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Department of Anthropology

Florida State University's Anthropology Department contains subsections of Archaeology, Biological Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology, offering classes in each sub-field.



             Congratulations to Dr. Geoffrey Thomas

                                2016 Recipient of

                          Florida State University’s

          Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award


US News & World Report’s Best Science Jobs survey for 2016 ranked Anthropologist 4th and Archaeologist 6th.

US News & World Report’s Best Science Jobs for 2016

US News & World Report’s Best Science Jobs for 2016

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Anthropology News & Events

  • US News & World Report’s Best Science Jobs for 2016:  The annual survey ranked Anthropologist 4th and Archaeologist 6th

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  • President’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research: Alexa Pennavaria and Cody Moser honored at FSU's Turnbull Conference Center.  Sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE), FSU's Office of the President, and the Student Government Association, the Showcase is the culmination of the Undergraduate Summer Research Award experience. 

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  • Dr. Bridget Algee-Hewitt and Dr. Dennis Slice Awarded Grant: We are happy to announce that Dr. Bridget Algee-Hewitt (our new Biological Anthropology hire) and Dr. Dennis Slice (FSU Dept. of Scientific Computing) were awarded a $610,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice for "MODELING SURFACE MORPHOLOGY OF THE PUBIC SYMPHYSIS: Quantitative Methods and Computational Tools for the Objective Estimation of Age-At-Death for Modern Populations." The grant will be administered jointly at FSU through the Algee-Hewitt Biological Anthropology Lab and the Slice Morphometrics Lab, and it will fund both an Anthropology and Scientific Computing post doc for the multi-year duration of the grant.

    Award details - National Institute of Justice (pdf 7.07 kB)

  • Job outlook for anthro to grow 21%: Employment of anthropologists and archeologists is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 1,300 new jobs over the 10-year period.

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  • Exploring Anthropology in London: Rich in cultural history, London and its vicinity are explored this week by Anthropology majors, minors, and any other students interested in history, art, architecture, and archaeology.

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  • 5,000-year-old primitive writing generates debate in China: BEIJING — Archaeologists say they have discovered some of the world's oldest known primitive writing, dating back 5,000 years, in eastern China, and some of the markings etched on broken axes resemble a modern Chinese character.

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  • 'Anthropocene' Period Would Recognize Humanity's Impact on Earth: The Anthropocene is the name of a proposed new geological time period (probably an epoch) that may soon enter the official Geologic Time Scale.

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  • Eating insects: Disgust is just the first hurdle: RAISE your hand if you haven't heard that insects are the food of the future. The UN seems to think they are: earlier this year, its Food and Agricultural Organization spelled out the benefits of entomophagy.

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  • Where We Live Dictates Who We Are: Why? Evolution may be the ultimate last defense against invasion by other humans. The debilitating effects of altitude sickness seems to have prevented people native to low-lying areas from moving into high altitude regions, such as the Himalayas, according to recent research published in the journal Applied Geography.

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  • Richard III grave replicated in 3D: The detailed reconstruction combines laser scanning, which captures the exact shape of the grave, with a 3D model produced from digital photographs of the site.

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  • Ancient Inscription From King Solomon's Time Unearthed: The inscription is the oldest alphabetic text found in Jerusalem and predates the earliest found Hebrew inscription in the region by 250 years.

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