Geoffrey Hughes Named Field Director of Archaeological Project in Old Salem

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Geoffrey Hughes at the dig site in Old Salem.

Graduate Student Geoffrey Hughes has been named Field Director for an archaeological project conducting excavations and research at the 1766 Builders House in Old Salem.  He applied for the highly competitive Richard Bland Fellowship and was chosen from among the applicants for his high-quality scholarship.  This is especially significant in that the site will be a focal point for Old Salem’s 250th Anniversary coming in 2016.

Geoffrey will be leading a team of two other field crew members.  All three will conduct their work under Old Salem’s Director of Archaeology, Dr. Mo Hartley.

We congratulate Geoffrey on his excellent accomplishment and look forward to learning what his field work will uncover!

International Symposium Focusing on Chinese-Latin American Economies: June 1 and 2

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Dr. Juliane Mueller, Visiting Scholar (Postdoctoral Fellow, Volkswagen Foundation)

Dr. Juliane Mueller, Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Fellow, will be hosting an international symposium entitled, Entrepreneurship, Artisans, and Traders: the Remaking of China-Latin America Economies.  It will be held June 1st-2nd and located in the University Room in Hyde Hall.


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University Room, Hyde Hall



The symposium is free and open, but please email Juliane Mueller if you plan to attend:




The event is sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation of Hannover, Germany; the UNC Department of Anthropology; Carolina Asia Center of UNC; the Institute for the Study of the Americas of UNC.



Dr. James Peacock Retirement Celebration Honors Decades of Commitment to UNC


Dr. James Peacock, Kenan Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology


Friends and family gathered in the James and Florence Peacock Atrium of the FedEx Global Education Center on May 7th for a retirement celebration commemorating Dr. James Peacock’s decades of commitment to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Celebration speakers included:

Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, Chair, Department of Anthropology
Dorothy Holland, Professor Emeritus, UNC Anthropology
Arturo Escobar, Kenan Distinguished Professor, UNC Anthropology
Ron Strauss, Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer
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Dr. Peacock addresses friends and family.

Dr. Peacock also gave a moving speech that chronicled his career, including his travels to Indonesia and his forty eight years of service as a faculty member at UNC. Among the many friends and family gathered from the university and community were Peacock’s own wife Florence, two of his daughters Louly and Natalie, son-in-law Emiliano, and two granddaughters Isabella and Lucilla.


The celebration was hosted by the Department of Anthropology with additional support provided by UNC Global and the College of Arts and Sciences.


The Anthropology Department would like to give special thanks to Jonathan Hartlyn, Niklaus Steiner, and Ingrid Smith for their assistance in event planning and to Alison Domonoske ’15 for photographing the celebration.

Dr. Steponaitis Receives Faculty Award

the-dean-and-dr-steponaitis-photo-1-300x200At the 2015 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, Dr. Vin Steponaitis was awarded the 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring.  His nomination for the award came from current and former graduate students who touted his generosity, his guidance, and his encouragement.  Dr. Steponaitis has been with the University, the Department of Anthropology, and the Research Laboratories of Archaeology since 1988 and has mentored over 20 students since then.  Congratulations, Vin!

Faculty Members Awarded URC Grants

We congratulate the following faculty members who have been awarded grants by the University Research Council to continue their work!


Charles Price

Publication grant for his new book —

Rasta: The Evolution of a People and Their Identity.


Amanda Thompson

Research grant for her project —

Exploring the Impacts of Caesarian Sections on Infant Health and Development: A Pilot Project in the Galapagos Islands.  


Colin West

Research grant for his project —

Explaining Vegetation Trends in Sahelian West Africa: Remote Sensing, Ethnography, and GIS.


Graduate Students Orisanmi Burton and Maia Dedrick Awarded Wenner-Gren Grants

We congratulate Orisanmi Burton and Maia Dedrick who have both been awarded dissertation fieldwork grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation

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Orisanmi Burton was awarded the Wenner-Gren grant for work on his dissertation research tentatively entitled  Taller than the Wall: Carceral Activism in the Empire State, 1971-Present.  This research examines how incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people draw on their experiences of imprisonment to create knowledge about prisons, race, and social justice in the United States.


Maia Dedrick was awarded the Wenner-Gren grant for work to be conducted from September 2015 – April 2016 for a proposed research project entitled Food Systems at Late Classic through Colonial Period Tahcabo, Yucatán, Mexico.  Her fieldwork will involve excavation as well as ceramic, lithic, and especially botanical analyses of residential and garden contexts.

Departmental Award Winners for 2014-2015

We extend our sincere congratulations to the 2014-2015 Departmental award winners!

  • The Honigmann Graduate Prize in Sociocultural Anthropology — Diana Gomez
  • The Manning Dissertation Award — Natalia Suit
  • The Polgar Award for Applied Anthropology — Caela O’Connell
  • The Undergraduate Award for Anthropological Engagement — Courtney Shepard

Graduate Students Given Financial Awards for 2015 and 2016

Congratulations to the following graduate students who’ve won financial awards for 2015 and 2016!

Dissertation Completion Fellowship for Academic Year 2015-2016 Amelia Fiske
Dissertation Completion Fellowship: Royster Society of Fellows for Academic Year 2015-2016 David Cranford Kelly Houck
Werner Friedrich Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship for Academic Year 2015-16 Jami Powell
Wenner-Gren Dissertation Grant  Orisanmi Burton Maia Dedrick
Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship for Fall 2015 Orisanmi Burton Brittany Chamberlain
Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Summer Research Award for 2015 Jami Powell
Institute for African American Research Summer Graduate Research Grant for 2015 Orisanmi Burton
Richard Bland Fellowship Summer 2015 Geoffrey Ryan Hughes
Summer Research Fellowship for 2015 Brittany Chamberlain