Anthropology at Trent
Due to concerns about COVID-19 and the goal to increase social distancing, the Department of Anthropology is closed to faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Services will continue remotely and we are currently working through the transition. We will continue responding to inquiries, focusing on the most urgent issues first. However, please allow for additional response time and know that we are working as hard as we can to help. We appreciate your patience during this transitional time and encourage you to visit Trent’s website for further information and FAQs regarding COVID-19.
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.