Departmental Activities and Events

In addition to our commitment to quality research and pedagogy, we are involved in other activities and events outside the classroom setting and fieldwork:


Design and Research for Healthy Communities and Healthcare Facilities Conference
Interdisciplinary conference Design and Research for Healthy Communities and Healthcare Facilities which took place virtually on May 17 . The recording will be available to the public at large for another year. Click here to see the recording. 

Sociocultural Colloquium
The Sociocultural Colloquium enables our faculty and graduate students, especially those with a focus on socio-cultural, medical, and experimental anthropology, to present their projects to a broad audience of interested researchers. Scholars from other departments and programs at UConn, as well as other institutions and universities are also frequently invited as guest speakers. For more information about Sociocultural Seminar Series for the Department of Anthropology, please contact Dr. Françoise Dussart, or Dr. Eshe Cole. See our calendar for dates and presenters.

Anthropology Scholars Initiative
ASI is a group run by graduate students for graduate students. It fosters a supportive environment in which new graduate students can benefit from the professional experiences of other graduate students, alumni, and faculty outside the classroom setting. ASI meets on a regular basis, and each meeting focuses on a specific professional subject. For more information about ASI, please contact Olivia Marcus.


Annual Archaeology Animal Roast
Every year, usually around mid-late October, we organize an animal roast dedicated to hands-on experimental archaeology. Faculty and students often volunteer to take lead on a specific experimental project. These primarily include butchery and food preparation, grain processing and bread making, and flint knapping and stone tool use. We experiment with various food preparation techniques, as well as archery and atlatl throwing. Each year we select a different animal that we purchase from a local farm or slaughterhouse in Connecticut. The bones are collected, processed, and then added to the comparative skeletal collection in Dr. Natalie Munro‘s Laboratory of Zooarchaeology.