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Patricia Kramer
Each spring the University comes together to celebrate the achievements of our students as many of them graduate and leave our immediate community. With this newsletter, we attempt to do something of the same — share with you, our larger community, the accomplishments of the Department of Anthropology. Our purpose as a department is to create and disseminate knowledge about people — across diverse populations extant today, through the lens of deep time and evolutionary processes, in how we... Read more
John Cady at the Staff Awards, standing in front of gold and purple balloons
Department of Anthropology Fiscal Specialist John Cady capped ten years in the department with a nomination for the 2017 Individual Distinguished Staff Award. The official announcement was read by UW President Ana Mari Cauce at a ceremony in late February. Managing the finances of the department means addressing unusual circumstances every day.  Our faculty and students work around the world, and much of what we do does not fit neatly into existing categories. Our 30+ faculty and 75 graduate... Read more
1950's photo of two women in front of a house, with faces blurred
Each year, in the final few hours of the last day of December, many people all across North America gather with friends to raise a glass and sing Robert Burns’s famous ballad, “Auld Lang Syne.”  Standing at the brink of a New Year, arms around each other, they ask: “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?”  The question is meant to be rhetorical, of course — the answer is “No.”  The years may pass, but we should hold on to our friends. For many older adults,... Read more
An international team of scientists, including one from the UW, has announced the discovery of additional remains of a new human species. Featured on UW Today 
Marcos Llobera brings landscapes of the past to life through cutting-edge computational methods and digital archeology Featured on The Whole U 
UW study suggests that monitoring, and potentially treating, the monkeys that co-exist with humans in affected parts of the world may be part of the global strategy. Featured on UW Today 
Picture of John Cady
Congratulations to John Cady, Fiscal Specialist in the Department of Anthropology, on his nomination for the 2017 Individual Distinguished Staff Award. John, and his fellow nominees, were recognized by the University of Washington President, Ana Marie Cauce, along with members of the UW administrative community, friends, family, colleagues, and other nominees, at a ceremony on Thursday, February 23, 2017. John has been in the department for ten years... Read more
Tribal Archaeology as Archaeological Practice -Workshop Flyer
The UW College of Arts & Sciences, Office of Research, wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House Academic Planning Committee, Quaternary Research Center, Simpson Center for the Humanities, Anthropology Department and Burke Museum invite you to: Preserving the Past Together A workshop and seminar series that brings together tribal representatives and local heritage and environmental resource professionals to consider how we might better care for and protect cultural and... Read more
Why does female genital mutilation remain so entrenched in parts of the globe? Bettina Shell-Duncan, professor of anthropology at UW, is quoted. Featured on 
World Anthropology Day
World Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate and participate in their discipline with the public around them. Anthropologists are innovators and creative thinkers who contribute to every industry. Help us celebrate what anthropology is and what it can achieve by hosting an event in your community, on your campus or in your workplace:  ... Read more