Upcoming Events

Bort and James Young Scholarships in Anthropology Now Open for Applications

The Bort and the James Young Scholarships in Anthropology are awarded annually to ECU students with a declared major in Anthropology. They will be presented at the end of each academic year to students who, in the judgment of the Selection Committee, have excelled in anthropology-related studies and who have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. The award recipient will receive a cash prize that must be applied to tuition or other educational expenses in the following academic year. Therefore, only students returning to ECU for the 2015-2016 school year are eligible. Previous award winners are not eligible.

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their anthropology-related achievements in the past two years along with a resume. Applicants should be sure to include their banner ID number and indicate their major and minor fields of study; any noteworthy academic achievements and/or memberships in honorary societies; extracurricular and volunteer activities, especially those related to anthropology; and other activities such as participation in the ECU Research/Creative Activity Week, tutoring experience, outreach activities, and any other anthropology-related activities like study abroad or involvement in field schools. The application materials must be submitted to Dr. Randy Daniel, Chair of the Anthropology Department, by February 9, 2016. 

Old News

Archive of Department News and Events

 ANSO Raises Funds for Ebola

The Anthropology Student Organization (ASO) raised funds with Project Tumara to provide education and donations for the Ebola outbreak. Check out The East Carolinian for more details!

Dr. Griffith-HCAS Distinguished Professor

Dr. David Griffith received the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor Award and is announced as the Interim Director for the Institute of Coastal Science and Policy!

Dr. Bailey-New Book Published

Dr. Eric Bailey published his new book: The New Face of America: How the Emerging Multiracial, Multiethnic Majority is Changing the United States.

National Anthropology Day 

On February 19th, the Department celebrated National Anthropology Day by hosting a public open house. Displays were presented in the labs, and mini-lectures and anthropology films were presented. 


Dr. Ewen Elected President of SHA

Dr. Charles Ewen was elected president of the Society for Historic Archaeology, one of the largest anthropological organizations in the United States.


North Carolina Archaeology Journal Publication

Congratulations to our graduate students published in the North Carolina Archaeology Journal!

  • New Data, Old Methods: The Rediscovery, Definition, and Functional Analysis of the George Moore House at Colonial Brunswick Town, by Jennifer L. Gabriel, pp. 71-93
  • NAGPRA's Impact on Academic Research in North Carolina and the Southeast, by William C. Broughton, pp. 94-121
  • Archaeologists as Activists: Can Archaeologists Change the World?, edited by M. Jay Stottman (book review), by Hannah P. Smith, pp. 130-136

New Edited Volume-British Archaeology Report

New edited volume from the British Archaeological Reports: Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and Dr. Mordechai Haiman (Israel Antiquities Authority).

Ready to Write

On Tuesday January 27, Dr. Bailey and three other professors shared the ins and outs of writing and publishing. This panel of authors answered questions about why they chose to write books, how they select their publishers, and how they balance teaching, research, and writing: offering advice for would-be authors based on personal experience.

ECU Course Links Students Around the World

 Linked by live video conferencing, Internet chat software and social media, ECU students were connected with their counterparts in different countries. Anthropology 1050: Global Understanding connected with Algerian students to discuss their cultures. Read the full article at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/globalclassroom.cfm

Dr. Avenarius Delivers Sea Level Rise Lecture

The North Carolina Studies program hosted Dr. Christine Avenarius for her lecture "What sea-level rise? An ethnographic account of Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde County residents' observations about environmental change".

Department News

Check out the accomplishments and activities of the Anthropology Student Organization in the latest Annual Report!

 Congratulations to all of our new graduates in Anthropology! The graduation ceremony was held on Friday and was well attended by family and friends. Thanks to all of our faculty and staff that helped make the event a success! Check out one of our featured graduates interviewed on WNCT!

The Anthropology Student Organization (ANSO) raised $750 during a bake sale over 3 days for earthquake survivors in Nepal.  Proceeds were sent to Direct Relief, a nonprofit which works with local Non-Governmental Organizations: http://www.directrelief.org/emergency/ Thank you for everyone's support!

 Check out the latest Department of Anthropology Spring 2015 newsletter highlighting some of our recent activities! Download a copy here.

 Discovery is a core characteristic of pirates at ECU! See our Anthropology summer field school student, Mansi Trivedi, explain some of the discoveries in Jordan on the latest ECU Values video.