Department of Anthropology

Genevieve von Petzinger studying rock art the Roc de Vezac cave, France

Why were geometric symbols painted on cave walls during the Ice Age?

PhD candidate Genevieve von Petzinger garnered global attention when she posed the question: Why were geometric shapes painted 25,000 years ago on European cave walls? Here she is deep in Roc de Verzac cave in France peering at paintings few have seen.  Photo: Dillon von Petzinger

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Drimolen, South Africa Archaeology Field School

Hands-on learning in the field

Undergraduate students Ansel Bonner and Anne Tuominen record their findings from an early human site in the Cradle of Humankind while participating in an archaeology and paleoanthropology field school at Drimolen, South Africa.

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Anthropology students at the Royal BC Museum

Anthropology students at the Royal BC Museum

The new Vikings exhibit is providing an opportunity for UVic anthropology students like Shawn Curé, shown here with his Hnefatafl board game, to gain knowledge of Viking culture and share in community education.

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Indigenous mapping of lands, waters, resources and knowledge

Indigenous mapping of lands, waters, resources and knowledge

This August over 100 people came together at UVic to share experiences with Indigenous mapping and learn new Google Earth tools. (Above: Stz'uminus First Nation elder Ray Harris has mentored youth in working with the UVic-led mapping project.) Photo: Chad Hipolito.

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The Department of Anthropology at UVic offers undergraduate and graduate training that is comprehensive, diverse, integrated, and innovative. Our faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching and research, and to working collaboratively with diverse communities both locally and globally. Located on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish and Straits Salish people, the Department of Anthropology respectfully acknowledges their primacy on the land.

Anthropology reminds us that humans are equipped to live a thousand different lives, and the ones we end up living are shaped by the cultural contexts in which we grow up and live. - Ann Stahl, Chair