The Department of Anthropology was founded in 1935 as part of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alaska. The first undergraduate degrees in Anthropology were given in 1959, the first MA degrees in 1968 and the first PhD degrees in 1988. We are the only anthropology program in the United States that maintains a holistic approach to circumpolar studies, providing instruction and research in all aspects of anthropology.
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Archaeological Field School

The UAF Anthropology Department is excited to announce this year's archaeology field school in the Shaw Creek Basin in interior Alaska. UAF anthropology professor Dr. Ben Potter and PhD candidate Gerad Smith will be the instructors for the field school. Dr. Potter has led past nationally recognized field schools at the Mead and Gerstle River sites in interior Alaska for the last 20 years. UAF researchers and collaborators Drs. Charles Holmes and Joshua Reuther will be involved in the field work and geoarchaeology studies. For student testimony on UAF's past field schools, just see this blog entry on the Archaeological Institute of America website by Emily Maskas: The field school is May 15th to June 17th. Applications are due March 1st.
To be considered, apply early by contacting Dr. Ben Potter ( or Gerad Smith ( for more information. For more information, you can visit:

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