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Department of Anthropology News

Anthropology focuses on the spectrum of the human experience - past and present. An anthropology degree balances practical, applied, and theoretical research within liberal arts, as well as interdisciplinary education.

Current Anthropology News

A female student wearing glasses looks at a poster describing a research project.
Campus News | March 1, 2019

Students show off their work at the annual Graduate College research forum. Bonus: Spring makes an appearance on campus.

A photo of UNLV archaeologists Diane and Arlen Chase examining items on the floor of a tomb in Caracol, Belize.
Research | January 31, 2019

UNLV’s Diane and Arlen Chase engage in fieldwork and new technologies to uncover Maya history at Caracol, Belize.

Campus News | January 17, 2019

The UNLV anthropology student Trevor Pollom's research in nutrition took him to Africa as a tribe transitions to cultivated crops.

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Research | December 26, 2018

In 2018, faculty and students collaborated with one another and international colleagues on scientific exploration that sought to help people make sense of themselves and the world around them.

Eric Fries
Research | October 4, 2018

Archaeologist Eric Fries digs deep into the Maya civilization.

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Research | September 3, 2018
That pain in your neck may be from your tablet device, how librarians help keep students in school, a research course that has undergrads digging up viruses, and more.

Anthropology In The News

The List
April 26, 2019

Think back to your very first kiss. That big day will always be cemented in your mind, but it's likely that all the hype surrounding the event was better than the smooch itself. It's possible that you were one of the lucky ones who experienced fireworks or, maybe, you engaged in an awkward, sloppy exchange of saliva that made you question why you were even excited to accomplish this milestone. Good times, good times.

Las Vegas Review Journal
April 8, 2019

The ancient Central American city of Caracol was abandoned by the Maya almost a thousand years ago, but Arlen and Diane Chase can’t seem to stay away from the place.

The Argonaut
March 21, 2019

University of Idaho presidential finalist Diane Z. Chase brings 16 years of administrative experience to the table.

Yale Daily News
February 26, 2019

Our simple task in this Community Health Educators orientation activity was to order the cards from least to most intimate. On the completed intimacy spectrum, sex fell somewhere in the middle — less intimate than sharing a Netflix password.

Las Vegas Sun
February 15, 2019

Sometimes they’re buried in unmarked graves. Other times their bodies decompose under the desert’s blaring sun. The mementos carried on their journey—a child’s drawing with a Spanish prayer scribbled on the back, a stuffed animal, a lucha libre mask—are found with them, hinting at who they were before they died.

ErieTimes-News
February 12, 2019

Remember the meet-cute scene in “101 Dalmatians,” where the couple’s dogs bring them together? It happens in real life, too.

Anthropology Experts

An expert in prehistoric Native Americans of the Southwest
Arlen F. Chase is an anthropologically trained archaeologist who specializes in the Maya area of Mesoamerica.
An anthropologist and expert on hunter-gatherer adaptations in American Southwest to arid environments, and the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture
An expert in human behavioral endocrinology, evolution and fatherhood, human reproductive ecology, and human biology.
An expert in archaeology, anthropology and academic leadership.
An expert in love and intimacy.

Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

May 3, 2019
Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology) received a research grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for her research on food and water insecurity among indigenous foragers of Tanzania, East Africa. 
April 26, 2019
Peter Gray (Anthropology) and colleagues Justin Garcia and Amanda Gesselman of the gender studies and Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, published "Age-related patterns in sexual behaviors and attitudes among single U.S. adults: An evolutionary approach" in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. The study draws upon a large sample of U.S. single...
April 15, 2019
Alyssa Crittenden (Anthropology) recently did a podcast interview with Future Tech Podcast, titled "Eating through the Ages," chronicling some of her work on the evolution of the human diet. The interview can be streamed. 
February 8, 2019
Karen G. Harry (Anthropology) and Barbara J. Roth (Faculty Affairs) have an edited book, Interaction and Connectivity in the Greater Southwest, published through the University Press of Colorado.
February 6, 2019
Alan Simmons (Anthropology) has been awarded a grant from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory. This award will allow him and colleagues to conduct test excavations at probable early (ca. 12,000 years ago) sites in Cyprus.
December 14, 2018
Alan Simmons (Anthropology), along with A. Jadjikoumis, J-D Vigne,  J. Guilaine, D. Fiorillo, and M. Balasse, published "Autumn/Winter Births in Traditional and Pre-Pottery Neolithic Caprine Husbandry in Cyprus:  Evidence from Ethnography and Stable Isotopes" in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.