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. 

Archived 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

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".

Congratulations to Our New Graduates!

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!

ANSO Raises Funds for Nepal

The ANSO raised $750 over three days to benefit the people of Nepal. Proceeds were sent to Direct Relief, a nonprofit which works with local Non-Governmental Organizations: Thank you for everyone's support!

Petra, Jordan Field School Student Featured

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.

ANSO Annual Report

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

Department News

Dr. Charles Ewen interviewed for the New York Times. Is it the Roanoke Island Colony? Read more to find out!

This summer two undergraduate anthropology students at East Carolina University, Tyler Beasley and Anna Lawrence, worked as interns for the Hyde County Office of Planning and Economic Development through the State Employees' Credit Union Foundation public service internship program. Both interns worked on research projects aimed at improving economic development by better understanding the needs of the local business community.


Marina Clough, also an undergraduate anthropology student at East Carolina University, completed an internship at Wanchese Industrial Park and provided an overview of webpages and print media that write or advertise about sailing related events, helped plan the Regatta of Sail NC and conducted 40 interviews with participants.

 Dr. Holly Mathews and Dr. Laura Mazow were recognized for their outstanding teaching methods by students during the Spring 2015 semester from the College STAR.

Student response for Dr. Mathews:

"She gives feedback and forces her students to expand their mind and explore alternate theories or explanations. She wants her students to discuss topics in class instead of just listening to her talk the entire time."

Student response for Dr. Mazow:

"We have a small class which allows many opportunities for a lot of class discussion...She always provides feedback and answers to our journal entries and is always available when we need help." 

Congratulations to them both!