Anthropology is engagement with human differences from the perspective of lived experience, past, present and future.
Our department offers courses based on six major research themes that cross-cut the subdisciplines in Anthropology:
Our faculty's research interests cover a wide range of topics, including the study of ancient DNA, health development among Canadian First Nations, resource management and land claims, production and use of raw materials in the past, health and diet in antiquity, and childhood nutrition in Canada.
To see descriptions of our sub-disciplines and our faculty members, click on the following links:
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Anthropology in the News
Marketing research company ReD Associates using Anthropologists' skills in their business strategies Anthropology Inc. The Atlantic.
Aubrey Cannon interviewed by the Globe and Mail about the McMaster Sustainable Archaeology Centre in Hamilton (Feb, 2013) The Globe and Mail.
Hendrik Poinar interviewed by Jian Ghomeshi about his aDNA research on the Black Death (Feb, 2013). McMaster Daily News
Diet shaped dog domestication (Jan, 2013) Science.
Department News and Notes
|April 2013 -
Congratulations to the following Anthropology students for receiving 2013 USRA (Undergraduate Student Research Awards) for their summer projects:
Danielle Thrasher: Japanese National School Lunch Program - A Lesson for Canada
Sean Doyle: Implementing GIS in Archaeological Survey: Defining Lithic Tool Production Areas
Murray Clayton: Divisions of Labour in Imperial Rome: Investigation of Cortical Bone Loss through Paleopathological Analysis
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January 2013 - The 2013 Annual Conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society/Société canadienne anthropologie will be held from May 8-11, 2013, on the beautiful campus of the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C. Click here for more information:
November 2012 -
Congratulations to the following Anthropology undergraduate students for receiving 2012 University Awards:
Owen Phillips - Brian Blakey Memorial Scholarship
Taryn Turik - Edwin Marwin Dalley Memorial Scholarship
Marissa Ledger, Preeti Nayak, Julilla Paul, and Owen Phillips - Dr. Harry Lyman Hooker Scholarships
Donna Dolbear and Helen Varga - William J. McCallion Scholarships
Samantha Lawrence-Nametka - Richard Slobodin Prize
Rachel Alfano - University Achievement Award
Emily Lamond, Kristen Rasila, Courtney Rosebush, Dale Sellers, and Emily Sumpter - University (Senate) Scholarships
Emily Lamond - Varey Scholarship
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