Graduate Student Wins Place in Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice

Peles PhotoChosen from among 200 applicants, Ashley Peles has won a place in the Institute for Digital Archaeology Method and Practice, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Their meetings which will more deeply develop skill and practice in digital archaeology will take place on Michigan State University’s campus in August of 2015 and 2016.

We are proud of the great work she is doing and support her participation in this wonderful opportunity!

Dr. Catherine Besteman to Give Talk on Somalia

Anthropologist Dr. Catherine Besteman of Colby College will visit UNC at Chapel Hill for two major events.  On Tuesday, April 7th at 12:30 PM in Room 4003 of the FedEx Global Education Center, Dr. Besteman will present “Somalia’s Global Civil War:  A Story of How Farmers Become Refugees”.  The event is free and open to all area faculty and graduate students of any discipline.  Contact Stacey Sewall for more information.  She will then discuss the experiences of Somali Bantu refugees in Lewiston, Maine on Thursday, April 9th at 12:30 PM in Room 4003 of the FedEx Global Education Center in a talk titled “Hostile Charity:  Humanitarianism(?), Assimilation(?), and Somali Bantu Refugees in Maine” as part of the Middle East Refugees Awareness Week.  For more information on this event, contact Emma Harver.

Dr. Besteman’s visit is sponsored by the Department of AnthropologySomalia Event, the African Studies Center, the Carolina Seminars Program, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Center for Global Initiatives, the Department of History, and the Department of African, African-American & Diaspora Studies.

Collaborative Archaeological Heritage Project in the Yucatan

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17th century sanctuary in Tahcabo, presently threatened by a number of factors.

Using a site preservation grant from the AIA and as members of the Proyecto Arqueologíco Colaborativo del Oriente de Yucatán, Patricia McAnany and Sarah Rowe are working with Ivan Batún of the State Archives of the Yucatan on a collaborative archaeology project in Tahcabo focused on heritage issue awareness and promoting preservation strategies.

A video with more detailed information about this important work can be viewed here.

Phi Beta Kappa 2014-2015 Initiates

The Department of Anthropology congratulates our undergraduate majors and minors named among Phi Beta Kappa’s Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 initiates!


*Arthur Cade Barefoot *Nicole Davis *Madeline McCleary Gillon

*Corinne Celeste Goudreault *Nicholas Li-wen Hatcher *Jane Parker Jacobson

*Carson Elizabeth Rouse *Ava Noelle Wells

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*Caitlin Bissette Biddell *Yasemin Canan Cole *Rachel Elizabeth Jordan

*Sarah McWilliams Kennedy *Lana Nichole Nye *Susan Elise Pizzolato

*Claire Elizabeth Porter *Mary Kaitlyn Tsai