Dr. Bernard Perley to give keynote address to the Native American Foreign Affairs Council (NAFAC) at the U.S. Department of State Today

Congratulations to Bernie who was invited by the Native American Foreign Affairs Council (NAFAC) at the U.S. Department of State to give a keynote address (Thursday Nov. 29) to help them celebrate Native American Heritage Month 2018!

Dr. Middleton Interviewed about the Forensic Program by UWM’s InFocus

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dr. Emily Middleton, a recent addition to the Department of Anthropology, was interviewed about the growing Forensics program for the October edition of the College of Letters and Science InFocus Magazine. Read the full transcript Here!

Spring 2019 – New Course!

Anthro 212 – The Past on Tap: The Archaeology of Fermented Beverages This course provides an introduction to the archaeological, historical, physical, ethnographic and experimental evidence for the production and consumption of beer, wine, and other fermented beverages in the… Read More

Embattled Earth: Commodities,Conflict and Climate Change in the Indian Ocean

Thursday, November 1 2018 6:00 pm

UWM Peck School of the Arts
Music Recital Hall

Amitav Ghosh, one of the most important novelists and essayists of our
time, traces the entangled history of commodities, conflict and climate
change in the Indian Ocean. Since the time of Vasco da Gama’s voyage,
the Indian Ocean has been the theatre of intense imperial rivalries over
commodities and resources. For centuries the main players in these
conflicts were Western colonial powers, but lately the countries of the
Indian Ocean rim have themselves become major consumers of
resources, and thus, the principal drivers of anthropogenic climate
change, an ongoing process that will have catastrophic consequences for
the billions of people who live around the Indian Ocean. This lecture
explores the continuities between the resource conflicts of the past and
the future by focusing on two transformative imperial wars: the
Anglo-Dutch spice wars of the 17th century and the 1st Opium War of
1840-42. It also poses a question: are the imperatives of empire and
military supremacy among the major drivers of climate change?

Recent Graduate Rick Edwards is Awarded MAC Dissertation Award

Recent graduate Rick Edwards has been awarded the Midwest Archaeological Conference-University of Notre Dame Press Dissertation Award.   Rick’s dissertation, The Canine Surrogacy Approach and Paleobotany: An Analysis of Wisconsin Oneota Agricultural Production and Risk Management Strategies, was selected by the Editors and Editorial Board… Read More

Recent PhD Kevin Gartski has chapter published in edited volume

Recent PhD Kevin Garstki, now a post-doc at the University of Buffalo, has authored a chapter in an edited volume published by Cambridge University’s MacDonald Institute on Authenticity and Cultural Heritage.

Allyse Freeman receives the Association of Midwest Museums Promising Leadership Award

2014 Anthropology MS/Museum Studies graduate and current Curator at the Minnesota Discovery Center, Allyse Freeman, has received the Association of Midwest Museums Promising Leadership Award for her professionalism and direction of the museum to extraordinary heights while demonstrating leadership abilities… Read More

Faculty member Bettina Arnold’s “Erasure of the past” to receive second printing

Faculty member Bettina Arnold has had an article in the Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology accepted for a second printing: “Erasure of the past”. In: Claire Smith (ed) Encylopedia of Global Archaeology, 2nd ed. New York:  Springer. DOI:

Cheri Price awarded FLAS Fellowship to study Mixtec language

Cheri Price, archaeology PhD student, has been awarded a second Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She will continue studying Mixtec in Oaxaca, Mexico, this summer in preparation for her dissertation research… Read More

Recent PhD Kevin Garstki accepts post-doc position at University of Buffalo (SUNY)

Recent PhD Kevin Garstki has accepted a post-doctoral position at the Institute for European and Ancient Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Buffalo (SUNY) for 2018-2019, where he will organize a conference and publication on 3-D digital modeling in archaeology:…. Read More