Buonasera Receives NSF DDIG

 TITLE: NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Beyond Acorns and Small Seeds: A Diachronic Functional Analysis of Mortuary Associated Ground Stone from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gauri Pathak's MA Work Recently Published

Gauri Pathak's MA work was recently published as an article in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.  The article is called "Delivering the Nation: The Dabbawalas of Mumbai."  Gauri is now a UA PhD student in medical anthropology.



The dabbawalas of Mumbai, India, currently ubiquitous in the Indian media, are a community of around five thousand semi-literate people who efficiently deliver lunches daily from homes to... Read more

Tanner Endowed Professorship

 This past summer John F. Tanner entered into an agreement with The University of Arizona Foundation to create The Clara Lee Tanner Endowed Professorship to benefit the School of Anthropology. The professor receiving this named professorship shall be a faculty member who is anthropologically trained and who will teach courses to undergraduate and graduate students that deal with Native American peoples, their material culture, and their societies through time,... Read more

John Tanner Passes

 We are sad to report that at 4 AM on Friday, August 20, 2010, John Tanner passed away with family at his bedside. The family has yet to make plans for a memorial. His daughter, Sandy Elers, reported that on Tuesday, he sat up and downed a large dish of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce with no problem. He greeted Karl with a firm handshake and "What a treat!", albeit a little slurred. He had 98 years and 9 months of good life. Our daughter Louisa was at his bedside all... Read more

Ferguson Receives Multiple Grants

 T. J. Ferguson and Ken Hill at the University of Arizona and Peter Whiteley at the American Museum of Natural History have received a National Science Foundation grant ($143,000) from the Documenting Endangered Languages program to collaborate with the Hopi Tribe to record toponyms (place names). While most Hopis over the age of fifty learned Hopi as their first language, and remain fluent, today less that 5% of Hopis younger than nineteen speak the... Read more

Ferguson Interviewed by AAA President

 Hosted by AAA President Virginia R. Dominguez, “Inside the President’s Studio” features interviews with anthropologists about their ideas, research and passions. It is part of an ongoing effort to foster public, visible and active engagement with anthropologists. Become a part of the conversation by reading and listening to the interviews, adding your comments to the blog, and suggesting people or topics for future pieces.


July’s guest was archaeologist and... Read more

Ethnography and GIS Field Training Program Concludes First Season

 In partnership with the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Heritage Program, the School of Anthropology is hosting a three-year, Western Apache Ethnography and GIS Research Experience for Undergraduates Field Program.  Funded by a $254,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Sites program, eight students each summer for three years will spend six weeks learning ethnographic research and Geographic Information Systems theory and methods and putting... Read more

Raichlen Receives Collaborative NSF Grant

This summer David Raichlen was notified that a collaborative grant (abstract follows), of which his portion is $62,342, was awarded by NSF. The title is: Collaborative Research: Trabecular bone ontogeny and locomotor development in humans and nonhuman primates.

Project Summary:

The principle objective of this project is to establish the role of locomotor kinematics and external forces on the development of three-dimensional trabecular bone structure by... Read more

Two Alumni Make Notable Discovery

After sheltering jeweled royals for centuries, the oldest known tomb in Mesoamerica was uncovered last April. Apparently caught between two cultures, the 2,700-year-old pyramid in Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico may help settle a debate as to how and when the mysterious and unique culture called the Zoque emerged from the Olmec, one of the oldest civilizations in the New World.

Bruce R. Bachand (Ph.D. 2006) and Emiliano Gallaga Murrieta (Ph.D. 2006) are the... Read more

A Decade of Death

Nearly 2,000 people have died in Arizona trying to cross the border illegally in the past decade — and most of them end up at the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office. The Arizona Daily Star takes you behind the scenes of this annual summer onslaught of identity puzzles.


Dr. Bruce Anderson, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Forensic Anthropologist with the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office, and Robin Reineke, graduate student are... Read more