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2017 SNAP Project

2017 Stelida Naxos Archaeological Project field-team, the fifth season of this Canadian-Greek collaborative project co-directed by Dr. Tristan Carter of the Department of Anthropology.

Feb 02, 2018

DNA analysis of ancient mummy, thought to have smallpox, points to Hepatitis B infection instead

A medieval mummy known for having the earliest case of smallpox actually had hepatitis. Hendrik Poinar from McMaster's Anthropology Department, recently co-led a study with Edward Holmes of the University of Sydney that looks to the past to help understand modern pathogens.

Jan 05, 2018

Drawing on new research methods

McMaster Anthropologist to team up with Bosnian illustrator to investigate new forms of labour activism.

Dec 11, 2017

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Bioarchaeology of Human Disease renewed

Megan Brickley of the the Department of Anthropology is one of a handful of Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) who have recently had their chairs advanced or renewed.

Nov 12, 2017

Dental X-rays can reveal vitamin D deficiency

Now, your dentist may be able to detect vitamin D deficiency before it becomes a major problem, according to a recent study. Vitamin D deficiency, a serious but often hidden condition that can now be identified by a simple dental X-ray, McMaster anthropologists Lori D'Ortenzio and Megan Brickley have found.

Nov 07, 2017

$1M gift to attract world’s best and brightest anthropology graduate students

McMaster University’s Department of Anthropology has received a gift of more than $1-million – the largest ever made to the department – to attract and support top tier graduate students in the field of skeletal and physical anthropology.

Nov 07, 2017

McMaster Anthropologists on Donald Trump

Drs. John Colarusso and Andy Roddick weigh in on Donald Trump. Both Anthropology professors have recently published in 'The Conversation' , each with unique perspectives on Trump, his policies, and his legacy. Dr. Roddick is teaching a new course on 'archaeologies of the present' examining the impact of the deep past on the present, archaeological work of the present, with thoughts to the future.

Oct 26, 2017

McMaster experts say Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer

After months of painstaking research and analysis, an international team, including McMaster Anthropology experts, have concluded that Chile’s celebrated Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda did not die from prostate cancer.

Oct 25, 2017

Deadly lead: how lead poisoning affected the Roman Empire

McMaster Anthropology researchers are working with a team of archaeologists from the University of Sheffield to investigate how lead poisoning affected human health in the Roman Empire.

Oct 24, 2017

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