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 The UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) has awarded fellowships to four Anthropology students: James Davenport (Archaeology), Asia Alsgaard (Archaeology), Milena Carvalo (Archaeology) and Zsofia Szoke (Ethnology).

Anthropology News and Events

The UNM Department of Anthropology provides regular updates on news and events in the department.  You can access news items and event notifications, both current and past on our website.

Archaeology graduate students Lindsay Shepard, Lexi O'Donnell and Genevieve Woodhead encounter a "small site" during survey at Chaco Canyon

Archaeology graduate students Lindsay Shepard, Lexi O'Donnell and Genevieve Woodhead encounter a "small site" during survey at Chaco Canyon while conducting research with Dr. W.H. Wills, through a National Science Foundation grant.

Angelyn Bass, Anthropology Research Faculty, wins 2018 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Award for Archaeological Site Conservation Projects

Angelyn Bass, Research Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UNM, and her project colleagues, Douglas Porter (School of Engineering, University of Vermont) and Larry Nordby (Archaeologist), have been selected to receive a 2018 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award for their work on National Park Service archaeological site conservation projects at Montezuma Castle and Casa Grande Ruins National Monuments. 

Students Take a Field Trip to Jemez during the 2018 UNM Southwestern Archaeology FIeld School

The UNM Department of Anthropology is now accepting applications for the 2019 UNM Southwestern Archaeology Field School session, which will take place in Placitas, New Mexico on the historic Diamond Tail Ranch. 

Dr. Heather Edgar, forensic anthropologist at The University of New Mexico Office of Medical Investigator (OMI) and associate professor of anthropology, is currently converting a dataset of whole body decedent CT scans into a searchable database that will be available to researchers.

Dr. Patricia Crown to receive prestigious AV Kidder Award from the American Anthropological Association

Dr. Patricia Crown received the prestigious AV Kidder Award from the American Anthropological Association. Established in 1950, the Alfred Vincent Kidder Award for Eminence in the Field of American Archaeology was initially given every three years to an outstanding archaeologist specializing in the archaeology of the Americas. The award has been given alternately to specialists in Mesoamerican archaeology and the archaeology of the Southwestern region — areas that were both central to the pioneering and exemplary work of A. V. Kidder.

Linking Early Holocene Human DNA in Belize to Earliest Populations in North and South America

Professor Keith Prufer contributed to a large international collaboration linking Early Holocene human DNA in Belize to earliest populations in North and South America. Since 2014 Dr. Prufer has been conducting excavations in remote rocksheters in the Bladen Nature Reserve in Belize seeking clues about the first humans to live in the American tropics.  The article Reconstructing the Deep Population History of Central and South America was Published Nov. 8th 2018 in the journal Cell.

Doctoral student Holly Brause delves into water politics affecting our state’s most beloved crop

Doctoral student Holly Brause delves into water politics affecting our state’s most beloved crop. “This project examines the everyday politics of agricultural water use in the context of an uncertain future.”

Dr Les Field Chair of UNM Anthropology gets NSF

Les Field, Ph.D., professor and chair in the The University of New Mexico's Department of Anthropology, has been awarded an EAGER (Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research) from the National Science Foundation, to begin a project entitled “Accelerating Anthropogenic Climate Change and Contemporary Agriculture in Southern Greenland.”

Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship for the Study of Archaeology

Congratulations to Heather Hendrickson (left), Miranda LaZar (middle) and Jamie Stevens (above, with daughter Chloe Stevens), 2018 recipients of the Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship for the Study of Archaeology from the Society for American Archaeology!  The scholarship provides funding for undergraduate education in archaeology.

UNM Anthropology Department researchers Victoria Monagle, Cyler Conrad, and Emily Lena Jones, set out to answer the question, “What Makes a Dog?”

UNM Anthropology Department researchers Victoria Monagle, Cyler Conrad, and Emily Lena Jones, set out to answer the question, “What Makes a Dog?”

Dr. Martin Muller has just published a new edited book with Harvard University Press. Chimpanzees and Human Evolution systematically compares us with our closest living relatives, attempting to account for the evolution of both similarities and differences.

Dr. Martin Muller has just published a new edited book with Harvard University Press. Chimpanzees and Human Evolution systematically compares us with our closest living relatives, attempting to account for the evolution of both similarities and differences.

Smith Family Totem Pole (Tlowitsis Nation)

Smith Family Totem Pole (Tlowitsis Nation) at UNM:Towards Stewardship and Collaboration in the 21st Century Read more about it! UNM Anthropology Newsletter or UNM News

UNM Anthropology

UNM Anthropology is a highly regarded program at both graduate and undergraduate levels of study. Located in the American Southwest, the school is well placed to take advantage of the region’s cultural diversity, deep historic roots, and remarkable archaeology. The Department’s faculty work here, throughout the Americas and in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of field training and laboratory programs, develop their professional skills, and contribute to Anthropology’s distinctive perspective.

JOB POSTINGS

The UNM Department of Anthropology invites applications for a probationary tenure-track faculty position in Evolutionary Anthropology at the level of Assistant Professor to work in a highly diverse and inclusive university. We seek a dynamic scholar whose research complements scholarship in a new interdisciplinary sciences initiative blending field, laboratory, and experimental approaches while providing novel training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. For more information, click here

The UNM Department of Anthropology invites applications for a probationary tenure-track faculty position in linguistic anthropology of the Americas in the Ethnology subfield, at the level of Assistant Professor to work in a highly diverse and inclusive university.  We seek a scholar who will complement a three-subfield department (including archaeology and evolutionary anthropology) with national recognition for scholarship and graduate fieldwork training. For more information, click here

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