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. Dennis Jenkins,
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...
A paper co-authored by graduate student Matt Napolitano, entitled “Early metal use and crematory practices in the American Southeast,” was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Click here to read the article. Congratulations, Matt!