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Anthropology News Stories

Erin Cearlock
Humor and Heritage

What's Your &? Since our founding, the spirit of the ampersand has been a part of William & Mary. For us, it is more than just a symbol, it is who we are. We’ve highlighted some amazing stories of how students showcase the ands in their lives. Their involvements, passions, and accomplishments show how William & Mary students are getting career ready and learning new things every day.

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What Can the Shell Tell? Dr. Martin Gallivan and Dr. Jessica Jenkins' Research Featured on VA Archaeology Month Poster

Each year the Department of Historic Resources produces an archaeology month poster, often in collaboration with other organizations or museums. This year, they have partnered with Dr. Martin Gallivan from the College of William & Mary and Dr. Jessica Jenkins from Flagler College to highlight their joint research initiative on archaeological oyster deposits that will help understand past human-environmental relationships and guide current and future conservation efforts.

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Recent William & Mary Anthropology Graduates Thrive in New CRM Careers

Recent William & Mary Anthropology alumni Carol Oordt and Mary Lawrence Young sat down with Tomos Evans to discuss their current work in Cultural Resource Management in Hawai'i, how their One-Year MA degrees at William & Mary prepared them for this, and what advice they have for current or prospective students interesting in taking on careers in CRM.

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Ph.D. Candidate Chardé Reid Awarded a Prestigious Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Doctoral Candidate Chardé Reid, recently awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship to complete her doctoral research, sits down with friend and colleague Tomos Evans to discuss her journey as an archaeologist, doctoral researcher, and transforming approaches to American history via community-based archaeology.

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Tomos Llywelyn Evans Awarded Dumbarton Oaks and Smithsonian Fellowships

Doctoral Candidate Tomos Llywelyn Evans will be undertaking consecutive fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in 2023-2024. His friend and colleague Chardé Reid interviews him about his research, and how the two fellowships will shape his work.

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William & Mary Alumni Spotlights: Dr. Summer Moore

William & Mary Anthropology alumna Dr. Summer Moore discusses with Tomos Evans the influence of her doctoral studies on her current work in Hawai?i, keeping her foot in the door of academia, and any advice she has for current and prospective students interested in working in CRM.

Archaeology Colloquium in Tahiti Sparks Collaboration

Archaeologists ask questions in their search for knowledge. They ask the dirt they excavate to reveal a narrative of the past. They coax out patterns in the data they compile. They ask ancient bones to tell a story. However, to build a nuanced approximation of the past, they ask questions of each other.

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Romantic passion, social justice and the Brontës

For years, Professor Deborah Denenholz Morse’s classes on Victorian fiction and the Brontës have been popular with W&M students from a variety of majors. Now, anyone can experience Morse’s fascinating lectures through her new course on Audible.

Mark D. Anderson Wins 2021 Sutlive Book Prize

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce Mark D. Anderson as the winner of the 2021 Vinson Sutlive Prize for his book From Boas to Black Power: Racism, Liberalism, and American Anthropology.

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Mapping campus love stories

As fellows at W&M’s Center for Geospatial Analysis, Kira Holmes ’17 and Colleen Truskey ’17 showed the power of maps.

Dr. Michael Blakey to Participate in "Reclaiming the Ancestors" Panel

On September second Dr. Blakey Michael Blakey will be a panelist for "Reclaiming the Ancestors: Indigenous and Black Perspectives on Repatriation, Human Rights, and Justice," sponsored by the the Society of Black Archaeologists, in partnership with the Indigenous Archaeology Collective and the Peabody Museum.