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Dr. Tom Whyte and students highlighted in Appalachian magazine for archaeological research
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 5:16pm

Carefully digging, scraping and sifting. It's how archeologists seek clues into human history. Students at Appalachian State University learn these skills—and find cool artifacts—in a field archeology course each summer. In an Ashe County cow pasture this past summer, students led by Dr. Tom Whyte examined the earth for traces left behind by early Native Americans.

Experimental Archaeology class highlighted in Appalachian Magazine
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 10:54am

If you’re a student in Dr. Tom Whyte’s archaeology class, prepare to get your hands dirty. Cooked roadkill, flint-chipping kind of dirty.

Dr. Alice P. Wright recognized as top young scholar and leader of interdisciplinary research team
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 2:11pm

Dr. Alice P. Wright was presented the C.B. Moore Award for “Excellence in Southeastern Archaeology or associated studies by a younger scholar” at the October 2016 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference.

Dr. Timothy J. Smith and students highlighted in Appalachian magazine for Ecuadorian research
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 11:57am

This past summer, 16 students from Appalachian State University traveled to Ecuador to study indigenous activism and language in the Upper Amazon for three weeks. They came away with a greater appreciation of the impact of oil in the Amazon and its affect on the lives of the indigenous people.

Dr. Timothy J. Smith, helping sustain and revitalize Guatemala’s indigenous culture
Friday, February 21, 2014 - 8:35am

Dr. Timothy J. Smith has developed a special relationship during the past 17 years with the predominantly indigenous town of Sololá, Guatemala.



Dr. Gregory Reck and Dr. Dinesh Paudel receive Board of Trustees grant for research on post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 9:27am

Appalachian State University has awarded Dr. Gregory Reck of the Department of Anthropology and Dr. Dinesh Paudel of the Department of Sustainable Development with the Board of Trustees International Research Grant for their forthcoming work in Nepal.

Dr. Julie Lesnik discusses research on human evolution and edible insects
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:22am
Julie Lesnik, assistant professor in anthropology at Wayne State University discussed the nutritional value of bugs and connection with human evolution in her talk on March 21.
Ethnography Lab hosts viewing of new film
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 3:54pm

Appalachian State’s anthropology department’s ethnography lab premiered a rough cut of their new film, “At the Foot of the Beast,” on March 1. The ethnography lab presented the film and held an open discussion in order to premiere the lab’s first project and introduce the concept of an ethnography to the audience.

Anthropology Alumnus Christopher Moore (B.S. '97) publishes article in Nature
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 11:58am

Anthropology Alumnus Christopher Moore (B.S. '97) publishes article in Nature on platinum anomaly in North American sedimentary sequences

Dr. Susan Lappan awarded Fulbright grant for primate research in Southeast Asia
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 11:44am

Dr. Susan Lappan of the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University received a Fulbright award for her forthcoming research on primate ecology in peninsular Malaysia, entitled “Conservation of the Malaysian Siamang in a Changing World.”

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Alumni spotlights

Christopher R. Moore, Archaeologist at the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (SRARP)

After completing the Ph.D. program at ECU, Chris was hired by the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (SRARP) as a research archaeologist and public outreach coordinator.  In his position with the SRARP, Chris splits his time conducing educational outreach and research activities and has worked to integrate outreach with research and publication by training local volunteers to assist in fieldwork and lab analysis.

Sarah Perry is executive producer and researcher for a new documentary about Colombian peace process

In 2015, alumna Sarah Perry (2014) moved to Colombia to work with Heart for Change, Volunteers Colombia, and the Colombian Ministry of Education. She now is the executive producer and researcher for a documentary about historical memory and the Colombian peace process.

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Faculty spotlights

Dr. Timothy J. Smith, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Timothy J. Smith has developed a special relationship during the past 20 years with the predominantly indigenous town of Sololá, Guatemala.

Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Gwen Robbins Schug is a bioarchaeologist interested in paleopathology, paleodemography, long bone ontogeny, bone histology, and South Asian prehistory.

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