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Human teeth carry secrets that tell the story of humanity through its fragile relationship with the sun

Anthropologist Megan Brickley and group of McMaster researchers, including graduate students and staff members, working with colleagues in Quebec and France have recently published findings on Ancient Vitamin D deficiency that is valuable for understanding a health condition that today affects more than 1 billion people worldwide.

May 25, 2017

Anthropology Colloquium Series | Stay Tuned for the 2017-2018 lineup

The colloquium series is normally offered every other Tuesday from 3:30-5:00. A new list of speakers will be posted in the fall!

May 23, 2017

McMaster research helping develop new programs for those struggling with food insecurity

Scholar-in-Community, Tina Moffat (Anthropology), is working with partners at Neighbour 2 Neighbour’s Hamilton Community Food Centre to find ways to assess programs for some of Hamilton’s most vulnerable community members.

Apr 13, 2017

Take a Spring or Summer course in Anthropology!

Take spring and summer courses for interest, to fulfill a requirement, or to ease your workload next year.

Mar 29, 2017

Anthropology Careers Night

Thursday, March 30, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Location: Burke Science Building (BSB) room 137

Mar 28, 2017

Anthropology students hit the streets of Hamilton in search of art

Public art can be a powerful tool to engage communities. It can spark positive change by opening up public dialogue, triggering mobilization and activism, and helping to build community capacity and leadership.

Mar 08, 2017

Megan Brickley, Canada Research Chair in Bioarchaeology of Human Disease

It is International Women's Day, as the world celebrates women, we'd like to salute the Department of Anthropology's Megan Brickley, the Canada Research Chair in Bioarchaeology of Human Disease. She is a part of a group of twenty-two McMaster women who currently hold Canada Research Chairs.They're an extraordinary group, tackling some of the most critical and challenging issues facing society today.

Mar 08, 2017

Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak

The Department of Anthropology's Hendrik Poinar featured in a Nature International Journal of Science article | DNA of 500-year-old bacteria is first direct evidence of an epidemic — one of humanity's deadliest — that occurred after Spanish conquest.

Feb 17, 2017

Picturing Deportation: The Rhetorics and Technologies of Immigration Restriction from 1900 to 2017

The Department of Anthropology presents: Jay Dolmage, Associate Professor of English, University of Waterloo, Thurs., Feb. 16 , 3:30 p.m., DeGroote School of Business (DSB), Room 505

Feb 07, 2017

Sessional faculty teaching positions

The Department of Anthropology is advertising a number of spring and summer courses as sessional faculty teaching positions.

Jan 31, 2017

Company's test for Beothuk DNA called bogus by geneticists

CBC News recently interviewed the Anthropology Department's Ana Duggan, a geneticist at McMaster University's Ancient DNA Centre in Hamilton about the likelihood of verifying Beothuk DNA.

Jan 27, 2017

Monks had their flesh ripped off before burial

Department of Anthropology recently defended PhD Robert Stark, findings from 1,000-year-old monastery in Sudan reveals the grisly ritual

Jan 23, 2017

Ancient female skeleton from Troy yields oldest known form of maternal infection

Researchers at McMaster’s Ancient DNA Centre and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have sequenced the complete genomes of two forms of bacteria found in tissue samples dating back to the 13th century. They were collected from a woman, thought to have been about 30-years-old and likely pregnant when she died.

Jan 11, 2017

Neanderthals in a boat? Not such a far-fetched notion after all

Department of Anthropology research bolsters theory that our primitive cousins were more sophisticated than previously thought.

Jan 01, 2017

2,000-year-old human remains confirm presence of malaria during the Roman Empire

McMaster Anthropology researchers, Hendrik Poinar and Tracy Prowse help uncover evidence of malaria in Italy during height of Roman Empire.

Dec 05, 2016

Anthropology Student Recognized for extraordinary community service by Ontario University Athletics

Meet Gabriel Ghiglione, a young men who cares "a whole awful lot."

Nov 18, 2016

Teaching the Archaeology of Death

Halloween is the one time of the year when people dress up as their favourite superhero, meme, pun, or living dead character. In Anthropology 3DD3, Archaeology of Death, Dr. Aubrey Cannon discusses the imagery of death and how people can be horrified by things like the skull and crossbones as a design element to evoke fear.

Oct 31, 2016

Anthropologist welcomes zombies in the classroom

“The Anthropology of Zombies and the ‘Undead,’” a fourth-year course that explores the cultural fascination with the beings that occupy the space between life and death.

Oct 30, 2016

Ancient DNA Research

McMaster Anthropology graduate students Matthew Emery and Katherine Eaton on Global News talking about DNA

May 26, 2016

Digging for Treasure in Sudan: An Unforgettable Experience

New Op Ed piece by PhD candidate, Matt Emery, in today's Hamilton Spectator

Mar 30, 2016