Professors' Sharyn Jones, Brian Hackett, and Bill Landon were interviewed live by WVXU/NPR correspondent, Mark Heyne, about their involvement in the ongoing Parker Academy Project.

NKU students digging at The Parker Academy Site

Hound dog button artifact found at the site

*To listen to the live interview, click on the link provided below:

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NPR (WVXU) story on archaeology at the Parker Academy

Bill Rinehart of WVXU wrote a story on the archaeology at the Parker Academy in New Richmond, OH. NKU students and faculty are featured.

This work has also been featured on US News & World Report and the Cincinnati Enquirer. NKU posted a press release and information on this project in early May.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Parker Academy Project Featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer

In this week's Cincinnati Enquirer the faculty, staff, and students working on the Parker Academy Project were photographed and interviewed about their involvement and work on this historical site.

This site is important, not only in the tri-state area, but also nationally due to its involvement in the Underground Railroad and for being a pioneer school in racial and gender integration.

Many of the students and faculty involved are currently excavating the site, which is located on private land in New Richmond, OH, in hopes of uncovering pieces of the past that will help add some insight about the students and staff who lived and studied here during the 1800's.

*To view the entire Cincinnati Enquirer article, please follow the link below:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NSF REU Fellow, Stephanie Zach's display of Fijian Cultural Items

2014 NSF REU fellow Stephanie Zach created three showcases displaying cultural artifacts used in everyday Fijian life.  These items are encased on the 2nd floor of the Landrum Academic Center at NKU.

**Kava (yaqona) root is a mild narcotic that is drunk by Fijians to celebrate, perform ceremonies, and/or to facilitate social gatherings.
Items above: Kava root (left), kava bowl (center), kava bowl used by priests (right).

**Meke is a traditional style of dance and music performed by Fijians on various occasions to tell ancestral stories and histories, legends, and the spirit of the islands.

Items used during meke ceremonies: palm frond fan and noise makers made out of seed pods.
**Masi (or bark cloth) is made from the pulp of the mulberry tree, decorated, and worn during important ceremonies like weddings, funerals, and the birth of babies.

This piece of masi was created by the Lau group and is part of a traditional wedding costume (this is be worn by both the bride and groom).

Friday, February 20, 2015

February 19th is National Anthropology Day!!!

Why celebrate National Anthropology Day on February 19th you ask?!  As it so happens, February 19th coincides with several significant anthropological events such as: the publishing of the first HAU journal, the death of Franz Boas, and the release of the first edition of Russell Bernard's Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology.

As anthropologists, we have one of the most exciting jobs on the planet!  Of course, we may be a little biased, but taking into consideration all that we get to do, how could we not be! As anthropologists we get to travel the world researching all different types of cultures, we get to dig in the dirt and "find" all kinds of old things, we get to do lab work, analyze the "old things" we find, AND we get to publish these results!  And if you thought all of those things weren't enough, we also get to attend conferences both nationally and internationally to learn about MORE research and meet new people in the field!

In addition to all of these really cool job characteristics, anthropology jobs can range from consulting at Fortune 500 companies (i.e. Procter & Gamble) to excavating as an archaeologist, to working as a curator in a museum, to teaching, all the way to working on as a crime scene investigator!

If you're STILL not convinced about how cool it is to be an anthropologist then check out the video below to actually see what field work as an archaeologist looks like! (copy and paste this link into your web browser)

**Videos and photos courtesy of Helena Gaar