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New article in The Conversation by Associate Professors Gabriel Wrobel and Stacey Camp on how archaeologists know where to dig

Department of Anthropology Associate Professors Gabriel Wrobel and Stacey Camp recently published a new article in The Conversation titled “How do archaeologists know where to dig?”. In the article, Drs. Wrobel and Camp discuss the evidence and methods used to find archaeological sites. Read the full article at https://theconversation.com/how-do-archaeologists-know-where-to-dig-147176

PhD candidate Kelly Kamnikar and Dr. Joseph Hefner Co-PIs on AAFS HHRC grant to analyze skeletal remains from the Soviet-Era Terror in Georgia

Dr. Meri Gonashvili of the Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgia, was awarded $20,000 by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRC) to support the project Anthropological Analysis of Victims of the Soviet-Era Terror in Georgia. Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs) on the project include Michigan State University Department of Anthropology doctoral candidate, […]

Dr. Kurt Rademaker co-authors article on precise manual activities in an Early Holocene individual of the Peruvian Andes

Department of Anthropology Assistant Professor Kurt Rademaker recently co-authored an article in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology with members of his research team, including first author Dr. Fotios Alexandros Karakostis and Dr. Katerina Harvati of the University of Tübingen. The article is titled “Biocultural evidence of precise manual activities in an Early Holocene individual […]

Dr. Stacey Camp publishes in International Journal of Historical Archaeology on the future of Japanese diaspora archaeology

Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Stacey Camp recently published an article in the International Journal of Historical Archaeology titled, “The Future of Japanese Diaspora Archaeology in the United States.” In the article, Dr. Camp discusses the need for collaborative work and a shared research agenda within the archaeological community studying the Japanese diaspora. Read the […]

Special Interest Group co-chaired by Dr. Deon Claiborne receives AAA Presidents’ Award

The Society for Medical Anthropological’s Responses to Health Emergencies Special Interest Group was one of this year’s recipients of the American Anthropological Association Presidents’ Award for the group’s extraordinary service. Dr. Deon Claiborne, Undergraduate Academic Advisor for the Department of Anthropology, is the co-chair of this group with Dr. Kristin Hedges of Grand Valley State […]

Associate Professor Heather Howard publishes in American Anthropologist on history, truth, and reconciliation in settler health care

Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Heather Howard recently published an article in American Anthropologist Vital Topics Forum titled “History, Truth, and Reconciliation in Settler Health Care.” The article critiques approaches used within biomedicine to Indigenous people’s health and advocates Indigenous-led health-care initiatives. Read the full article at: https://doi.org/10.1111/aman.13447

Assistant Professor Kurt Rademaker’s research featured in article by The Scientist on the peopling of South America

Department of Anthropology Assistant Professor Kurt Rademaker was recently featured in an article by The Scientist titled “The Peopling of South America.” The article describes new findings regarding South America’s earliest human inhabitants and highlights Dr. Rademaker’s research on the archaeological site of Cuncaicha, which is the oldest known site in the high Andes. Read […]

Spring 2020 Newsletter is now available

Our Spring 2020 Newsletter is now available! Check out the featured stories by clicking on the links below. Message from the Chair: Dr. Todd Fenton Dr. Linda Hunt Retires from the Department Dr. Andrea Louie Wins National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Dr. Stacey Camp and Dr. Ethan Watrall Awarded National Park Service Grant Dr. […]

Dr. Stacey Camp Participates in Virtual Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimage

This summer, Dr. Stacey Camp is participating in Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage, which is a virtual pilgrimage to commemorate and remember Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the annual pilgrimages to WWII sites of Japanese American incarceration were cancelled this year. These pilgrimages provide important educational and […]

New article in The Conversation co-authored by Associate Professor Gabriel Wrobel on epidemics in the archaeological record

Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Dr. Gabriel Wrobel recently co-authored an article in The Conversation with colleagues Dr. Charlotte Roberts (Durham University) and Dr. Michael Westaway (The University of Queensland) titled, “What the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history—and the human response to them.” The article discusses what bioarchaeologists can reveal about diseases in […]