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Department of Anthropology

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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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Fajans, They Make Themselves Cover

They Make Themselves
Jane Fajans

In this work, Jane Fajans argues that the Baining of Papua New Guinea define themselves not through intricate cosmologies or social networks, but through the meanings generated by their own productive and reproductive work.