The Real Neanderthal

Exciting Neanderthal Research

Dr. April Nowell during the filming of the CBC Nature of Things episode, "The Real Neanderthal"

In the News
Bone health influenced by fetal life and early care

Dr. Alison Macintosh: Influences on bone health

Alison Macintosh’s research found that maternal health can also shape a girl’s adult bone strength—with implications for fracture risk later in life.

UVic News

In the field

Grad student Dylan Hillis is holding the skull of a Nuu-chah-nulth Wool Dog that was found on Keith Island in Tseshaht First Nation territory during an archaeological dig in 2019.

In the news
Place-based learning

Dr. Brian Thom: Place-based learning

Brian Thom has been working closely with Cowichan Tribes and School District 79 to develop an innovative, place-based curriculum at an ancient ancestral site in the Cowichan Valley.

Place-based learning
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 zooarchaelogy collection.

Undergraduate studies

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
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


The Department of Anthropology stands in solidarity and in grief with the families and communities whose children have been recovered from residential schools and with everyone who is still searching for their loved ones.

UVic orange t-shirt design. Artist: Carey Newman Hayalthkin’geme (Kwakwaka'wakw/Coast Salish)


Studying human life

Anthropology transcends the boundaries between science and the humanities. Curious about our shared evolutionary past? Interested in how past human cultures helped shape the present?

With us, you'll study:

  • archaeology 
  • cultural anthropology
  • biological anthropology
  • visual anthropology and the anthropology of sound

We have connections with local communities, world-class lab facilities, and exciting field schools. At UVic, you have endless hands-on learning opportunities.

Territory acknowledgment
We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Find your edge with UVic's Department of Anthropology