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Assistant Professor Kurt Rademaker publishes in the journal Cell on reconstructing deep population history of the Andes

Department of Anthropology Assistant Professor Kurt Rademaker co-authored a recently published article in the journal Cell with colleagues around the world, including first author Nathan Nakatsuka (Harvard-MIT) and senior authors David Reich (Harvard) and Lars Fehren-Schmitz (UCSC). The article is titled “A Paleogenomic Reconstruction of the Deep Population History of the Andes” and discusses the […]

Fieldwork Photography Contest Winners 2020

The results of the 2020 Anthropology Fieldwork Photography Contest are in! Thank you to everyone who entered photos and to our judges from across the department. The photos were truly amazing and are a stunning reflection of the fieldwork in this department. Congratulations to our winners: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

PhD Alumna Kathryn Frederick, Alumna Rebecca Albert, and Professor Emeritus William Lovis publish on actualistic replication of acorn processing facilities

Department of Anthropology PhD alumna Kathryn Frederick, undergraduate alumna Rebecca Albert, and Professor Emeritus William Lovis recently published an article in the Wisconsin Archeologist titled, “The Green Site Acorn Parching Feature: Analysis and Actualistic Replication of an Early Late Woodland Acorn Processing Pit.” The article discusses the several experiments designed to replicate a 1200-year-old acorn […]

Associate Professor Jodie O’Gorman publishes in World Archaeology on necrogeography and migration in the North American midcontinent

Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Dr. Jodie O’Gorman and PhD alumni Dr. Jennifer Bengtson and Dr. Amy Michael recently published an article in World Archaeology entitled, “Ancient history and new beginnings: necrogeography and migration in the North American midcontinent.” The article discusses how the use of mortuary space and practices contributed to place-making within the […]

Associate Professor Elizabeth Drexler publishes in Anthropology Today on post-truth era and justice

Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Dr. Elizabeth Drexler recently published an article in Anthropology Today entitled, “Speaking truth to power in a post-truth era: Multidimensional and intersectional justice.” In the article, Dr. Drexler discusses youth perceptions of the current post-truth era and advocates a comprehensive frame of analysis for justice. Read the full article at: […]

Professor Emeritus William Lovis and Adjunct Associate Professor Randolph Donahue publish on a bioturbated site in North Yorkshire

Department of Anthropology Professor Emeritus Dr. William Lovis and Adjunct Associate Professor Dr. Randolph Donahue recently published an article in the online journal Mesolithic Miscellany entitled, “Teasing spatial structure from Malham Tarn Site A: preliminary analysis of a bioturbated Mesolithic site in North Yorkshire, England.” The article examines the impact of post-depositional processes over multiple […]

New article in WIREs Forensic Science by members of MSU Forensic Anthropology Lab on ancestry estimation

Department of Anthropology PhD students Rhian Dunn, Micayla Spiros, Kelly Kamnikar, and Amber Plemons and Assistant Professor Dr. Joseph Hefner recently published an article in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Forensic Science, titled “Ancestry estimation in forensic anthropology: A review”. The article discusses the methods and future of ancestry estimation in forensic anthropology. Read the full […]

Research Associate Gabriel Sanchez publishes in Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports on reconstructing ancient Pacific herring size

Department of Anthropology Dean’s Research Associate Dr. Gabriel Sanchez recently published an article in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, entitled “Indigenous stewardship of marine and estuarine fisheries?: Reconstructing the ancient size of Pacific herring through linear regression models”. The article discusses reconstructing the size of Pacific herring from archaeological sites in Point Reyes National […]

Professor Emeritus William Lovis publishes on effects of climate change on coastal sites at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

Department of Anthropology Professor Emeritus Dr. William Lovis and colleagues Dr. G. William Monaghan and Dr. Alan Arbogast recently published an article in The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology entitled, “Reconstructing the precontact Late Woodland archaeology of site 20LU115 and the landscape history of Sleeping Bear Point, Great Lakes, USA.” The article discusses the […]

Fall/Winter 2019 Newsletter is now available!

Our Fall/Winter 2019 Newsletter is now available! Check out the featured stories by clicking on the links below. New Department Chair: Dr. Todd Fenton Investigating Early Settlement in South America Making a Case for a More Inclusive Shi’i Studies New Research Associate: Dr. Gabriel Sanchez Exploring the History of Dr. Ruth Underhill’s Work A Recap […]