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Department of Anthropology

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Discover our state of the art teaching and research facilities.

Graduate Programs

Our anthropological research and graduate training program includes the archaeological, biological, and socialcultural subfields.


What our researchers share in common is a commitment to discovery. Through smart collaboration we are continuously expanding our depth and breadth of knowledge and exploring new ways of contributing to a brighter world.

Undergraduate Programs

The unique skills and perspectives that an Anthropology degree provides is an understanding about how we are all shaped by the cultural, social, political, and historical contexts in which we live.

Remembering Anne Keenleyside

Members of our Department were saddened to hear of the passing of McMaster Anthropology Alum and Trent University Professor Anne Keenleyside. Anne was a biological anthropologist who earned two of her degrees with us, and was a friend and colleague to many. Sincerest condolences go to her friends, family, and all who knew her.
Nov 04, 2022

In Solidarity with the people of Iran

Dear Iranians of Canada and the world, We acknowledge and support your fight for justice and against oppression. Considering the ongoing protests against the unjust murder of Mahsa Amini, who was detained and beaten to death by the Islamic Republic’s Morality Police for improper hijab on September 16, 2022, we support the people of Iran in their demand to end violence against women and compulsory hijab in Iran. We also stand by the people of Iran in their demands for justice. Iranians have endured many acts of violence and brutality by the Islamic Republic’s Police Force and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). We denounce these acts of violence and recognize these actions as violations of human rights and crimes against humanity.
Oct 09, 2022

Analysis of everyday tools challenges long-held ideas about what drove major changes in ancient Greek society

McMaster Anthropology's Tristan Carter and colleague Vassilis Kilikoglou publish a modern scientific analysis of ancient stone tools challenging long-held beliefs about what caused radical change on the island of Crete, where the first European state flourished during the Bronze Age: the ‘Minoan civilization.’
Aug 29, 2022

Tenure-Track Position Available, Biological Anthropology

We are seeking to appoint a biological anthropologist with research and teaching interests in disease, either infectious or non-communicable, in humans. The position will remain open until it is filled.
Jul 05, 2022

Meet Mac grad, Daniela Orsi

Daniela Orsi graduated this week with an undergraduate degree in anthropology. Daniela's love of learning about new cultures and people inspired her to pursue studies in anthropology, and now she's looking forward to a career in forensics.
Jun 17, 2022

Ending child hunger and food insecurity needs to be a top priority in Canada as well as globally

Tina Moffat, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, McMaster University, was recently featured in the Conversation.
Jun 08, 2022