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Department of Anthropology

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an•thro•pol•o•gy: the broadly-based study of humankind that draws its methods from both the sciences and humanities and includes the fields of cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics.

Vanderbilt's Department of Anthropology emphasizes these subdisciplines to achieve a better understanding of the world, past and present. The members of the faculty are internationally prominent for their research and publications on the New World, especially Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Amazonia. The department maintains research interests and active field programs in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Brazil, Bolivia, Columbia, Peru, Argentina, and Chile. Members of the department and its students participate in the activities of the Center for Latin American Studies and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. These affiliations enhance and enrich undergraduate and graduate teaching of anthropology at Vanderbilt. 


In the News

February 28-March 1:
43rd Annual Midwest Conference on Andean and Amazonian Archaeology and Ethnohistory, at Vanderbilt University, Buttrick Hall
Keynote speaker: Clark Erickson (U. of Pennsylvania), “Pre-Columbian Monumental Landscapes in the Bolivian Amazon.”
March 6-7:
38th Annual Midwest Conference on Mesoamerican Archaeology and Ethnohistory. Symposia at Middle Tennessee University; reception Saturday, March 7, at Vanderbilt University, Divinity Building. Keynote speaker: Patricio Davila (“Southeastern Archaeological Elements and Traditions in Ancient Mexico.”
Professor Steven A. Wernke was awarded the Society for American Archaeology’s 2015 SAA Book Award in the Scholarly category for his book, Negotiated Settlements: Andean Communities and Landscapes under Inka and Spanish Colonialism.