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  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus George Bass, December 9, 1932 – March 2, 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 We will post them online just as soon as we can.

  • Ancient Skeletal Hand Could Reveal Evolutionary Secrets

    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.

  • Vaughn Bryant

    Regents Professor Vaughn Bryant, October 5, 1940 — January 30, 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: Please add Vaughn M. Bryant to the note area. Please visit his memorial page here:

  • Texas A&M Department of Anthropology study: Cooling of Earth caused by eruptions, not meteors

    Analysis of sediment found in Hall’s Cave shows volcanic eruptions responsible for cooling of Earth around 13,000 years ago. 

  • 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

  • Anthropology PhD Students Find Evidence of Early Human Eating an Entire Rattlesnake

    Two former students, Crystal Dozier and Elanor Sonderman, and one current student, Morgan Smith, analyzed a coprolite as part of a final project. This coprolite turned out to reveal more than expected.   The team found the snakes bones, scales, and fang in the coprolite. Further analysis revealed the fang may have belonged to a […]

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    Department of Anthropology Symposium

      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 […]

  • What’s Love Got To Do With It?

      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. […]

  • Dr. Vaughn Bryant Selected As One Of 2017-2018 Regents Professor Award Recipients

      The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents recently awarded Dr. Vaughn Bryant, Professor of Anthropology, with the title of Regents Professor. Dr. Vaughn Byrant, Director of the Palynology Lab, was one of 15 recipients for this award for 2017-2018.  Dr. Bryant was the first faculty member to be hired to teach anthropology at […]

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    Egyptian Ship Model Sheds Light on Bronze Age Warfare and Religion

    Anthropology professor Shelley Wachsmann wrote a blog for the Getty Museum on the subject of one of his recent books: an ancient ship model from Egypt.