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Ariel Bothen (double major Anthropology and International Affairs/Political Science) was awarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduating Senior– the first Anthropology student to win such an award.

She also received the  Department of Anthropology Outstanding Student Award. As part of the award, her name will be added on a plaque in the Student Lounge, and she will receive a bookstore voucher.

Kurt Rademaker, a University of Maine visiting Assistant Professor in Anthropology and alumnus (Ph.D. 2012), is highlighted in the News & Analysis section of the May 9, 2014 journal Science. New Sites Bring the Earliest Americans Out of the Shadows

CindyIsenhour, a University of Maine Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department, received great recognition last month in Anthropology News regarding her work related to energy and consumption. To read more, go to:

UMaine News & Bangor Daily News

Kurt Rademaker, a University of Maine alumnus and faculty associate in the Department of Anthropology and a associate graduate faculty member at the Climate Change Institute, recently won the Tübingen Research Prize in Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology. The international prize was for his ice age research related to the first human settlement in the high Peruvian Andes.

For more informatin, please read the UMaine News release at: and the Bangor Daily News article

Bangor Daily News

Marcella Sorg, a University of Maine Research Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Climate Change Institute, and Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, was recently highlighted in an article in the Bangor Daily News titled State’s forensic anthropologist uses bones, science to tell a dead person’s story. Marcella Sorg, forensic anthropologist for the Maine medical examiner’s office, does forensic skeletal investigations using science to make determinations about a person’s identity or cause of death — sometimes dating back decades — and whether the person’s death was a result of a crime. To read more go to

 UMaine Today

A UMaine Today article titled “Perspective of Preservation” features Kourtney Collum and Samuel Belknap; the first students to enroll in the Anthropology and Environmental Policy doctoral program at the University of Maine. To read the article on pages 55-57, go to and download the pdf of the UMaine Today fall 2013 issue.

 A Fulbright Experience in Croatia

Associate Professor Greg Zaro was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and conduct research at the University of Zadar, Croatia, during the Spring 2013 semester. Greg, his wife Sasha, and son Austin spent a total of seven months in Croatia, five of which were in the city of Zadar, situated along the Adriatic coast in Northern Dalmatia. Read Greg’s blog to learn about his experiences abroad.

Mapping the Empire

Historical research traces Britain’s ambitious efforts to survey its North American holdings.

Rolled up and tucked away in a corner of the British Library in London sits a hand-drawn map of the Maine coast, created in the years just before the American Revolution.

“It’s breathtaking to see,” says Stephen Hornsby, a professor of geography and Canadian studies at the University of Maine and the director of UMaine’s Canadian-American Center. “Absolutely magnificent. It’s part of the heritage of the state, but it’s in London. It’s unknown in Maine.”

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Department of Anthropology
5773 S.Stevens Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5773
Phone: (207) 581-1894 | Fax: (207) 581-1823E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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