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Department of Anthropology

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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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Latest News

Bernd Lambert (December 28, 1932 - January 3, 2015)

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Bernd Lambert's passing.  Bernd was a professor in the Anthropology Department at Cornell from 1964-2003.  His focus was on social anthropology in Oceania and North America. Bernd was an incredibly caring and generous mentor and friend to generations of students.  He loved books, teaching, learning from others, and the San Francisco 49ers.  Bernd will be greatly missed.

Faculty Books

Gleach - Powhatan's World and Colonial Virginia

Powhatan's World and Colonial Virginia
Frederic W. Gleach

Frederic W. Gleach offers the most balanced and complete accounting of the early years of the Jamestown colony to date. When English colonists established their first permanent settlement at Jamestown in 1607, they confronted a powerful and growing Native chiefdom consisting of over thirty tribes under one paramount chief, Powhatan. For the next half-century, a portion of the Middle Atlantic coastal plain became a charged and often violent meeting ground between two very different worlds.