Anthropology Department

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The Augustana University Anthropology Department supports the cultural, forensic, physical and archaeological study of humanity with experienced faculty, an on-campus archaeology lab and strong partnerships with field schools and anthropology programs worldwide.

Anthropology at AU

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Augustana is excited to once again host its annual Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium, set to take place on Saturday, April 13, at the Froiland Science Complex, located on the university’s campus.

South Dakotans are trying to get the Fawcett (bison) Kill Site in Ree Heights nominated to the National Register of Historic Places on behalf of the South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office. Augustana students recently accompanied volunteers from the South Dakota Historical Society and staff from Augustana’s Archaeology Lab in Western Hand County to conduct a field investigation of the prehistoric bison kill site that was first discovered in 2015, and revisited in 2017 by several universities in South Dakota and historical Society.

At Augustana, opportunities for student research are plentiful — from the Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium and Ralph and Susie Wagoner Student-Faculty Research Award to the Augustana Research Institute (ARI) and Civitas Honors Program vocation projects. What sets AU apart from other universities, though, is the caliber of research performed by undergraduate students which often rivals graduate-level research.