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Department of Anthropology

Human behavior — what is it?  Why and how does it vary so much across the planet and through time? The Department of Anthropology at The College at Brockport studies human behavior in both the past and present, through sociocultural, archaeological, and biological approaches that are holistic, cross-cultural, and evolutionary.  Whether through ethnographic fieldwork, archaeological excavation, biological lab work, or visual and material cultural analysis, our students and faculty collaborate closely to improve knowledge of human variation, and better prepare students to address the problems of the 21st century.

The Department of Anthropology offers a 39-credit major, an 18-credit minor, and an 18-credit interdisciplinary minor in museum studies and public history. 

Dr. Ramsay directed an archaeological field school this summer (2015) in Israel. 

See news about the excavation in Archaeology magazine and the Times of Israel .

If you would like to read more about the excavation background, goals and schedule, please check out the field school webpage! If you would like to see our students in action in the field, please click on the image below!

Students at the Roman Cardo in Jerusalem

Department of Anthropology
Office: Cooper C12
Tel:(585) 395-2682
Fax: (585) 395-2684
Contact: Jackie Deats,
Adminisrative Assistant

Last Updated 7/14/15


Professor Neal Keating participated in an Expert Meeting on peace sustainability at Columbia University on October 23, organized through the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, part of the Earth Institute at Columbia. The expert meeting was convened to discuss and examine the design of a new approach to modeling sustainable peace systems at local to global scales, that makes use of non-linear systems of causality that are grounded in temporalities of historical memory, future expectations, and the current existence of conflict resolution mechanisms and peace-promoting practices.

Dr. Zinni's book project, “A Palimpsest of Place: Technologies of Memory, Landscape, and Folklife in Western New York,” has been selected by the University of Illinois Press for the 2015 Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World workshop, a collaborative publishing initiative of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society and with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dr. Zinni was honored in 2015 faculty/staff recognition program by Office of Special Disabilities (OSD) for assisting and contributing to our students with disabilities.

Dr. Ramsay published an article: Ramsay, J.H. and Eger, A. 2015. Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material from the Tupras Field project of the Kinet Höyük Excavations. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 2 (1): 35-50.

Dr. Feldman was recently on the Coy Barefoot Show (two 30-minute radio shows) in May and June 2015:
The Coy Barefoot Show, 107.5 FM (Charlottesville, VA), 2015 (two 30-minute shows on “Same Sex Marriage” and “Baltimore, the Police, and African Americans”).


Please join us for our annual Fall/Halloween party in C-3 Cooper Hall on Friday, October 30, from 4 to 6 pm! There will be food and candy!
Cemetery Walk: Thursday, October 29, at 6:30 at the High Street Cemetery in Brockport, organized by the museum interns.1