Through fieldwork, laboratory work, and close study, faculty in the Department of Anthropology guide students in the examination and analysis of the global varieties of human thought and activity, as well as the evolutionary origins of the human biology. Anthropologists at BU are experts in issues relating to religion in the modern world, the effects of religion on politics and society, grassroots civil societies, democratic transitions, and evolutionary biology. The department offers two tracks of study between social anthropology and biological anthropology.
Department chair: Tom Barfield
Campus address: 232 Bay State Road
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The impact of changing religious practices on orangutan fieldwork and conservation in West Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia (2018-04-13)Primate field projects are often under the direction of foreign researchers, who live and work alongside members of local communities. Here we discuss the impact of religion on orangutan research and conservation in Gunung ...
(2018)Ethnobiology Letters was launched in 2010 with the goal of providing a free-to-publish, open-access, online venue for short peer-reviewed articles in ethnobiology (Wolverton et al. 2010). Over the course of ...
Exploring space, economy, and interregional Interaction at a second-millennium B.C.E. citadel in central western Anatolia: 2014-2017 research at Kaymakçı (Archaeological Institute of America, 2018-10)Current understandings of the archaeology of second-millennium B.C.E. central western Anatolia are enriched by ongoing research at Kaymakçı, located in the Marmara Lake basin of the middle Gediz River valley in western ...
(CURA/LUCE Religion and World Affairs Series, 2018)Indonesia is among the shrinking number of Asian countries demographers identify as following a pattern of “universal marriage,” defined as a country in which fewer than 4% of women over the age of 40 have never married ...
(Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2019)Teotihuacan's Tlajinga district is a cluster of neighborhoods on the southern periphery of the city best known for earlier investigations at Compound 33:S3W1. New research includes excavations at two other apartment compounds ...
(Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2019)The original research by the Teotihuacan Mapping Project (TMP) identified a large number of obsidian workshops within Teotihuacan based on surface concentrations of production debris. Clark (1986b) questioned the validity ...
Estudio de conjuntos departamentales y organización de barrios utilizando sensores remotos y geofísica en el distrito de Tlajinga, Teotihuacan (Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2019)RESUMEN: Estudios geofísicos, técnicas de sensores remotos y realización de mapas topográficos con GPS diferencial y vehículos aéreos no tripulados (VANT) han proporcionado una mejor comprensión de la organización espacial ...
(WILEY, 2017-04-01)The transition from hunting and gathering to agricultural food production, beginning around 10,000 years ago, represents a dramatic shift in how people acquire and process food. These shifts to agriculture resulted in ...
(WILEY, 2017-04-01)Extant primates vary dramatically in the presence and development of the vomeronasal system (VNS), which largely detects social pheromones and anti-predator chemosignals. While the strepsirrhine VNS resembles most mammals, ...