Anthropology News

From the Middle-East to the Indian Subcontinent to the Delaware Valley, anthropology presents students with an opportunity to uncover exciting findings around the world. The Earth is a diverse place, and Temple University Anthropology students learn to connect with its various peoples, linguistics and geographies to better understand this world. And if you want to understand what it’s like being a Temple Anthropology student, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re hoping to learn more about our faculty’s fieldwork, our students’ globetrotting or our alumni’s post-graduation success, you’ll find it all right here. Read their stories below and please contact us if you have an American Studies story of your own you think we should tell.

Bill Schindler

National Geographic television personality and acclaimed anthropologist Bill Schindler (PhD '06) never imagined that going blind while attending college could help him see his future so clearly.

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Inaugural awardees include 15 individual and 20 collaborative projects that involve a total of 76 faculty researchers.


Temple University has selected the first batch of recipients for its Presidential Humanities and Arts Research Program Grant Awards, according to a press release issued last week by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

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Temple students Paige Randazzo, Class of 2017, and Marvin Fequiere, Class of 2015, spent their winter break in northern Oman. While there, the pair unearthed the 5,000-year-old skeleton of a child from a stone tomb atop a cliff on the Arabian Peninsula.

“It was everything I have ever wanted,” Randazzo, an anthropology major from Lafayette, New Jersey, said of the experience. “At the same time, it was scary, because I knew these bones were a person and I was responsible for handling them and that they could break because they were so old.”

Like many other disciplines, archaeology has entered an age in which “the digital” is having a transformative impact on all aspects of method and practice within the field. More than that, however, digital technology is changing the very nature of scholarly and professional activities within archaeology, opening up new horizons of collaboration, community engagement, citizen scholarship, cyberinfrastructure, preservation & access, capacity building, and sharing.

Undergraduate and graduate students are spending their winter breaks in Oman researching ancient burial grounds. The students will return Jan. 11.

Handling human skulls isn’t a typical winter break activity.

But students from Temple University, the University of South Alabama and Ohio State University have been doing just that in northern Oman since Dec. 16. The group’s research is part of a project called Social, Spatial and Bioarchaeological Histories of Ancient Oman. And they call themselves Team SOBO.

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