Department of Anthropology

Anthropology At FAU!



Anthropology Department MA Graduate and Current Graduate Student Co-Author Children's Book



Alumni Sarah Nohe and current graduate student Rose Gualtieri wrote and illustrated a children's book, "The Misadventures of Sandy Trowels:  The Mystery of the Wizard Oil."  The book is about a girl who uses archaeological field techniques in her daily adventures.  The book is a wonderful introduction to archaeology and a great primer to illustrate the techniques of archaeological fieldwork.

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  Sarah Nohe, a graduate of FAU's MA program in Anthropology, is the outreach worker for the Southeast Region Center for Public Archaeology at FAU.  Rose Gualtieri is a master's student whose thesis research is the study of Preacher's Cave in Eleuthera, Bahamas.  The publishing of the book was made possible by a grant from the 2013 Southeastern Archaeology Conference.  All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to FPAN.  

Click to purchase the book at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/sandytrowels



FAU Graduate Student Gets to Study Newly Discovered Monkey Species in the Democratic Republic of Congo


Steven McPhee, Florida Atlantic University graduate student in the Anthropology Department, has been given the remarkable opportunity to study the behavior and abundance of the newly discovered monkey, lesula, one of ASU's top 10 new species of 2012.

This collaborative project will take Steven deep into the rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa, to a remote conservation area known as TL2. The TL2 conservation area is a 20,000 sq. km (12,427 miles) expanse that is ecologically rich in wildlife. The region is home to forest elephants, bonobos, okapi, Congo peacocks, leopards as well as many primate species. Because of the area's isolation, low human population, and unique ecology, a core area of the TL2 region has now been proposed as the Democratic Republic of Congo’s newest national park, the Lomami National Park.


Steven's goal is to further describe the behavior of this newest member of the primate family. Lesula is a very shy, cryptic species. Steven will collect camera trap photos and vocalization data to assess how unregulated hunting is affecting lesula populations throughout the national park.


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 Anthropology Graduate Students Have The Opportunity to Assist with Summer Field Research with Faculty Member

Graduate Students Kelin Flanagan and Ashley Hampton

Two Anthropology graduate students, Kelin Flanagan and Ashley Hampton, had the opportunity this summer to assist Dr. Clifford Brown with his ongoing survey of the Chinandega Department of Nicaragua. 

Ashley Hampton says "working with Dr. Clifford Brown was a once in a lifetime experience.  I was able to gain valuable hands-on knowledge about fieldwork with a professional archaeologist.  I learned how to systematically survey an unknown area to find new sites and how to map them as well.  I managed my own excavation unit, allowing me to apply my previous academic knowledge in the field.  Facing cultural and linguistic barriers, I had to collaborate to have a successful field season.  Working in Nicaragua was a unique opportunity.  It helped me to better refine my thesis topic and I learned how to handle myself in a professional fieldwork setting."

"Field work in Nicaragua with Dr. Clifford Brown was an experience like no other," says Kelin Flanagan. "There are countless skills I would never have developed in the classroom or labs or even while conducting local fieldwork. The chance to collaborate with international academics, professionals and institutions opened my eyes to the realities of the field project process. Where there were holes in my knowledge or skill-set, this trip filled them in. Securing permissions, mapping, collaboration with federal and local governments, collaboration with land-owners, and the step-by-step process of researching possible site locations, discovering a site, recording it, planning the approach to examine the site, excavations, problem solving in the field, and project completion were all challenges I had to find creative solutions to. The chance to work extensively with a professional mentor gave me the opportunity to ask questions and explore as no other field project or field school opportunity has."



The Ecuador Field School
An Unforgettable Experience!

Lana Ruck
(Far Left)

My experience in Ecuador was both fun and educational.  My original reason for going was to decide how strong my interest in archaeology was before my senior year of college to see if I wanted to pursue it in graduate school.  My favorite part of the experience was excavating a human burial uncovered by a construction team. 

I didn't pursue traditional archaeology for my master's degree, but I did end up coming to FAU for grad school because of my previous experience with the Ecuador Field School.  My experience in the field is definitely helping me in my studies in paleoanthropology.  I would highly recommend the Ecuador Field School for anyone who is questioning whether or not archeaeology is for them; at the very least, they'll have 6 weeks of fun in a beautiful country!




Brittany Reneau
(Third Row Left)  

I have been to the Ecuador Field School three times.  Each time I have had a different experience, but each time was amazing.  My favorite part about the field school is getting to work alongside people from different universities and making friends and connections that have been beneficial  not only in my personal life, but also in my academic career. 

The first time I went to Ecuador, I was going to do my senior research.  I never intended to continue with my education in anthropology.  After I went to Ecuador, I decided that I wanted to get my master's degree in anthropology and it was all because of the experience I had at the Ecuador Field School.  The ability to conduct my own research while still being guided and the requirement to produce a paper at the end of the field school session is something that is very unique to this program.  I believe it was very beneficial in me realizing the potential I had in this field.  Even though I will not be returning to Ecuador for a while, the friends I have in the country and the experiences I've had will remain with me for a lifetime.



  Alexandra Thomas
(Far Right)

While working in Ecuador you develop this unique niche of being both a tourist and a local worker. 

The experience itself is humbling.  I realized that with a language barrier you begin to rely on your other senses and your internal gut feelings.  Functioning like this helps you understand people and see your surroundings in a brand new way.  I started appreciating the gorgeous mountains, the constant view of the Pacific Ocean.  I still miss the sound of lapping waves lulling me to sleep at night!  It was remarkable how much Spanish we all picked up, how quickly we learned to flag down camionetas, and how comfortable we all became in Salango.  I made many, many, important connections on this trip and I am a much better person because of my phenomenal experience in Ecuador.


Click here for more information about the Ecuador Field School

 Last Modified 11/8/16