Table of Contents

A Letter from the Chair

Circles Unbroken
Archaeology at Kiskiak
Language Revitalization in Louisiana
Meet the New Grad Students
The Africatown Project
By Bicycle to Katmandu
Student Shorts
Budding Archaeologist Digs for Pumpkin Pie
A Summer of Chimpanzees
Recent Publications

Previous Newsletters

Fall 2009 (pdf)

Spring 2009 (pdf)

Spring 2008 (pdf)

Winter 2006(pdf)

Full listing of departmental news stories 


     One of the happy duties of my new position as Chair of the Department of Anthropology is to greet you in our latest newsletter, and to update you about our exciting program, faculty, and students. We are now in our 42nd year as a department, which was founded in 1968. This year we welcome a new faculty member, Dr. Götz Hoppe, an anthropologist of science, and say a regretful goodbye to three other members, Dr. Mary Voigt, and Drs. Richard and Sally Price. Our graduate program is now in its tenth year, and we have two new PhD's to our credit, with others scheduled to defend their theses this spring. Our faculty are researching topics as diverse as historical biology, primate communication, Andulasian music, Native American archaeology, and the "slow food" movement. Our graduate students also represent a variety of research interests, including the archaeology of Barbados and Bermuda, the African diaspora, Native American languages, and the lives of Alaskan bush pilots. Our undergraduates are active in the Anthropology Club, and are often to be found helping in the archaeology labs, at local Pow-wows, on field trips to area zoos, and in our department office!  We welcomed many alums back for our homecoming reception on October 22, 2010, and hope to see even more of you in the future. Please let us know what you are doing, and contribute your news to our alumni page if you can. Best wishes for a productive and happy year.

Kathleen Bragdon, Chair, Department of Anthropology, The College of William and Mary.