Emanu-El Synagogue Cemetery

Be a part of the change with hands-on learning

Students hone their skills during field courses like the one held at the Emanu-El Synagogue Cemetery.

Field schools
Female student in UVic's animal bone lab

Discover your edge

Explore one of UVic's many anthropology labs, like the comparative animal skeletal collection.

Undergraduate studies
Murray conducting research in Jordan

In the field

Grad student John Murray participated in a dig that discovered 250,000-year-old stone tools in Amman, Jordan.

Graduate studies
Leslie Butt sitting with Indonesian women

Research that matters

Dr. Leslie Butt's research looks at the impact of migration on skilled migrant women in Indonesia and the Philippines.

Our research

Discovery of 250,000-year-old tools

Dr. April Nowell led the UVic archaeology team that made a world-first discovery about the early use of stone age tools.

In the news

Anthropology: the diversity of human life

Anthropology transcends conventional academic boundaries between the sciences and the humanities. Our integrated approach bridges anthropology's traditional sub-fields—combining archaeology, cultural and biological anthropology to approach familiar topics from new, collaborative perspectives.

With us, you'll find a hands-on education that connects with your interests and expands your horizons. Our connection with local communities, world-class laboratory facilities, local and international field schools, and our campus full of green spaces create a learning environment like no other.

We're at the heart of a vibrant Pacific Rim, rich with Indigenous and international perspectives, that will inspire your personal discovery and growth. Located on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, the Department of Anthropology respectfully acknowledges their primacy on the land.

Our research and teaching make an impact every day, exploring themes including: inequality, culture and health; evolution and ecology; Indigenous peoples; and visual anthropology.

Curious about our shared evolutionary past? Interested in how past human cultures helped shape the present?

Find your edge with UVic's Department of Anthropology