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Ancient Roman libation tubes that connected the living to the dead

The practice of “pouring one out” on a grave goes way back. Some Roman graves had a libation tube to deliver wine & food to the deceased according to Associate Professor and Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr. Tracy Prowse
Nov 05, 2018

How Russians have helped fuel the rise of Germany's far right

The political power of Germany's Russian community is significant, and it's helped fuel the rise of the right-wing, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party known as the AfD says Anthropologist Petra Rethmann, Director of the McMaster Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition.
Nov 01, 2018

Graduation – Student Checklist

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable convocation ceremony for you and your guests, please make certain you complete the following tasks by the appropriate deadlines. If you intend to graduate but will not be attending your ceremony, there are still tasks that must be completed to finalize your graduation.
Oct 29, 2018

New Book- Russia: Anthropological Insights

Dr. Petra Rethmann's new book, Russia: Anthropological Insights, "offers a brief introduction to the anthropological study of Russia. Moving beyond the conceptual iron curtain that has divided past study of Russia into "East" and "West," it situates Russia in a global context and provides readers with all of the necessary analytical tools for understanding the complex cultural and social configurations of the contemporary Russian Federation.
Oct 24, 2018

Apply for the McCall MacBain International Fellowship

Valued at up to $23,500 per fellowship for up to 10 McMaster students, the McCall MacBain International Fellowship will offer you the chance to learn a new language, study, and gain work experience in a country of your interest.
Oct 22, 2018

Anthropology Colloquium Series “Towards A Sustainable Approach: Canid Isotopic Dietary Signatures”

Please join us Wednesday October 24, 3:30 – 5:00 pm in KTH 109 for the talk “Towards A Sustainable Approach: Canid Isotopic Dietary Signatures” by Dr. Bonnie Glencross and Dr. Gary Warrick, Wilfrid Laurier University
Oct 11, 2018

New Book: Athapaskan Matriliny and Trade in Canada and Alaska

McMaster Anthropology Alumnus Wayne W. Allen explores Matriliny of Alaskan and Canadian indigenous groups in a new book, “Athapaskan Matriliny and Trade in Canada and Alaska”. Mr. Allen obtained his B.A. and M.A. at McMaster. Book copies are now available online.
Oct 11, 2018

McMaster's Faculty of Social Sciences is turning 50

Join us for a day of discovery as we celebrate 50 years of Social Sciences at McMaster! Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Oct 09, 2018

Wild Nights: Sleep and Human Evolution: A talk by Dr. David Samson, University of Toronto, Mississauga

What does how you sleep have to do with human evolution? Our immune strength, working memory, attention, decision-making, and visual-motor performance all depend on sleep. How then could elders’ insomnia and teenagers’ penchant for staying up late have evolved? Wednesday October 3, 3:30 – 5:00 pm KTH 109 ALL WELCOME!
Oct 02, 2018

Fall Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) information sessions

Come out to learn more about the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). The USRA provides you with an opportunity to receive funds of $3,500 to cover part-time, research-based activity over the Fall/Winter Terms.
Sep 24, 2018

The First World War and the 'forgotten' 1916 polio epidemic in New Zealand

A talk by Heather Battles, University of Aukland Wednesday, September 19, 3:30-5:30 LR Wilson Hall 1003 ALL WELCOME
Sep 19, 2018

Poverty, Advocacy, and Municipal Elections

Join us on October 2 to hear from campus and community leaders working to reduce poverty and advocate for change in Hamilton. You'll have the opportunity to hear personal stories and experiences from individuals who have been participating in the Ontario Basic Income Pilot and discuss the implications of the pilot cancellation.
Sep 18, 2018

Strands of hair provide clues into mystery surrounding doomed voyage

Lori D'Ortenzio a recent Anthropology Doctoral Graduate, has discovered further evidence indicating lead poisoning was just one of many different factors contributing to the deaths of the crew of the Franklin expedition.
Sep 07, 2018

Great Fall Courses!

Looking for some course ideas for the Fall? We have a some great options in our department and the rest of the Social Sciences.
Aug 15, 2018

How cutting-edge archaeology can improve public health

McMaster Anthropology professor and Canada Research Chair, Dr. Megan Brickley, writes about her research on Vitamin D deficiency in past populations and its significance to modern public health.
Jul 21, 2018

New course! The Anthropology of Monsters and Supernatural Beings

Anthropology 3W03 C02 - Special Topics in Anthropology: The Anthropology of Monsters and Supernatural Beings Fall Term 2018 Wednesdays 7:00 - 10:00pm
Jun 13, 2018

Archaeology team in Greece takes over McMaster instagram this week

Watch the McMaster University Instagram account (@McMasterU) this week for updates from the Stelida Naxos Archaeological Project in Greece.
Jun 12, 2018

Unraveling the mystery of the Hawk Mummy

Researcher Andrew Wade from the Department of Anthropology helps shed light on 'hawk' mummy that was really human.
Jun 03, 2018

Congratulations to Tyler Murchie on the Prestigous W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Tyler James Murchie on receiving the W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research from Council Norther Studies Trust!
May 29, 2018

McMaster is planting a new flag in the quest to connect students and employers

Hire McMaster, launching Thursday, April 26, is a new, united effort to connect employers with McMaster students for co-op placements, internships and other forms of experiential learning and permanent employment for recent graduates.
May 01, 2018

Neanderthal seafaring?

New archaeological evidence from Greece suggests that early humans, including Neanderthals, traveled by sea to remote islands.
Apr 30, 2018