Anthropology is the scientific study of the human condition, an exploration of the biological, linguistic, social, material, and cultural aspects of life in the past, present, and future. Of the many disciplines that study our species, Homo sapiens, only anthropology seeks to understand the whole panorama—in geographic space and evolutionary time—of human existence. more...

  1. Shirley Harpham inducted into the University of Alberta Museums Hall of Fame

    Shirley Harpham served as the technologist for the Zooarchaelogy Reference Collection between 1985 and 2009 and has been working as the technologist for the Bryan/Gruhn Archaeology Collection since 1994. For nearly three decades, Shirley has demonstrated her passion and dedication to expanding and developing these invaluable teaching and reference resources...

  2. A Look at the 2014 Honours Anthropology Graduates

    Helen Vallianatos, Associate Chair Anthropology Undergraduate Program, highlights the research and achievements of the 2014 honours class.

  3. Applying Medical Anthropology to Everyday Life: Podcasts as Sources for Student Engagement

    Students in Anthropology 393: Health and Healing , taught at the University of Alberta, took on a fun assignment in the winter of 2014: listen to podcasts of the CBC radio program White Coat, Black Art, by Dr. Brian Goldman, then write an analytic essay. Their goal was to take take real-world, contemporary medical experiences or situations that they heard about in the radio episodes, analyse what was said in relation to the anthropological literature, and translate what they learned into an essay that critically reflected upon what they had heard.

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  1. Strathcona Archaeology Society

    April 17

    07:00 - 08:00 PM

    Nancy Saxberg (AMEC) Recent excavations on Rossdale flats

  2. Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project Workshops 2014

    May 05

    09:00 - 04:30 PM

    The Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project welcomes all to attend our research workshops being held May 5 - 7, 2014, at the University of Alberta. May 5, 6: Glacier Room, Lister Conference Centre, University of Alberta (87th Avenue and 116 Street) May 7: Alumni House, University of Alberta (11515 Saskatchewan Drive) Research Seminars & Roundtable Discussions: We will have scholars attending from Canada, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, United Kingdom and USA. Join our BHAP researchers as they present their most recent research results and participate in a series of discussion sessions on: the Bioarchaeology of Individual Life Histories, the Comparative Approach to Hunter-gatherer Culture Change, Spheres of Interaction in Northeast Asia during the Holocene, and the Challenges and Promises of Interdisciplinary and International Collaborative Research. Everyone welcome! More information: Please check back regularly for updates. We wish to thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the University of Alberta for their support.

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