Anthropology

A Florida State University anthropologist has received a grant from the National Park Service to investigate a site that may hold clues to a 17th-century revolt by the Apalachee Indian Nation against Spanish missionaries.

Anthropology grad student applies STEM techniques to uncover forgotten societies

A Florida State University researcher is uncovering archaeological clues from past civilizations of the Mississippi River Valley to help answer key questions about ongoing processes of migration and identity around the world.

A Florida State University faculty member has been awarded a distinguished fellowship from the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark, to study the relationship between interpersonal violence and the rise of wealth inequality during societal transitions in Europe, Asia and Africa. Tom Leppard, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, will use the 12-month fellowship to conduct interdisciplinary research beginning in September.

Lauren Thornberg is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Department of Anthropology with a minor from the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, both part of the College of Arts and Sciences. As part of her studies, Thornberg has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study Cantonese in Hong Kong next year.

Three students from the College of Arts and Sciences will study abroad in 2021 to examine important national security issues. Florida State University’s Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics is sending three undergraduate students to study in countries with languages critical to U.S. national security thanks to the David L. Boren Scholarship. The students awarded Boren Scholarships are Russian majors Tetiana Panina and Grace Michaels and anthropology major Lauren Thornberg, who is minoring in Chinese.

New research from a team of anthropologists has found that a species widely accepted to be an ancestor to humans had a brain with characteristics of apes. The research, led by a team of scientists from Max Planck Institute in Germany that included Florida State Professor of Anthropology Dean Falk, is published in Science Advances.

Laylah Roberts, who was born in Atlanta but has lived in Tallahassee for several years, is a senior in the Florida State University Department of Anthropology, part of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is analyzing 17th-century beads found during an archaeological dig in 2018 at Mission San Luis as part of her honors thesis and will present her findings at the Society of Historical Archaeology’s annual conference in January.

Arria Hauldin is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in anthropology within the Department of Anthropology, part of the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to her studies, Hauldin was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship that funded her trip abroad to teach in Vietnam.

In the farmlands of the Mississippi River Valley, earth is continuously cleared and leveled — a result of the region’s booming agriculture industry. But beneath the soil lies an important piece of American history, one a Florida State University anthropology professor is working to piece together.