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.

Anthropology After Dark

Public Open House

Thursday, February 19th, 6pm-8:30pm

The American Anthropological Association is celebrating anthropology and anthropologists across the world through the declaration of National Anthropology Day on February 19, 2015. National Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate and participate in their discipline with the public.

In recognition of this event, the Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Student Organization at East Carolina University will host an open house to share with the local community the significant work of some of their faculty. This is a free event for the whole family. 

6:00 to 7:00 pm: Three mini–lectures

• “Cultural Anthropology in Eastern North Carolina: Understanding Local Observations and Perceptions about Sea Level Rise and Climate Change” – Dr. Christine Avenarius

• “All You Can Eat: What Does a Baboon’s Diet Says About Yours?” – Dr. James Loudon• “X Marks the Spot: The Archaeology of Piracy” – Dr. Charles Ewen


6:00 to  8:30 pm: Tours, Films, and Kids activities

• Tours of Phelps Archaeology Laboratories featuring artifact displays from current excavations including educational activities for children (ages 6 and up).

• Anthropology film viewing and informal discussions with faculty and students.


7:30 pm: Light Refreshments (sponsored by the Anthropology Student Organization)


Questions? Contact Dr. Randy Daniel, 252-328-9455 (danieli@ecu.edu).

Free public parking is available in the large B1 lot at the bottom of College Hill Drive.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least 48 hours prior to the event at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY)).

Anthropology After Dark


North Carolina Studies Presents:

February 25, 2015, 3pm

Joyner Library

"What sea-level rise? An ethnographic account of Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde County residents’ observations about environmental change"

Dr. Christine Avenarius, ECU Department of Anthropology

Event Details




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.

Department News

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. 

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".

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

 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

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).

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.

 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.