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Anthropology is the study of humans, and at the University of Oregon we accomplish this through the integration of three distinct yet complementary subfields – archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Our department is dedicated to better understanding human cultural and biological origins and diversity through education and research. The faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and to the advancement of knowledge through local, national, and international programs of research. As anthropologists, we are engaged in understanding recent and historical developments in the world at large, and we also seek to bring anthropological perspectives to bear on the problems of a modern global society. The department embraces a broad intellectual pluralism where different theoretical and methodological approaches are recognized and valued.


Jon Erlandson on the Oregon Coast

Dr. Erlandson published in the Journal of Geology

Dr. Jon Erlandson and an international team of scientists were published in the Journal of Geology. The study investigates marine, lake and terrestrial sediments on four continents to test the hypothesis that a major regional cooling period, known as the Younger Dryas, was triggered by a comet impact and a subsequent episode of intense, widespread burning of forests and other vegetation. Click here to read the article in the Journal of Geology or click here to read the feature in Around the O.

Kalapuya Cuisine: Harvesting and Cooking Camas

Saturday, February 24 at 3 pm

Downtown Eugene Public Library (100 W 10th Ave, Eugene)

Delve into Kalapuya food culture with University of Oregon archaeologist and MNCH curator of zooarchaeology Madonna Moss. As part of her new UO course, The Archaeology of Wild Foods and Pre-Neolithic Cooking, Professor Moss and graduate students harvested and dug camas at the Oregon Country Fairgrounds in June 2017.  Under the supervision of Marie Knight (Warm Springs) they baked the camas in an earth oven overnight at the UO Many Nations Longhouse. Come learn about the process of harvesting and baking

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Grad student Tobin Hansen published on The Conversation

Graduate student Tobin Hansen wrote an article titled “Deportees in Mexico tell of disrupted lives, families and communities” for The Conversation. Click to read the Around the O article about his research, or to read his article on The Conversation website.