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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. Michelle Scalise Sugiyama published in UK Daily Mail & PsyPost

Study of hunter-gatherers suggests team-based play fighting builds up the skills used in lethal raiding: UK Daily Mail & PsyPost


Dr. Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

History Pub talk: “Old Poop and the Peopling of the Americas”

Dr. Dennis Jenkins,

Senior Research Archaeologist, UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Monday, September 24. Doors at 6:00 pm, talk at 7:00 pm. WOW Hall, 291 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401.

Dr. Dennis Jenkins is a senior research archaeologist for the UO’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History. His research has focused on the first colonization of the Americas and it is his Paisley Caves Archaeological Research Project in Central Oregon which recovered the oldest indicator of human occupation in North America, 14,000 year old poop (coprolites)! He will speak on this discovery and its