Department of Anthropology

Anthropologists study human beings and their connections to the world around them. Our department focuses on two fields of anthropology: archaeology and cultural anthropology. Archaeology is the study of artifacts and other physical remains of earlier societies in order to unravel the mysteries of human cultural diversity and adaptation. Cultural anthropology is the comprehensive study of human beings and their cultures, both past and present, in a comparative, cross-cultural and holistic light. Together, these related fields help us to understand people across human history. Archaeology and physical anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan focus on the past peoples of western Canada and the broader Circumpolar North. Our cultural anthropology program focuses on medical, environmental, and practicing and applied anthropology both locally and around the globe.
Jim Waldram, one of our faculty member was featured in Thinking: A Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work Collaboration Collider.


On Campus News

USask faculty recognized for exemplary teamwork 

Anthropology professor Dr. Pamela Downe (PhD) and Prairie Harm Reduction were honoured with the inaugural Publicly Engaged Scholarship Team Award

USask student finds rare ancient reptile skeleton in Saskatchewan

Palaeobiology student Jack Milligan uncovered the province's second-most complete fossilized skeleton of a champsosaur, a crocodile-like reptile that lived alongside the dinosaurs

Archaeology and anthropology department issues statement on reconciliation 

Department affirms its commitment to building mutual trust and equal partnerships with Indigenous communities