Physical anthropology is a biological science that deals with the adaptations, variability, and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives. Because it studies human biology in the context of human culture and behavior, physical anthropology is also a social science. The AAPA is the world's leading professional organization for physical anthropologists. Formed by 83 charter members in 1930, the AAPA now has an international membership of over 1,700. The Association's annual meetings draw more than a thousand scientists and students from all over the world.

Forensic Anthropology Summer Short Courses

Submitted 25 December 2014 by Department of Applied Forensic Sciences, Mercyhurst University

The Department of Applied Forensic Sciences (DAFS) at Mercyhurst University is offering four Forensic Anthropology short courses during June of 2015. Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat, director of DAFS, has been offering these courses since 1992. Each course will be taught by several expert instructors in their respective disciplines and each course provides extensive hand-on learning opportunities.

Death Scene Archaeology: Field Methods in the Location Recovery & Interpretation of Human Remains in Outdoor Contexts will be held June 1-5. The course will focus on the application of Forensic Archaeological principles and methodologies to the recovery of human remains encountered in outdoor contexts ...

New membership management company for AAPA

Submitted 25 December 2014 by Josh Snodgrass

AAPA is pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2015 we will be working with a new association management company. After a thorough review process that involved consideration of proposals from 24 companies, the AAPA Executive Committee selected Burk & Associates, Inc. (BAI) of McLean, VA ( BAI is a comprehensive association management company that has an exceptional track record of serving scientific associations. In addition to replacing and expanding upon the membership services provided previously by Allen Press, BAI will begin assisting our association in the management of our annual meetings.

Because of the transition ...

Bioanthropology field school on the island of Astypalaia, Greece

Submitted 23 December 2014 by Simon Hillson

This five week field school takes place on Astypalaia, a small, beautiful island in the Aegean Sea and part of the Dodecanese region in Greece. It is based on a unique archaeological site – the largest ancient children’s cemetery in the world, with at least 3000 children’s burials. In the field laboratory students learn the specialist skills required to excavate, record, identify, conserve, measure and catalogue the tiny bones and teeth of young children. This is one of the few sites in the world where children’s remains are abundant enough to provide such experience. Everyone carries out all ...

Enamel hypoplasia workshop, Wednesday 24 March 2015, St Louis

Submitted 23 December 2014 by Dental Anthropology Association


Simon Hillson and Daniel Antoine are organising a workshop on Enamel Hypoplasia for the Dental Anthropology Association. It will be 10 am to 4 pm on 24 March at the AAPA annual meetings venue in St Louis, in a room to be announced. All are welcome, but please let Loren Leese ([email protected]) know if you wish to attend. A flier can be downloaded from

The workshop will focus on:

1. Defects of enamel hypoplasia under the microscope 2. The developmental differences between furrow, plane and pit-form defects 3. Methods for recording furrow-form ...

NSF Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants 2015

Submitted 16 December 2014 by Rebecca J. Ferrell

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The Biological Anthropology and Archaeology Programs are pleased to announce the continuation in 2015 of the Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants (IPG) competition. Prior competitions were held in 2012 and 2013. In 2015, contingent on availability of funds, the Programs plan to make a single award for a maximum total cost of $1,000,000 to support a multi-year project of up to five years in duration. Proposals are due April 2, 2015. See program announcement for additional details.

NSF Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)

Submitted 9 December 2014 by Rebecca J. Ferrell

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As part of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or relevant analytic techniques and produce a finished product that will enable new types of data-intensive research. The databases or techniques should have significant impacts, either across multiple fields or within broad disciplinary areas, by enabling new types of data-intensive ...

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