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Anthropology is the study of humankind, broadly defined. Anthropologists research the biology, culture, and archaeology of humans from our earliest hominin ancestors to modern peoples today. At Coastal Carolina University, our strong archaeological focus fosters interdisciplinary research and inquiry into the lives and lifeways of historic and prehistoric people. Focused on the Lowcountry of South Carolina and its unique heritage, the our work also incorporates a global perspective, with faculty who work locally and internationally. Building on the invaluable archaeological studies of former professor James L. Michie, archaeologists and anthropologists at Coastal Carolina University conduct research and outreach that bring together students, faculty, and the community. We offer a range of courses, from introductory cultural anthropology, human evolution, and archaeology classes, to upper-level field and laboratory courses, regional seminars, and training in Cultural Resource Management laws and practice. Our students go on to jobs in field archaeology and museums, as well as graduate programs in anthropology. 

CCU Students Work on Excavation in South Carolina

Coastal Carolina University students excavated a prehistoric, Native American shell midden site on the Little River Neck of South Carolina during Maymester 2015 as part of the Prehistoric Archaeological Field School (ANTH 395). You can read more and view pictures of the dig by going to: http://www.coastal.edu/newsletter/issue/69/articles/2032 

Dr. Dillian and students to work at Koobi Fora, Kenya, in Summer 2014

Dr. Carolyn Dillian will return to the famous site of Koobi Fora, Kenya, this summer to continue her archaeological research with the Koobi Fora Field School, a partnership between George Washington University and the National Museums of Kenya. Two former CCU students will accompany her for the summer of 2014. If you're interested in participating in the program, please contact Dr. Dillian for more information or go to: http://cashp.gwu.edu/kffs/ 

Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology Conference 2013

‌‌Seven students from the History and Anthropology Club at Coastal Carolina University participated in the Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology Conference in October 2013, where they learned how archaeologists replicate prehistoric technology to understand ways in which people in the past used their tools, processed their food, and gathered resources. Students learned flintknapping (how to make stone tools), and experimented with ways to smelt iron, ignite campfires, process tubers, and create tattoos using prehistoric methods. The conference was held at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, North Carolina. 

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Dr. Carolyn Dillian

Anthropology Program Coordinator