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Department of Anthropology News

Anthropology focuses on the spectrum of the human experience from the past to the present. With a comprehensive and well-integrated curriculum, the Department of Anthropology teaches and trains students in a way that balances methodological and theoretical approaches in anthropology. Our courses and research programs are relevant on local and global scales, and we provide students with an insightful understanding of our shared humanity and diversity human cultures around the world.

Current Anthropology News

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People |

The College of Science Alumnus of the Year has taken a learning-by-doing approach as a professor and now dean at the College of Southern Nevada.

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People |

Though she didn't become a marine biologist, the Graduate College Alumna of the Year charted a course that now supports researchers.

Graduation surprise
Campus News |

News stories from the summer featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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Campus News |

President Keith E. Whitfield continues decades-long commencement tradition, honoring 10 students who embody the academic, research, and community tenacity of the graduating class.

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Campus News |

UNLV students survey Nevada's rich history and gain valuable fieldwork experience in revived archaeology class.

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Research |

Groundbreaking discovery was the norm for Rebel researchers in 2022. Here's a selection of our favorite news-making UNLV research highlights from the year. 

Anthropology In The News

The Good Men Project

Have you ever found yourself perplexed in front of the honey aisle at your local grocery store, wondering what’s real and what’s not? You’re not alone. The world of honey is buzzing with more than just bees these days.


The ruling and priestly elites of ancient Palenque used to enjoy endemic freshwater crabs, which they consumed as a delicacy in private ceremonies that commemorated special events, such as certain milestones in the palace's construction.

AnthroBiology Podcast

Dr. Daniel Benyshek of UNLV joins the show to discuss plancentophagy.

Public Good

Speaking with the street vendors standing at Las Vegas intersections and highway off ramps on Public Good — a podcast audio series about Southern Nevada's urban public spaces and the people who depend on them.

Live Science

A deep dive into nearly 12,000 years of violence in the Middle East reveals that bloodshed skyrocketed as proto-states, or state-level society, began to emerge about 6,500 years ago and spiked again as drought and superpowers took hold about 3,200 years ago, according to an analysis of battered human skulls and bones.

Las Vegas Review Journal

“¡Viva México!” Julián Escutia Rodríguez shouted outside North Las Vegas City Hall building Thursday night.

Anthropology Experts

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Recent Anthropology Accomplishments

Iván Sandoval Cervantes (Anthropology) and Amy Reed-Sandoval (Philosophy) published "Latin American Animal Ethics" in Struggles for Liberation in Abya Yala, edited by Luis Rubén Díaz Cepeda and Ernesto Rosen Velásquez.
Barbara Roth and Ph.D. candidate Danielle Romero (both Anthropology) published "Children in Mimbres Pithouse Society" in Kiva: The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History 90:1-21. 
Sam Leif (Summer Term) and Matthew Montalto (Anthropology) published "Morra Cinematic Game System," a chapter in the book Learning, Education, & Games Vol. 4: 50 Games to Use for Inclusion, Equity, and Justice.
Nicholas Barron (Anthropology) published "The Limits of Control, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and Federal Recognition in the United States" in Evidence: The Uses and Misuses of Data — the latest issue in Transaction of the American Philosophical Society. Barron's chapter analyzes a historical case in which the ideas of an anthropologist were…
Alan Simmons (Anthropology), distinguished professor emeritus, has just published a major monograph on his archaeological investigations in Cyprus. The book, published by Studies In Mediterranean Archaeology (no. 156) was edited by Simmons and includes contributions by several individuals, including former Anthropology Department graduate students…
Taylor Flaherty and Jennifer Byrnes (both Anthropology) published an article titled, "Technical Note: Individuals identified by radiographic comparison: A sample of demographics and the region of body used for identification in Clark County, Nevada, USA (2017–2020)," in Forensic Science International.