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Department of Anthropology|University of Wyoming

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Anthropology Department
12th and Lewis Street
Dept 3431
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307 766-5136
Fax: 307 766-2473
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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 physical anthropology.
  • Graduate M.A., including basic coverage of archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and physical anthropology.
  • Graduate Ph.D., focusing on Paleoindian, plains, and hunter-gatherer archaeology.
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Knowing the land.  A Laramie Boomerang article in which George Frison reflects on his career.

Rancher Archaeologist - Wyoming PBS


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National Publication Cites UW Anthropology Program for Attracting College Majors

October 13, 2014 — Business Insider lists anthropology/archeology as Wyoming’s leader in an article titled “Here’s the College Major That Defines Each State.” The publication explains that anthropology/archaeology is disproportionately represented as a college major in Wyoming in comparison to other states.

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UW’s Harkin Leads National Ethnohistory Society

October 6, 2014 — Michael Harkin, University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology professor, this week begins his tenure as president of the American Society for Ethnohistory.

UW’s Top First-year Course Instructors Honored

March 31, 2014 — The University of Wyoming has presented PIE (Promoting Intellectual Engagement) Awards to instructors who inspire excitement, inquiry and autonomy in first-year courses.

Smithsonian Anthropologist Owsley to Discuss Jamestown Cannibalism

March 27, 2014 — Research indicating that Virginia’s Jamestown colonists resorted to cannibalism to survive the harsh winter of 1609 will be discussed by Smithsonian forensic anthropologist Douglas Owsley Friday, April 4, at 4 p.m. at the University of Wyoming College of Education auditorium.

UW Professor’s Book Nominated for ForeWord Reviews' Science Book of the Year

March 25, 2014 — A University of Wyoming professor’s book has been named a finalist in the science category for ForeWord Reviews’ 2013 Book of the Year Award.

UW Anthropologist Kelly Gives Prestigious Lecture at National Meeting

December 16, 2013 — University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology Professor Robert Kelly was selected to present the Patty Jo Watson Distinguished Lecture at the recent American Anthropological Association (AAA) conference in Chicago.

History Channel Taps UW Professor for ‘Big History’ Series

November 13, 2013 — Nicole Waguespack has been involved in some big projects, but this one might be the biggest. As in Bill Gates big. As in “Big History” big.

Researchers Study Beetle-Killed Trees as a Sustainable Biofuel

November 6, 2013 — Millions of acres of beetle-killed trees in the Rocky Mountains could possibly be developed into an innovative industry that uses existing technology to convert biomass into high-grade gasoline, according to University of Wyoming members of a multistate research consortium known as the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR). It will study the major challenges limiting the production of biofuel using insect-killed trees in the Rocky Mountains.

Activities of Early Man Topic of UW Lecture

September 18, 2013 — A noted archeologist will explain new evidence about the activities of prehistoric men in North America during a talk at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture auditorium.

Interior Department Recognizes UW’s Kelly

February 18, 2013 — University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology Professor Robert Kelly received the Secretary of Interior’s Partnerships in Conservation Award for a project that uses ice patch archaeology and paleobiology to track climate change.

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