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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. 


The Urban Calgary Students' Association (UrbanCSA) and the Faculty of Arts Students' Association (FASA) launched their discussion-based event, Let's Talk Affordable Rent, Nov. 6 in the Faculty of Arts lounge, engaging students around the issue of secondary suites. From UToday Article. 

Stephanie Fox has been awarded an American Society of Primatologists grant for her Masters Project: Evaluating infanticide as a selective pressure shaping male and female reproductive strategies in Colobus vellerosus.

The University of Calgary hosted an Open House on Saturday (Nov 1) and the Anthropology and Archaeology Department was out in full force. 

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
November 24, 2014 - 3:30 pm to December 3, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Kathryn Reese-Taylor and Geoffrey McCafferty will be speaking in the Research and Arts showcase on November 27 as part of Mexico Days. . 

ANARKY talk: Archaeology in the Public Eye: The First Season of the Cluny Public Archaeology Program

Date & Time:
November 26, 2014 | 12:00 pm

For those members of our department who are not familiar with the Cluny site, this is an ANARKY Talk that you cannot miss! This important historical landmark in Alberta has been studied by UofC archaeologists since the 1960s and is the current location of the annual UofC archaeological fieldschool, as well as our public archaeological program!


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