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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.


Staff & Contacts

Latest News

Winter Session 2015

Billie Jean Isbell will teach The Anthropology and History of the Food You Eat (ANTHR 2496).  This is a 3 credit, online course, which will be taught January 2-17, 2015.  

Kathryn S. March will teach Science, Art, Tibetan Buddhism (ANTHR 2540/ASIAN 2251).  This is a 4 credit class, which will be taught from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Mondays - Fridays, January 2-17, 2015.  This class will also include field trips.

For more information and to enroll, visit  You may email or call 607-255-4987 with questions.

Faculty Books

Smith, Adam T. - The Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies

The Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies
Adam T. Smith

This volume provides the first encompassing report on the ongoing studies of Project ArAGATS, detailing the general context of contemporary archaeological research in the South Caucasus as well as the specific context of our regional investigations in the Tsaghkahovit Plain of central Armenia. The book opens with detailed examinations of the history of archaeology in the South Caucasus, the theoretical problems that currently orient archaeological research, and a comprehensive reevaluation of the material bases for regional chronology and periodization.