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  • William W. Fitzhugh IV has been teaching a course on Arctic cultures, archaeology, and environments at the Department of Anthropology for the past four years. Prof. Fitzhugh graduated from Dartmouth in 1964 in one of the first classes to get anthropology degrees and worked with Professor Elmer Harp in the field in the summer of 1963--where he got his first taste of archaeology. After two years in the U.S. Navy (in North Atlantic Subarctic seas) he took his graduate training at Harvard and...

  • Prof. Casana demonstrated some new tools of the archaeologist's trade and gave his students the opportunity to discover footprints of razed buildings in the center of Dartmouth's campus.

    Read the Dartmouth News article.

  • Chelsey Kivland, an assistant professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College whose research focuses on street politics and violence in Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince, expressed deep concerns about Monday’s announcement, “mainly because the effects of the earthquake are not temporary,” she said in phone interview on Thursday. “I do understand that TPS is something that’s not supposed to last forever, but at the same time, it’s supposed to expire when the effects of the disaster have...

  • Drones have made it easier for Dartmouth’s Jesse Casana to do interesting archaeology, including finding things long hidden at the Shaker Village site in Enfield, but there’s a part of him which is just a little bit sorry.

    “It feels like cheating a little,” admitted Casana, a professor of archaeology in the school’s department of anthropology.

    Besides, he misses the kite. “I got really good at flying the kite.”

    Kite? Yes, and balloons, too.


  • It is no wonder that populism has become a dirty word for many on the political left. In light of Trump’s rise, populism has come to stand for xenophobes, zealots, and maniacs who reject compromise and pluralism.

    Moderate Democrats are right to be suspicious of populism, whether embraced by Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. They may well invoke the dangers of a charismatic leader who claims to give voice to a morally pure, homogenous Volk. Indeed, Trump’s disturbing...

  • In October 2017, Prof. Sergei Kan presented two papers at the Sharing Our Knowledge: Conference of Tlingit Tribes and Clans. A biannual gathering, which brings together tribal elders, indigenous cultural preservation activists, and the general public (Native and Non-Native) with academic scholars in the fields of anthropology, history, linguistics, art, etc. Kan has been a member of the conference's organizing committee since 2007 and in 2015 published a...

  • Global South Scholar and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Amanda Tan has been awarded the American Society of Primatologists (ASP) Deb Moore Award for Early Career Primatologists. It honors "exceptional early career researchers who demonstrate their passion and dedication for extending knowledge through original research of primates in their natural environment."

    Dr. Tan is working with Prof. Dominy on a collaborative project...

  • From the Washington Post:

    In 1845, two of the best ships England could build set off on a quest to find the fabled Northwest Passage — then vanished without a trace.

    The mystery enthralled a generation of adventurers. No one could believe that the pride of the British Royal Navy, commanded by the legendary Sir John Franklin, had fallen victim to nature's wild menace. Convinced that there must be survivors, and tempted by the promise of a reward of 20,000 pounds from Franklin's...

  • Team member Michael Everett ’19 likes bouldering because it marries muscles to mind. “It’s intellectual, but not academic,” he says. Yet he sees a connection between climbing and his academic pursuits. An anthropology major, Everett is so interested in the way climbers use their hands and feet that he has begun studying the phalanges (what we would call our fingers and toes) on fossilized remains of early humans. He’ll do field work on his second trip to South Africa this winter with...

  • Have you ever wondered why humans walk on two legs rather than four? In this course, we will explore how science investigates this unusual form of locomotion. We will start our investigation by looking at the mechanics of upright walking in humans and comparing that to bipedal locomotion in large birds, bears, and apes.

    Learn more about the course and enroll.