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Department of Anthropology

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Welcome

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming is known throughout the state of Wyoming and the region for its leadership in research and public education about our unique archaeological heritage. The department is achieving national and international recognition for its research programs.

In addition to the commitment to Wyoming-based research, Anthropology faculty offer UW international expertise in areas such as the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, Native America and more, constituting a center of multicultural global research at UW.

Anthropology Degrees:

  • Undergraduate B.A., including basic coverage of archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and biological anthropology.
  • Graduate M.A., including basic coverage of archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and biological anthropology.
  • Graduate Ph.D., focusing on Paleoindian, plains, and hunter-gatherer archaeology.
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Natural History Research Experiences

Ashley Dafoe and Dayln Grindle were Interns with the Smithsonian in the summer of 2016.  The Natural History Research Experiences (NHRE) is a 10-week summer internship program hosted at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. (May 31 – August 5, 2016). NHRE interns work closely with scientific mentors to complete independent research projects in Earth science, Biology, and Anthropology.        

News

UW Professor Robert L. Kelly Receives Humboldt Research Award

UW Professor Robert L. Kelly Receives Humboldt Research Award

September 11, 2017 — Robert L. Kelly, a University of Wyoming professor of anthropology, recognized internationally as a leading researcher in anthropology, has been selected to receive an Alexander von Humboldt Research Foundation Award.

UW Student Goes from Tiny Wyoming Town to Harvard Grad Studies

UW Student Goes from Tiny Wyoming Town to Harvard Grad Studies

April 27, 2017 — When Dalyn Grindle was deciding on a career, she was encouraged to go into a professional track, such as becoming a teacher or a nurse, because those are solid, always-in-demand employment opportunities for Wyoming students. But, she woke up one day and decided she wanted to be an archaeologist and see the world -- which, in a sense, was terrifying to her.

UW Scientist Explores Archaeological Record by Studying Mongolian Reindeer Herder Camps

UW Scientist Explores Archaeological Record by Studying Mongolian Reindeer Herder Camps

April 14, 2017 — For years, Todd Surovell has studied an ancient Paleoindian site in Colorado and wondered why he would find concentrations of tools in one spot or a particular type of tool in another. He had to go to Mongolia to find the answers.

Contextualizing Violence Past and Present is Topic of Mulloy Lecture at UW

Contextualizing Violence Past and Present is Topic of Mulloy Lecture at UW

April 6, 2017 — A professor whose research into the areas of nonlethal violence and inequality, gender differences and disease, and the bioarchaeology of human experience with a focus on groups living in marginalized and challenging environments is the University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology’s 21st annual Mulloy Lecture speaker Thursday, April 27.

Research Sheds New Light on High-Altitude Settlement in Tibet

Research Sheds New Light on High-Altitude Settlement in Tibet

January 5, 2017 — Humans likely established permanent settlements on the high-altitude Tibetan Plateau between 13,000-7,400 years ago, according to new research published today in the journal Science.

UW Professor’s Book Unearths Past to Predict Future

UW Professor’s Book Unearths Past to Predict Future

November 7, 2016 — A University of Wyoming professor explains how the study of our cultural past can predict the future of humanity in his recently published book.

Cheyenne Student Named UW’s Outstanding Graduating Woman

Cheyenne Student Named UW’s Outstanding Graduating Woman

April 29, 2016 — Kimberly Sanchez, of Cheyenne, who graduated with dual majors in anthropology and Russian, and a minor in the Honors Program, is the recipient of the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award as the University of Wyoming's outstanding graduating woman.

UW Research: Same Growth Rate for Farming, Non-Farming Prehistoric People

UW Research: Same Growth Rate for Farming, Non-Farming Prehistoric People

December 21, 2015 — Prehistoric human populations of hunter-gatherers in the region that is now Wyoming and Colorado grew at the same rate as farming societies in Europe, according to a new radiocarbon analysis involving University of Wyoming researchers.

UW Research Backs Human Role in Extinction of Mammoths, Other Mammals

UW Research Backs Human Role in Extinction of Mammoths, Other Mammals

October 26, 2015 — Radiocarbon analysis of the decline and extinction of large mammals in the Americas supports the idea that hunting by humans led to the animals’ demise -- and backs the generally accepted understanding of when humans arrived in, and how they colonized, the Western Hemisphere.


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Field School Opportunities

The UW Anthropology Department offers rigorous and unique Field School opportunities in multiple countries.

Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Frison Institute enhances and promotes anthropology's research and educational programs.

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