During the summer 2017, the Department of Anthropology joined forces with Professor Don Linebaugh of the Historic Preservation program to undertake an archaeological and historic preservation survey of Eckley Miners’ Village. Professor Paul Shackel, along with former and current students (Mike Roller, V.
Researchers with the University of Maryland Department of Anthropology and School of Public Health are calling attention to the unique and complex challenges faced by older Black women living with HIV in Prince George’s County, Md.
Congratulations to Nadine Dangerfield who has been awarded the Graduate School's 2017 Outstanding Coordinator of Graduate Studies Award. Nadine has been the Assistant Director of the Graduate Program in the Department of Anthropology since 2013. This award acknowledges her efforts to enhance the educational experience of our graduate students, and ensure that the graduate program operates smoothly. Congratulations, Nadine!
Fabio Correa and Emilia Guevara also received awards at the Graduate School Fellowship and Award Celebration. Congrats!
Congratulations to Sarah Noe and Emily Colón for receiving NSF Graduate Research Fellowships! The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are at the beginning of their graduate career and pursuing a research-based master’s or doctoral degree. The fellowship provides up to three years of educational support. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers.
Curator of Archaeological Collections, Mary Furlong Minkoff joined the Montpelier staff in October 2015. She received her PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park where she specialized in civically engaged archaeology, community archaeology, African American archaeology, sensory archaeology, and Civil War archaeology. Her dissertation focused on working with descendants and stakeholders to uncover the archaeology and memories of African American communities, particularly The Fort community in Alexandria, Virginia, surrounding the Civil War Defenses of Washington.
On March 12, the Department of Anthropology Diversity Initiative sponsored a trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture with a group discussion following at a nearby restaurant. We had 28 people participate including: graduate and undergraduate students, staff, alumni, prospective students, and family members.
Participants shared their reflections from the visit describing what was most meaningful, what they learned, and what was surprizing, some of which are highlighted below:
When Brandon Bies earned his master's degree in anthropology with a concentration in historical archaeology in 2003, he knew where he wanted to go to work full-time: The National Park Service (NPS). "I kept an open mind thinking that I could work for a contracting firm- the route that a lot of anthropology people take- but I thought that a job with the National Park Service would be a great job out of graduate school," Bies said.
More than seven decades ago during the Second World War, a military aircraft carrying United States service members crashed in the Eastern Alps near the city of Linz, Austria to the west of Vienna. Like so many of their fellow WWII fighters, the crew members were never identified and their families never knew for certain what happened to them. Now, thanks to an innovative new summer program being offered through the Department of Anthropology, a small group of University of Maryland students will play an important role in providing long-awaited answers to the descendants of these fallen service members.