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Anthropology is the study of the human species. It advances our collective understanding of who we are, where we came from, how we differ from one another, and what those differences mean.

Anthropology supports free inquiry about the human condition with scholarly rigor and sensitivity, and the dissemination and application of the resulting knowledge to local, national, and global communities. In the words of one of its founders, E. B. Tylor of Oxford University, anthropology is "a reformer's science."

The science of anthropology is rooted in core values of mutual respect, equal rights, freedom of expression, and freedom from discrimination. As another of its early practitioners, Ruth Benedict of Columbia University, wrote, "The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human difference." Read more >>

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Faculty member publishes new book!

Dr. Berman publishes a book on language and childhood
   April 1, 2019

 

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Faculty member quoted in article about child sacrifice

Dr. Juengst comments on "unprecedented" mass graves of child sacrifices in Ancient Peru
   March 7, 2019

A recently published article reports the findings of a mass child sacrifice in ancient Peru. Our own Dr. Sara Juengst is quoted in a summary of the findings (click here for link to the Nova summary article) in which she recognizes the importance of the find. Dr. Juengst...

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Faculty member co-authors article on beer in ancient times

Dr. Juengst write about beer in Andes archaeology
   March 1, 2019

In this article (click here for link to article), Dr. Juengst and her co-author Celeste Gagnon investigate how bones can show if a person drank beer during their lifetime. This is particularly useful for studying peoples of the Andes, where beer was made from corn and was central to ritual celebrations and...

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