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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.

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

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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.  For more information click here

Meng Zhang receives funding from the Board of Directors of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for his proposal entitled: 東北亞舊石器時代細石葉社會的變遷:史前中國與她的鄰居 (Explaining Variation and Change among Ice Age Microblade-based Societies in Northeastern Asia: Prehistoric China and her Neighbors)

Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship for the Study of Archaeology

Congratulations to Miranda LaZar(far left), Heather Hendrickson (left) 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.

Dr. Frances Hayashida has received a Fulbright Scholars Award for Chile for fall 2018.  She will teach in the graduate program of the Dept. of Anthropology at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago and collaborate with Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica del Norte (San Pedro de Atacama) colleagues in an ongoing study of water management and land use in the high-altitude Atacama Desert of northern Chile.

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

The University of New Mexico celebrates it's 90th Anniversary this year.  Below is a timeline of selected events since the inception of the department in 1928:

1928     

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology is founded at UNM by President James Zimmerman, and Dr. Edgar Lee Hewett,  Director of the Museum of New

Mexico, the School of American Research in Santa Fe, and the San Diego Museum of Man is appointed the first Department Chair;

Three courses were offered: General Anthropology, American Archaeology, and Social Anthropology;              

The Department is located on the second story of Hodgin Hall.

1932     

The Department awards its first three BA degrees;

The Anthropology Museum is established at UNM, and is the first public museum in Albuquerque; located in Rodey Hall (located on north side of Hodgin Hall).

1935     

Archaeological Field Schools held at Chaco Canyon and the Jemez Mountains;

Dr. Florence Hawley Ellis, one of the first female professors of Anthropology in the US, is hired as Assistant Professor;

Department offices located in Scholes Hall (then known as the Administration-Laboratory Building);

Anthropology Museum ethnology and archaeology exhibits in hallway/collections in basement;

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology is renamed the Anthropology Department.

1937     

The UNM Department of Anthropology begins admitting PhD students;

The New Mexico Anthropologist semi-monthly publication is established and printed until 1942.

1940

The Department participates in the Congress of American Archaeology and History, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Adolph F. Bandelier and in connection with the Coronado Cuarto Centennial Celebration

1941 

Frank Hibben removes Smith Family totem pole from the Tlowitsis village of Kalugwis and sends it back to UNM, where it stands in front of Scholes Hall

1945

The Southwestern Journal of Anthropology established, edited by Dr. Leslie Spier

1948

The Department awards its first PhD to John Adair for his study of returning World War II veterans at Zuni Pueblo

1954     

Dr. Leslie Spier presents the first UNM Annual Research Lecture (Other Department of Anthropology awardees were Lewis Binford, Stanley Newman, Louise Lamphere, Lawrence Straus and Jane Buiskstra)  

1961     

Department offices moved to former Student Union Building and space is set up for artifact collections and displays; classes taught in former ballroom could seat up to 600 students.

1962     

Dr. J.J. Brody appointed curator of exhibits, the first museum professional at UNM;

Brody worked to receive funding from Dorothy and Gilbert Maxwell to formalize the anthropology museum;

The Anthropology museum starts receiving visitors in the new annex area.

1963     

Anthropology Museum Annex completed in former Student Union Building

1966     

James Spuhler awarded the first UNM Distinguished Professor of Anthropology;

The department library renamed the Clark Field Library and Archive. (Clark Field, a collector of Native American art, was Dorothy Field Maxwell’s father).

1967     

The Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of Anthropology chair is established and granted to Dr. James Spuhler, and internationally renowned Physical Anthropologist

1968     

The Anthropology museum establishes a formal docent program with the aid of the College of Education

1970     

The National Parks Service (NPS) and UNM sign an agreement for 10-20 year collaboration on the Chaco Canyon Project

1971     

The Physical Anthropology Laboratory established in the Anthropology Museum for research and teaching using human skeletal collections;

The UNM-NPS Chaco Center established in collaboration between the National Parks Service and UNM, directed by Dr. Robert Lister.

1972     

Renovation and expansion of the Anthropology Museum completed including a volunteer program running a small gift shop, and reopened as the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology through donations from Dorothy and Gilbert Maxwell, Ed Kennedy, Ethel-Jane Bunting, and matching funds from the National Science Foundation and the State of New Mexico (Dorothy Maxwell was a UNM alumna);

Smith Family Totem Pole is moved to Maxwell Museum courtyard;

The Chaco Canyon NPS/UNM project moves into the second floor of the Anthropology building.

1973     

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology receives its first accreditation from the American Association of Museums;

The Department establishes the Graduate and Undergraduate Committees;

The Department establishes the Undergraduate Honors Program;

The Southwestern Journal of Anthropology renamed the Journal of Anthropological Research.

