Swallow Hall, a 19th Century Gothic Building,
home of the Department of Anthropology


Three faculty members in the College of Arts and Science have accepted invitations to become 2019-20 University of Missouri System Presidential Engagement Fellows

“Sex- and age-based differences in mortality during the 1918 influenza pandemic on the island of Newfoundland” explores how differences in social organization, labor patterns, and day to day activities of the people of Newfoundland contributed to

The Department of Anthropology is proud to present several upcoming lectures:

September 17th

Paul Smaldino "The Natural Selection of Bad Science" S110 Memorial Union – 12 to 12 – 1:30 pm

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Associate Professor   Libby Cowgill  , Anthropology

Two Anthropology students have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, one of the nations most prestigious academic honor societies. Tessa Valleroy and Claire Reilling were selected as juniors, which is an especially impressive honor.

In the 1960s, archaeologists discovered in a valley near coastal Peru an artificial mound or pyramid with a crater in the top.

Congratulations to the following for completing their MA/Ph.D.:

Kate Trusler (Ph.D., Archaeology)

“Evaluating Socioeconomic Status Using Food Utility Indices in Historical Faunal Assemblages"

An article on Dr. Libby Cowgill and James Bain's research.

Click here for the article



The Department of Anthropology, along with other faculty from several other departments have extavlished a new, interdisciplinary colloquium series called "Evolution & Social Science" (ESS).

Speaker: Pascal Boyer; Henry Luce Professor of Collective and Individual Memory; Washington University, St. Louis Professor, Sociocultural Anthropology and Psychology

Dana is the recipient of the Wenner Gren Foundation Award for Anthropological Research Dissertation Fieldwork Grant.

After two years of renovations the Department of Anthropology has returned to Swallow Hall.  Along with our office, the Department of Art History and Archaeology has also relocated to Swallow Hall.  Please stop by and see our new home in

This year there are 3 awards to help fund excellent graduate student research!

Evolution Bootcamp (Bio_Sc 8002-01). This 1-credit hour course will take place during the intersession from January 11-15th.

The University of Missouri’s Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position in Anthropological Archaeology at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level starting