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Upcoming Events 

Conference Schedule for the 2014-'15 School Year

Dec 3-7, 2014: American Anthropology Association Conference in Washington, D.C.

Jan 6-11, 2015: Society for Historical Archaeology Conference in Seattle, Washington.

Apr 15-19, 2015: Society for American Archaeology Conference in San Francisco, California.

Apr 29 - May 3, 2015: Canadian Archaeology Association Conference in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.


Bort Scholarship in Anthropology Now Open for Applications

The Bort Scholarship in Anthropology is a scholarship awarded annually to an East Carolina University student with a declared major in Anthropology.  It will be presented at the end of each academic year to the student who, in the judgment of the Selection Committee, has most excelled in his/her Anthropology-related studies and has a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. The award recipient will receive a cash prize in the spring that must be applied to tuition or other educational expenses in the following academic year.  Therefore, only students returning for the following school year are eligible.

The Selection Committee will consist of three Anthropology faculty members appointed by the Unit Chair. As the academic advisor, the Unit Chair should serve as a resource person to the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will solicit applications from all declared Anthropology majors who have been enrolled at ECU during the past year and who will be returning the following year, to be submitted to an appointed selection committee member.  Previous awardees are not eligible.

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their Anthropology-related achievements in the past year in 250 words or less and their curriculum vitae.  Applicants should be sure to note their unique academic achievements, their extracurricular contributions to the program, their participation in the ECU Undergraduate or Graduate Research/Creative Activity Week or similar extramural scholarly venues, tutoring experience, outreach activities, and any other Anthropology-related activities that enhance their profile. The application materials must be submitted to the Unit Chair by March 17, 2014.



Department News

  • Dr. Mathews spoke at the "Is There Still Bias Against Women?" session which spoke about gender inequality from the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women a ECU.
  • Dr. Perry and the summer bioarchaeology field school students are the Winter 2014 cover story of East magazine.
  • Dr. Boudreaux and the summer archaeology field school students were featured in the Charlotte Observer.
  • Dr. Megan Perry and Dr. Tony Boudreaux gave an overview of their summer excavations at the latest FaculTea.

Tony Boudreaux Lecture - Oct 29 2014 low 

Megan Perry Lecture - Oct 29 2014 low


  • Dr. Holly Mathews joins an interdisciplinary discussion panel on the Ebola Outbreak. The resulting article from the Daily Reflector describes the panel and discussion!
  • The Anthropology Student Organization (ASO) raised funds with Project Tumara to provide education and donations for the Ebola outbreak. Check out The East Carolinian article for more details!
  • 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 (see below on left)!
  • Dr. Eric Bailey published his new book, cover shown below on right, The New Face of America: How the Emerging Multiracial, Multiethnic Majority is Changing the United States.
  • Check out the Department of Anthropology newsletter highlighting some of our recent activities! Download a copy here.
  • 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
  • Dr. Charles Ewen was elected president of the Society for Historic Archaeology, one of the largest anthropological organizations in the United States.
  • Dr. David Griffith recently received NSF funding for the research project "Managed Migration and the Value of Labor." To find out more about his upcoming research project, click here.

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