1974     

The Maxwell Museum Osteological Laboratory, directed by Dr. Stan Rhine, enters into agreement with the State Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) to serve as the official forensic science consulting agency and to act as repository for remains from forensic cases

1975     

The Office of Contract Archaeology (OCA) established, directed by Frank Broilo;

The UNM Board of Archaeologists was created, comprised of department faculty and established to provide guidance to OCA;

The Maxwell Museum Association is created;

Department is organized into four subfields:  Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Ethnology and Linguistic Anthropology;

Byron Harvey III donates funds to establish the Harvey Lecture Series, which continued until 1983.

1978     

The Department is given the former State Health Laboratory (now Anthropology Annex) for archaeology faculty research/teaching lab space, the Office of Contract Archaeology, the Mimbres Foundation, and the Archaeology Field School

1982     

The UNM Department of Anthropology is ranked in the top 10 anthropology programs in the United States by the National Academy of Sciences;

Dr. Alfonso Ortiz receives a five year MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the “Genius Award.”

1989     

The Department holds its first Departmental Convocation ceremony

1990     

Dr. Jane Lancaster founds the journal, Human Nature: A Biosocial, Interdisciplinary Perspective;

Dr. Lawrence Straus is awarded the first Snead-Wertheim Lectureship, a joint award between the Department of Anthropology and the Department of History.

1992     

Human Evolutionary Ecology (HEE) becomes the department’s fifth subfield;

The Maxwell Museum becomes administratively independent from the UNM Department of Anthropology under the direction of Dr. Garth Bawden.

1994     

The Anthropology Graduate Student Union (AGSU) holds their first annual research symposium;

The Laboratory for Ceramic Analysis is established by Dr. Patricia Crown.

1995     

Dr. Lawrence Straus assumes the Editorship of the Journal of Anthropological Research and founds the twice-yearly JAR Distinguished Lecture series

1996     

Dr. Straus begins the El Miron Cave Archeological Project in Cantabria, Spain, which would continue its excavation phase until 2013;

The Linguistic Anthropology subfield merges with Ethnology subfield.

1999     

The Office of Contract Archaeology (OCA) moves from the Department to the Maxwell Museum as a research division;

Dr.  Louise Lamphere is named President of the American Anthropological Association, and served until 2001.

2000     

The National Endowment for the Humanities awards a matching grant jointly to UNM Department of Anthropology and the UNM Maxwell Museum of Anthropology for the establishment of the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Research, and Dr. Beverly Singer appointed first director;

The Tsimane Life History Project is established in Bolivia under the direction of Dr. Hillard Kaplan.

2001     

The Maxwell Center for Anthropological Research is established;

Dr. Keith Basso is awarded the J.I. Staley Prize for his book, Wisdom Sits in Places.

2002     

Dr. Frank Hibben leaves UNM $10 million to establish a trust for graduate student education in Anthropology and to build the Hibben Center for Archaeological Research

2003     

The Hibben Center for Archaeological Research opens;

The Hibben Trust for Anthropological Research is established to provide funding for graduate study in anthropology;

Department celebrates 75th Anniversary of the founding of the department.

2005     

The Anthropological Genetics lab is established under the direction of Dr. Keith Hunley

2007     

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology celebrates its 75th Anniversary;

The Human Evolutionary Ecology subfield merges with Biological Anthropology subfield to form the Evolutionary Anthropology subfield;

The National Park Service Chaco Culture National Historical Park Museum opens in the Hibben Center;

The Chaco Canyon Archaeological Research lab is established under the direction of Dr. Wirt Wills;

The Paleoecology Research lab is established under the direction of Dr. Sherry Nelson.

2008     

The Comparative Human and Primate Physiology Center (originally the Hominoid Reproductive Ecology Laboratory) is established under the direction of Dr. Melissa Emery Thompson and Dr. Martin Muller

2011     

First UNM Ethnology Field School in Israel/Palestine takes place, co-sponsored by Anthropology and American Studies Departments, and directed by Dr. Les Field and Dr. Alex Lubin

2012     

Dr. Jane Lancaster is awarded the Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions, Human Behavior and Evolution Society;

The Zooarchaeology Lab is established under the direction of Dr. Emily Jones;

The Environmental Archaeology Research lab is established under the direction of Dr. Keith Prufer.

2013     

Dr. Louise Lamphere receives the Boas Award from the American Anthropological Association

2014     

Dr. Patricia Crown is elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and is awarded the UNM Presidential Award of Distinction;

The Human Family and Evolutionary Demography Lab is established under the direction of Dr. Siobhán Mattison.

2017     

The Smith Family Totem Pole is removed from the Maxwell Museum courtyard, brought into the Hibben Center atrium, restored and rededicated by representatives of the Tlowitsis Nation. This project was supported through funding from the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, the Hibben Trust, and the UNM Office of the President;
 
Drs. Patricia Crown and Dr. Wirt Wills receive the Field Discovery Award for UNMs long-term research at Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon at the Shanghai Archaeological Forum in China;

The State of New Mexico approves the Masters Degree in Museum Studies, an interdisciplinary program under the direction of Dr. Loa P. Traxler.

2018     

The Department of Anthropology celebrates the 90th anniversary of its founding at UNM
 

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.

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