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DNA helps illuminate the complex population dynamics of the first peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador

McMaster Department of Anthropology's Ana Duggan and Hendrik Poinar searching for the genetic link between the Maritime Archaic and the Beothuk populations, two culturally distinct populations that lived at different times in Newfoundland for the better part of some 5,000 years.

Oct 13, 2017

Patina: The Political Life of Haunted Houses

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to present Dr. Shannon Dawdy from the University of Chicago as a Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Oct 03, 2017

Food Is About Far More Than Bodily Sustenance

Food is at the heart of culture: It is at the center of gatherings ranging from weddings to funerals, and it’s a critical part of everyday life. Not only are ingredients and recipes important but so are people’s foodways and customs. In many countries, it is common to cook a large pot of food in anticipation of uninvited guests; those who have extra food share it, and they expect to have food shared in return. Such social arrangements can increase food security in the community.

Oct 02, 2017

McMaster Archaeological XRF Lab publishes in Journal of Archaeological Science

Using Obsidian to Demonstrate Cultural Continuity in the Southern Levant: A new paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science includes Dr. Tristan Carter and past grad and undergrad student co-authors Zachary Batist and Kathryn Campeau (Both now PhD candidates at University of Toronto).

Sep 26, 2017

Dr. Karen McGarry on Kids TVO show Mystery Files

Dr. Karen McGarry Appears on Mystery Files as an expert of the undead in different cultures The undead episode airs on TVO September 11 at 6 p.m.

Sep 11, 2017

New Anthropology Courses for Fall 2017

New courses this fall: Storytelling, Fable, and Song - The Anthropology of Oral Traditions and Archaeological Practice in Ontario - An Introduction to Academic and Consultant Archaeologies

Jul 24, 2017

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

The colloquium series will be offered on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00, dates to follow. A new list of speakers will be posted in the fall!

Jul 12, 2017

Death: A Part of Life

Anthropology and Religious Studies professor Ellen Badone in a panel discussion on CHML's Bill Kelly Show in their series on Death: A Part of Life which is being produced in partnership with the Bob Kemp Hospice.

Jun 20, 2017

SNAP! Follow Dr. Tristan Carter's crew in Naxos Greece

Some very interesting things are coming out of this early (260,000 year old!) prehistoric stone tool manufacturing site. Follow them this summer on their blog, Facebook page, or on YouTube

Jun 19, 2017

One anthropology student’s 36-year journey to graduation

In 1981, Paula Turner, with no money and no support system, was forced to leave university. Today, she will walk across McMaster’s convocation stage to receive her degree in anthropology, completing a journey that began 36 years ago.

Jun 14, 2017

Postdoctoral researcher Ana Duggan among Canada's brightest young scholars

Postdoctoral Ana Duggan receives prestigious Banting Fellow for her project "The history of the aboriginal people of Newfoundland and Labrador"

Jun 02, 2017

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

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

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