March 3, 2021
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Distinguished Professor Emeritus George Bass, Founder of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and Father of Underwater Archaeology. He influenced generations of Nautical Archaeologists, pioneering the science of archaeological excavation under water. If you are among the thousands of friends, colleagues, students, and enthusiasts who were influenced by the life and legacy of George Bass, please share your photos by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post them online just as soon as we can.
February 25, 2021
A recent discovery by Dr. Cody Prang of the Department of Anthropology provides clues about how early humans began to walk upright and make similar movements that all humans perform today. The research was published in the February 24 issue of Science Advances.
February 3, 2021
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share this sad news. Our friend, our mentor, our dearest colleague, Dr. Vaughn Bryant, passed away peacefully on the morning of January 30, 2021 after battling one of the most aggressive forms of cancer for the past several years. He will be remembered with the greatest fondness for his kindness of spirit and his generosity of heart. He created our department, made so many careers and futures here possible, and touched the lives of every person he came in contact with during his 50 years in the Department of Anthropology. We will miss him dearly. A memorial scholarship will soon be established in his name. Because of the pandemic, a service has not yet been planned, but we will share more details as soon as we can. Gifts in memory of Dr. Vaughn M. Bryant should be sent to Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840. For online gifts please copy and paste the following link: https://www.txamfoundation.com/How-to-Give/Honorary-And-Memorial.aspx Please add Vaughn M. Bryant to the note area. Please visit his memorial page here: https://drbryantmemorial.github.io/
August 10, 2020
Analysis of sediment found in Hall’s Cave shows volcanic eruptions responsible for cooling of Earth around 13,000 years ago.
July 15, 2020
Tradition is at the heart of Aggie culture. As Anthropologists we study culture, and we understand that traditions and monuments are powerful mechanisms of cultural transmission. Culture is learned in a myriad of tangible and intangible ways. Symbolism, ideals, and values bleed into reality through the creation of public memory. Monuments, including statues, represent […]
June 5, 2020
An Open Letter to Our Community in Response to Police Brutality Against African-Americans and a Call to Antiracist Action
An Open Letter to Our Community in Response to Police Brutality Against African-Americans and a Call to Antiracist Action – from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists
January 22, 2020
Marijo Gauthier-Bérubé, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology, remarks in his editorial article on the journey of Vaughn Bryant, founder of the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M. This article originally appeared on the College of Liberal Arts website.
November 14, 2019
Anthropology professor Darryl de Ruiter is stepping into a new role of Head of the Department of Anthropology. In this dialogue, de Ruiter shares why he believes studying fossil evidence for human evolution is relevant for today’s issues, as well as the value of an education in anthropology and what he hopes to do as Department Head. […]
February 15, 2019
Pop-Culture Racism? Race, Identity, and the Dangers of Genetic Ancestry Testing Friday, March 1st 9:30 am – 5 pm Texas A&M University Hotel and Conference Center The Ross Room Abstract for the Symposium Popular conceptions of race are deeply embedded in everyday life. For decades, anthropologists have argued that biological variations among different […]
December 31, 2018
One of Jeff Winking’s recent publications uses a study of marriage among an indigenous group in Nicaragua to question assumptions about relationship quality in existing scholarship on marriage. His research will give light to cross-cultural differences in the nature of marriage. Research on marriage and relationships are often conducted on larger, Western-influenced populations. Dr. […]