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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.


Dr. Alison Carter lands spot on the Top 10 Earthwatch Projects for 2018

9. Unearthing the Ancient Secrets of Angkor in Cambodia

The Angkorian Empire was home to the world’s largest pre-industrial city, but a series of droughts and monsoon-floods pushed the city’s intricate water management network beyond its limits. However, the region was never completely abandoned. By studying the everyday lives of the “non-elites,” volunteers are assisting researchers in increasing their scientific knowledge regarding these environmental changes and the strategies that individuals, households, and communities used to maintain their resiliency.

“Do you enjoy being

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Anthropology Colloquia Series: Dr. Bharat Venkat

“The Incurables: A History of Tuberculosis in India (In Three Parts)”

Dr. Bharat Venkat,University of Oregon

Monday, January 28th| 12:00pm in Condon Hall 204

Bharat Jayram Venkat teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. In general, he writes about science & medicine in South Asia, on such topics as how HIV-positive patients feel that they must choose between family & therapy, the strange return of the sanatorium in the age of antibiotics, extreme drug resistance, and the first randomized controlled trial in India. More recently, he’s been

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Robert DiNapoli sited Around the O

Doctoral student, Robert DiNapoli’s work was sited at the University of Oregon’s Around the O for his research: Study suggests fresh water was key to Easter Islands monuments:

Take a moment to read his paper: Link to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) monument (ahu) locations explained by freshwater sources

Congratulations Beau!