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Anthropology Department


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.








UW Anthropology Department Asks for Public’s Help in Mammoth Mystery

March 19, 2019 ‖ Everyone loves a good mystery, especially if it’s eventually solved. That’s where University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology Professor Todd Surovell needs help.

UW Professor Robert L. Kelly Receives Humboldt Research Award

March 19, 2019 ‖ 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

March 19, 2019 ‖ 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

March 19, 2019 ‖ 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.



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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307 766-5136


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