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Department of Anthropology

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What our researchers share in common is a commitment to discovery. Through smart collaboration we are continuously expanding our depth and breadth of knowledge and exploring new ways of contributing to a brighter world.

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The unique skills and perspectives that an Anthropology degree provides is an understanding about how we are all shaped by the cultural, social, political, and historical contexts in which we live.

Graduate Programs

Our anthropological research and graduate training program includes the archaeological, biological, and social cultural subfields.

A message from Dean Hurley to the Faculty of Social Sciences

"You have shown immense diligence in your response to COVID-19 thus far. Thank you for working hard to create the supports needed for the next few weeks. I ask for your continued patience as we strive to adapt to this continuously evolving situation."
Mar 15, 2020

The Human Impacts of Epidemics

Samantha Price, graduate student and sessional lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, discusses coronavirus COVID-19 and the Black Death
Feb 28, 2020

Dr. Tina Moffat and Dr. Shanti Morell-Hart Weigh in on the Mediterranean Diet

Two McMaster Anthropologists discuss how the Mediterranean diet ties in to cultural food tradition and Western political and cultural imperialism. See this February's conversation piece: How the Mediterranean diet became No. 1 — and why that’s a problem
Feb 28, 2020

The 20th Dr. John Rae Lecture I From Dumb Brutes to Kissing Cousins: Rewriting Neanderthal Prehistory and their relationship to modern humans

Date/Time: Saturday Feb. 8, 8pm Venue: Rm.1A1, Ewart Angus Centre, NW corner of MUMC hospital bldg., 1200 Main St. W., Hamilton
Jan 22, 2020

Digging into diets

New research from anthropologists at McMaster and California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), is shedding light on ancient dietary practices, the evolution of agricultural societies and ultimately, how plants have become an important element of the modern diet.
Dec 13, 2019

"Farm to emperor's table: Excavations reveal the inner workings of an ancient Roman Imperial estate"

Dr. Tracy Prowse (McMaster University) and Dr. Maureen Carroll (University of Sheffield) direct a multi-disciplinary team investigating the site of Vagnari in southern Italy, featured in the Nov/Dec 2019 edition of Archaeology Magazine. Work on the site is featured in an article by Matt Stirn.
Nov 27, 2019