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Anthropology at Binghamton University Defined

Anthropology studies human populations and cultures in comparative, historical and evolutionary frameworks. The curriculum promotes understanding of the variety of past and present human groups, the cultures and societies people create, the processes that animate cultural production and social life, and the processes that underlie human biological development and change. Students learn and apply the research methods and theoretical constructs used by anthropologists to investigate peoples and their social worlds.

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MA Program in Public Archaeology

The Binghamton University Department of Anthropology and the Public Archaeology Facility (PAF) announce a new track in Public Archaeology within the existing MA degree in Anthropology.

Public Archaeology, broadly defined, includes work in Cultural Resource Management (CRM), archaeological education, museum archaeology, and a number of other arenas in which archaeologists and their publics interact. The MA track is a two-year program that prepares students for professional positions in these fields.

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In the News

March 16, 2016  Article by Andy Merriwether includes the key finding of a new study published March 17 in the journal Science. Residents of the remote equatorial islands of Melanesia share fragments of genetic code with two extinct human species.  

Feb. 17, 2016  Paper by Carl P. Lipo published on Easter Island.  Story from the Christian Science Monitor:  Mysterious disappearance: What actually happened on Easter Island?

May 28, 2015  NPR interview with Rolf Quam on a murder case — more than 435,000 years old. 

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Last Updated: 8/2/16