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Submitted by twyman on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 11:52am


Changes to web site coming soon!

Please note that as of July 1, 2014, the Departments of Anthropology and Archaeology have merged into one department. Our web page will be undergoing changes to reflect this merger, but it will take some time. In the meantime, if you require information that is specific to Archaeology, please visit the current Archaeology web site at :

While once associated with small-scale studies of remote societies and places, anthropology today is a dynamic discipline attuned to the massive global changes – human, climatic, ecological, economic – shaping our world. Recognizing the connections and diversities between cultures, societies and species, anthropology brings a holistic yet particularistic approach to contemporary challenges.

The University of Calgary’s Anthropology Department is an animated two-field intellectual community driven by faculty and students alike in a quest to understand our contemporary condition. Embracing anthropology’s traditional integrative approach, we consider humans as they are constructed simultaneously by cultural meanings, social structures, and the biology and ecology of the human species in its evolutionary context. 

Our research streams in sociocultural anthropology and primatology offer a rigorous and comprehensive training and research program for undergraduates and graduates alike, ensuring they are exposed to the traditional subdisciplines of anthropology while also being fluent in the problems of one subfield. Through field schools and faculty-driven or independent projects, students are encouraged to engage in research and gain valuable experiences outside of the classroom setting. 

As a department, we practice a methodology that makes anthropology distinct from other disciplines: long-term field research, where we engage in direct (for primatologists) and participant (for sociocultural anthropologists) observation. Our commitment to long-term engagement with populations, closely related primate species and environments, is a hallmark of our understanding of the contemporary world and the forces that have created it. 


The Belize primatology field school (Spring 2015) will be accepting applications up until October 31, 2014. For more information and to apply to the field school please visit the Group Study Programs . Link under "READ MORE".

Congratulations to PhD student Cara Tremain for her recent publication in Lithic Technology

Tremain, C. G. (2014). Pre-Columbian "Jade": Towards an Improved Identification of Green-Colored Stone in Mesoamerica. Lithic Technology, (39:137-150).

Congratulations to Adrianne Offenbecker!

The Ghana primatology field school will be accepting applications up until November 13. For more information and to apply to the field school please visit the Group Study Programs . Link under "READ MORE".

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
October 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm to October 22, 2014 - 5:00 pm
This talk is presented by the Arctic Institute of North America as part of the "Arctic Speaker Series". 
Date & Time:
November 19, 2014 - 7:30 pm to November 19, 2014 - 8:30 pm
Specific time and location of talk will be announced as soon as it is confirmed. This speaker series usually begins at 7:30 pm. 


Location on Campus:
Main Office: ES 620

The department is located on the 6th and 7th floors of Earth Sciences.

Mailing Address:
Department of Anthropology
2500 University Dr. N.W.
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Phone: 403-220-6516
Fax: 403-284-5467