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Department of Anthropology|University of Wyoming


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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Knowing the land.  A Laramie Boomerang article in which George Frison reflects on his career.

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Wyoming PBS


Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Natural History Research Experiences

Ashley Dafoe and Dayln Grindle are Interns with the Smithsonian this summer.  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.        


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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.

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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.

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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.

UW Department of Anthropology Hosts Fall Seminar Series

October 23, 2015 — The University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology will host a seminar series throughout the remainder of the fall semester.

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UW Anthropologist to Appear in New PBS Series

May 26, 2015 — A University of Wyoming anthropology professor was interviewed for a segment of the five-part documentary, the “First Peoples,” scheduled to have its premiere Wednesday, June 24, on PBS television.

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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.

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.

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

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