Anthropology Department

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"The Department of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary offers strong programs in undergraduate and graduate studies. Our faculty and focus reach around the world, fostering an interdisciplinary culture, with long-standing links to the American Studies Program, Department of History, Music, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. It offers course work in all four subfields of anthropology and in all the major geographic areas of the world."[1]

"Advanced studies in historical archaeology and historical anthropology enable a broad spectrum of perspectives onto our past -- an enriching experience for undergraduates and advanced students alike. The Anthropology Department also is partnered with the Institute for Historical Biology, the American Indian Research Center, the Werowocomoco Research Group, and the William and Mary Center for Archaeological Research."[2]

The department began its Master's degree program in historical archaeology under the direction of Norman Barka in the the late 1970s. The doctoral program was approved in February of 2000 and began classes in the fall semester of 2001. Summer field school excavations have taken at a variety of locations including St. Eustasis, Shirley Plantation, Flowerdew Hundred, Kingsmill Plantation, Werowocomoco, the Ravenscroft Site in Colonial Williamsburg and Barbados.


  • Department of Anthropology webpage,, accessed 18 February 2009.
  • Anthropology, University Archives Subject File, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

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