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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. 


Researchers receive $500,000 in funding to launch ArcticConnect, linking environmental data about the North. Maribeth Murray, the executive director of the Arctic Institute of North America is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. 

Congratulations to Miranda Cosman, a 5th year honours student of Biological Anthropology who was awarded a PURE Award for 2014 (Program for Undergraduate Research Experience). The PURE Awards provide financial research support to some of the university’s most promising students over the Spring and Summer months. 

Congratulations to Adrianne Offenbecker on receiving the prestigious Vanier Award. Adrianne is one of only 11 University of Calgary students to be awarded the scholarship this year. 

Adrianne's research focuses on violence in prehistoric northwest Mexico. She is using stable isotope analysis to determine whether the victims of violence were members of the local community or immigrants and ultimately, whether factors such as social status, gender, and ethnicity contributed to conflict at the site.

Upcoming Events

Guest Lecture: The urbanization of mining: extended extraction in the social factory

Date & Time:
September 19, 2014 | 2:00 pm

Archaeology Guest Lecture: Lands End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier

Date & Time:
September 26, 2014 | 2:00 pm
The department of Anthropology and Archaeology along with the Urban Studies Research Group are proud to welcome Dr. Tania Murray Li who will be presenting a talk from her recent publication: Lands End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier. 
Date & Time:
September 29, 2014 | 5:00 pm
Information and selection meeting for the 2015 Belize Primatology Filed School will be held on Monday September 29 at 5 pm in ES614.  For more information regarding the Field School please visit the website below. 
Date & Time:
October 9, 2014 | 4:00 pm
Information and selection meeting for the 2015 Ghana Primatology Filed School will be held on Tuesday October 9 from 4 pm - 5:30 pm in ES702.  For more information regarding the Field School please visit the website below. 


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