Program News

The department is excited to announce the new combined BA/MA in Anthropology with a concentration in Medical Anthropology.  This combined program is an accelerated five-year track for students interested in pursuing careers in the health professions requiring an advanced degree. Students accepted into the program begin graduate coursework during their senior year, consequently decreasing the time to degree.

From Archaeological Survey

Field school digging.

Field School site

Field School

Douglas Perrelli

The Anthropology Department offered another successful Archaeological Field School (APY 338, 6.0 credits) during the first summer session of 2019, which ran from May 28 to July 5 and involved the excavation of the Meid Site (UB 1607) in the Town of Orchard Park.  Situated on a low knoll adjacent to Smoke Creek, the site represents a place where people lived for a short period, probably around 800-500 B.C. or perhaps earlier, and the site may represent multiple, overlapping short-term uses of the local landscape. 


Archaeological survey recently completed an extensive Phase 3 data recovery project at the Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) project area in Genesee County.  The report involved 10 archaeological sites that underwent extensive excavation were performed mainly by UB graduate and undergraduate students over the course of the last several years.  The project and report are currently under review by agencies including The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Tonawanda Seneca Nation; NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and US Army Corps of Engineers. 

STAMP site for digging.

STAMP site

Cataract House

Cataract House.

Archaeological survey staff and students excavate at the former Cataract Hotel site in Niagara Falls, NY. During the 1800s, the hotel was an important connection on the Underground Railroad for escaped slaves from the South seeking freedom across the border in Canada.

Cataract House.
Cataract House.
Cataract House.
Cataract House.