The Department of Anthropology consists of 15 full-time faculty divided into three major research areas: Archaeology and Bioarchaeology (11), Sociocultural Anthropology (3), and Linguistic Anthropology (1). Included among the faculty is a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Archaeology (Paul Szpak).
We specialize in:
Human/ environment relationships:
- Long-term archaeological perspectives on the relationship of human settlement and mobility with resource use, agricultural ecosystems, urbanism, food, and health.
- Cross-cultural studies of the constitution, use, and meanings of landscape, space, and place
Food, diet, and human health:
- Long-term, cross-cultural perspectives on diet and human health
- Food and drink studies
Materiality & the world of things:
- New Materialism, or semiotic interrogations of the meaning potentials of materiality
- The production and consumption of material culture, including behavioural chains, usewear, taphonomy, and technological analyses.
Anthropology is the only discipline that focuses on all aspects of the human experience. The Department of Anthropology offers students numerous opportunities to participate in experiential learning - not only in the classroom, but also in the lab and in the field.