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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.


                  Scientific Diving Certification

Interested in doing underwater archaeology? If you are, you must become a Scientific Diver. Luckily, we can help with that; the Marine Lab is offering Intro to Science Diving (BSC 4473C/ BSC 5476C) this spring, and the Department of Anthropology will be offering an underwater archaeology field school in the summer of 2017!

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>> Scientific Diving Brochure


                    Exploring Anthropology in London


Anthropology Master's Program

The Department of Anthropology of the Florida State University welcomes master’s degree-seeking students with an interest in archaeology, physical anthropology, and cultural anthropology.

Two thesis-type programs are being offered:

Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.).

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2017.

  » Apply On-Line

 NOTE: The deadline for submission of the on-line application is January 15, 2017.  All transcripts, recommendations, test scores and other application components must be received and processed by FSU by January 15, 2017.   Allow sufficient time for surface mail, holiday delays and handling.


Field School 2016

On site with FSU Department of Anthropology as it conducts research and excavates a 1,400 year old cite in St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge. Students are working alongside members of the National Park Service to learn about the past while getting a jumpstart on their future careers.

 >>> VIDEO: 2016 FSU Archaeological Field School


         Public Library of Science (PLOS) One: 

A Critical Evaluation of the Down Syndrome Diagnosis for LB1, Type Specimen of Homo floresiensis



             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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