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Clay-Eating (Geophagy) in the 19th Century

  Scientific American has recently published the podcast Let Them Eat Dirt  .  Here is a post I put up a while back, on dirt and geophagy. “Dirt is matter out-of-place.”  This quote, by the anthropologist Mary Douglas, points to the … Continue reading

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Abolishing Slave Trade by Enhancing Ivory Trade, 19th Century

Explorers and others who were concerned about the slave trade in the 19th Century thought that regularizing the trade in elephant ivory could help to curb the slave trade. By engaging locals and traders in ivory trade, the profits would … Continue reading

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Sir Burton Expounds on Coffee, Preserving Meat, and Local Bread in East Africa, 1860

During his  exploratory trip to Lake Tanganyika with John Henning Speke,Sir Richard Burton gathered information on local crops and diets – most of which was given by Arab and Swahili informants – not local inhabitants. While the data are interesting, … Continue reading

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