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Welcome to Cornell Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at Cornell offers courses of Undergraduate and Graduate studies in Sociocultural and Biological Anthropology and Archaeology.

Sociocultural anthropology considers the social and cultural circumstances of all cultures, from dominant societies to marginalized groups. Archaeology recovers and interprets material traces of past societies and provides historical perspective on recent cultures. Biological anthropology clarifies aspects of the physical diversity of the human species, explores the human fossil record, and studies closely related primate species in comparison to humans.


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Please support Cornell for Nepal

We were saddened to learn about the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.  Anthropology Department Professors Kathryn March and David Holmberg have traveled to Nepal many times as part of the Cornell Nepal Study Program (CNSP).  "It is incredible to me that we were just in Mhanegang a few weeks ago.  The Cornell Nepal Study Program students and faculty were with us there a few weeks before that.  We sang and danced well into the night.  The CNSP students showed everyone the macarena and square dancing; the Mhanegang villages taught the CNSP students Tamang line and circle dancing.  There were newborn goats and fried doughnuts." Professor March said when she learned that all of the houses in Mhanegang were destroyed by the earthquakes.  

We hope you will consider donating to Cornell for Nepal and any other organizations supporting relief and rebuilding in Nepal.

Cornell for Nepal can be found here.

Faculty Books


The Seneca Restoration, 1715-1754: An Iroquois Local Political Economy
Kurt A. Jordan

Combining archaeological and documentary data, this book assesses Seneca Iroquois autonomy and sustainability in an era of intense colonial pressures. Jordan reconstructs Seneca community life in detail, demonstrating that many developments scholars formerly interpreted as evidence for cultural decline were instead beneficial innovations that lessened the burdens of everyday labor.