The Department of Anthropology is committed to a comparative and holistic approach to the study of the human experience. The anthropological perspective provides a broad understanding of the origins as well as the meaning of physical and cultural diversity in the world - past, present, and future. As such, the program in anthropology offers the opportunity for understanding world affairs and problems within the total context of the human experience and for constructing solutions to world problems which are firmly grounded in that context. Cultural anthropologists study people and their cultural practices and beliefs both within and outside of the United States as well as the topics of identity, power, inequality, and social praxis. Archaeologists study the material culture of past peoples in order to reconstruct their cultures, traditions, and practices in order to understand both what came before and how this may help us understand the present. Biological anthropologists study primate evolution and behavioral ecology, human biological variation, biocultural adaptations, bioarchaeology, and human paleontology. Together, we strive to understand both past and present variation in human societies. [ Why study anthropology? ]

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Evie Giaconia, Anthropology Major and Chancellor's Scholar, highlighted for research

Honors senior anthropology major and Chancellor’s Scholar Evie Giaconia spent this past summer in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest conducting ethnog...

Dr. Susan Keefe and Dr. Tom Whyte help Junaluska Heritage Association commemorate Historic Black Cemetery

On October 2, 2017,  a celebration took place to unveil a new monument marking the historic black cemetery off of Howard Street in Boone. It capp...

Anthropology Major Autumn Melby featured in CAS Newsletter

Autumn Melby is featured in the Fall 2017 College of Arts & Sciences NewsletterNames of scholarships currently receiving:Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memori...

Humanities Council Symposium, "Sustaining Democracy"

The Department of Anthropology is helping to co-sponsor this year's Humanities Council Symposium, "Sustaining Democracy: Existence, Persistance, Resis...

Dr. Alice P. Wright named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine

Dr. Alice P. Wright has been named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine. Dr. Wright is an anthropological archaeologist broa...

Dr. Timothy J. Smith named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine

Dr. Timothy J. Smith has been named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine. His areas of research and teaching cover development, i...

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