Anthropology

Many universities, including the University of Arizona, have been forced to cancel in-person graduation ceremonies because of COVID-19. This photo was taken during the 2018 ceremony.
April 9, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of countless time-honored rituals. Maribel Alvarez in the School of Anthropology says creating new rituals can help ease the pain.
Terry Hunt is one of the world's foremost experts on the Pacific Islands, which includes Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island.
Jan. 10, 2019
New research suggests the locations of the iconic monuments on Rapa Nui can be explained by their proximity to the island’s limited freshwater sources.
A Mixteca-style mask decorated with turquoise mosaic from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution-National Museum of the American Indian (Photo: Alyson M. Thibodeau)
June 14, 2018
Scholars have argued that the Aztec and Mixtec civilizations acquired turquoise through import from the Southwest. However, analyses reveal the true geologic source as Mesoamerica.
Aerial view of the Ceibal region in Guatemala. Lasers powerful enough to penetrate the dense jungle canopy allowed archaeologists to accurately map the ground surface below. (Photo courtesy of Takeshi Inomata)
March 5, 2018
A team of archaeologists, using LiDAR and led by UA professor Takeshi Inomata, is exploring the history and spread of settlement at the ancient Maya site of Ceibal in Guatemala.
A graphic reconstruction of the earliest solar temple complex (1,000 B.C.) discovered by Takeshi Inomata and his team at Ceibal (Image courtesy of Takeshi Inomata)
Dec. 18, 2017
UA archaeologist Takeshi Inomata explains why Maya civilization was fascinated with the movement of the sun: They were seeking a way to understand the universe.
Nov. 20, 2017
David Soren is well-known and loved in Italy's Umbria region, where he has worked on projects for more than 30 years. Now an olive named for him will be marketed internationally.
This ceramics workshop on the Greek island of Paros was preserved beneath a modern residence. (Photo courtesy of Eleni Hasaki)
June 12, 2017
The UA's Eleni Hasaki and her collaborators created a searchable database of hundreds of Greek kiln locations, spanning nearly 5,000 years of history, to help archaeologists.
UA architecture students will travel to Italy with the Arizona in Italy Orvieto Study Abroad Program. While there, they will develop plans for a museum and exhibition center in the town of Lugnano. (Photo courtesy of the UA Office of Global Initiatives)
May 16, 2017
Architecture students will travel to Italy to develop plans for a museum and exhibition center in Lugnano in Taverina, which was hit by a deadly malaria outbreak in the fifth century. It's part of the UA's largest study abroad program, offered through the Office of Global Initiatives.
UA anthropology professor Daniela Triadan excavates the collapsed facade of the royal palace of Ceibal, which was burned during the Classic Maya collapse in the ninth century. (Photo: Takeshi Inomata)
Jan. 23, 2017
A team led by UA professor Takeshi Inomata developed a high-precision chronology that sheds new light on patterns leading up to the two major collapses of the Maya civilization.

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