Team up with faculty on groundbreaking anthropological research.
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.
We have a traditional focus on the circumpolar North. Recent departmental growth has resulted in a new thematic focus on language, culture, and evolution.
The graduate program offers students the opportunity to concentrate study in one of the four sub-fields, to gain research experience and training in the field and in the laboratory, and emphasizes empirical and applied studies.
Dr. Albert Hafner, Professor of Archaeology at the,Institute of Archaeological Sciences of the University of Bern will join us to discuss his research into the Early Farmers of the European Alpine: the Archaeology of Lake Shore Settlements and Relations to Climatic Changes of the Holocene.
Prehistoric settlements in lakes and bogs from the period 5000-1000 BCE have been one of the most important archaeological sources on the early history of European agrarian societies since their discovery in the mid-19th century. The special preservation conditions under water provide aerobic conditions permitting the preservation of organic material such as wood, textiles and others that are usually missing in other contexts. Large quantities of wood samples allow year-precise dendrochronological dating that has been systematically applied for several decades. The fine-scale chronology provided by dendrochronology allows decipherment of the architectural structure of settlements as well as their building history.
The presentation will provide an overview of underwater archaeological research in lakes of the alpine region of Switzerland. A short survey of a high alpine site in the Bernese Alps will be presented to further explore the impact of climatic influences. The presentation concludes with a reflection on an ongoing research project in lakes of the southern Balkans.
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In February 1942, the American government began to intern American citizens of Japanese descent living in military zones established in California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. However, more than a year before the start of World War II, the FBI began creating lists of foreign nationals to be arrested in the
event of war with Japan. The resulting arrests began in Alaska the day of the Pearl Harbor attack.
This presentation examines how a chance discovery during a cultural resources survey led to an archaeological study of the Fort Richardson Internment Camp and the ongoing effort to learn and tell the unique history of World War II internment in Alaska.
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