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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 comments in Science Magazine

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Were humans in the Americas 100,000 years earlier than scientists thought?

By Lizzie Wade Apr. 26, 2017 , 1:00 PM

What broke the 130,000-year-old mastodon bones in California? Most archaeologists would tell you it couldn’t have been humans, who didn’t leave conclusive evidence of their presence in the Americas until about 14,000 years ago. But a small group of experts now says that the fracture patterns on the bones, found during highway construction near San Diego, California, must have been left by humans pounding them with stones found nearby. If correct, the paper,


Carol Silverman speaking at Oregon Humanities Center on Friday June 2, 2017

Dr. Carol Silverman will be giving an Oregon Humanities Center Work in Progress lecture on Friday June 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm in 159 PLC. The talk is entitled, “Global Gypsy: Appropriation, Hybridity and Race.”

Chris Harrington awarded Global Oregon Research Funds

Chris Harrington was awarded Global Oregon International Research Funds for his proposal entitled, “Fermented cassava beverage (chicha) production as a cultural countermeasure.” The $2000 award will be used for his summer/fall field research with the Shuar of Ecuador. Congrats Chris!