News & Events

  • Dr. Luca M. Olivieri is the current Director of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan. Since 2011 he has also served as the Director of the ACT-Field School project in Swat (Pakistan) co-implemented by the Mission and the Pakistani archaeological authorities. During his 28 years of field research in Swat he has conducted 23 excavation campaign in seven sites (17 campaigns in the historic settlement of Barikot) and 15 survey campaigns. The results of his field activity have been...

  • Prompted by a question from his 4-year-old daughter, Professor of Anthropology Nathaniel Dominy wrote a paper about the properties of reindeer eyes and how they might explain the advantage of a reindeer having a bright red nose like the famous Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, writes the Associated Press in a story published by CBS News.

    There’s a downside to the brightness of the nose, which is that it may cause the reindeer to use more than the...

  • Videos of Islamic State militants shattering ancient statues and blowing up classical temples have shocked the world. But according to a new analysis of satellite images by U.S. archaeologists, these high-profile acts obscure the actual extent of damage to Syria’s rich cultural heritage.

    The team examined images of 1,450 ancient sites across the shattered nation and found that one in four has been damaged or looted in the civil war that began in 2011.


  • Dartmouth's new Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society (EEES) graduate program is accepting applications until January 1, 2016.  There are two overlapping tracks of scholarship and training in the EEES program, with one track focusing on Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), and the other focusing on Sustainability, Ecosystems, and Environment (SEE).  Anthropologists interested in human-environmental relations from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives are invited...

  • Prof. Lee R. Berger, University of the Witwatersrand, will present his team's startling discovery in the Cradle of Humankind.
    Monday, November 16, 2015
    Filene Auditorium, Moore Building

    Prof. Lee R. Berger Ph.D. D.Sc. FRSSAf ASSAf is an award-winning researcher, explorer, author and speaker. He is the recipient of the National Geographic Society’s first Prize for Research and Exploration and the Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award. His work has...

  • Join the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning and the Department of Anthropology when they welcome Prof. Lee Berger to Hanover to present his discovery of Homo naledi. Please view the event details on the Dartmouth Events Calendar.

  • The Islamic State's looting of important archaeological sites in Syria has been well-documented over the past year, with the damage caused to ancient cities like Palmyra causing anger and outrage around the world. Unfortunately, attempts to assess the damage caused to these sites and others like them has been limited due to the conflict and chaos that has existed in Syria over the past four years.

    Jesse Casana, an associate professor of anthropology at Dartmouth, has found a way to...

  • Yangjin and I were talking about causality when the topic of glaciers came up. She was describing the interviews she and her fellow community researchers from Mustang, Nepal, had completed this summer as part of an NSF RAPID award called “Narrating Disaster: Calibrating Causality and Response to the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal.” Yangjin moved her hands and shoulders, narrating, through the words of others, how this living earth, jigten, balances on the back of a mythical animal. Sometimes it...

  • Prof. DeSilva and a team of scholars at universities around the world are quickly working to place the newest fossil discovery into the history of human evolution.

    Detailed analyses of Homo naledi shows a mosaic of both early and modern human features.

    The recent discovery of a new human ancestor in the Rising Star cave system of South Africa ...

  • The Department of Anthropology welcomes four new members to its faculty - Jesse Casana and Jeremy DeSilva as Associate Professors, Sabrina Billings as Senior Lecturer, and Jennifer Carballo, Visiting Professor from the Peabody Museum at Harvard University.

    Jesse Casana comes to Dartmouth from the University of Arkansas with over ten years experience teaching and in the field working numerous projects in the U.S. and the Middle East. His research focuses mainly on Archaeology in the...