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Anthropology Days Flyer for October 30 On Oct. 30-31, Palomar College will be hosting Anthropology Days, featuring demonstrations, games, and speakers. Tuesday, Oct. 30 next to the Clock Tower Demonstrations: Flintknapping – Tool Time: 9-10 a.m. and 12-1 p.m. Atlatl Demonstration: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Drones: Starting at 10 a.m. Activities and Games 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Skeleton Games Who Is Your Cousin? Primate Baby Mama Game Disease Tease Create Your Own Cave Art Archaeology – Dig It FOOD! Anthropology Days Flyer October 31, Wednesday, Oct. 31 in Governing Board Room SSC1-1 Topic: Why Anthropology and Diversity Matters Today. Guest Speakers (schedule below) 9:00-9:20 – Dr. Marlo Willows, Palomar College Bioarchaeology: Rescuing Skeletons and Telling Their Story 9:30-9:50 – Jim Eighmey, Palomar College The Archaeology of the Commons; the View from Los Peñasquitos Ranch 10:00-10:20 – Dr. Craig Forney, Palomar College Religious Studies: Why the Study of Religion is So Important 10:30-10:50 – Cindy Stankowski, San Diego Archaeological Center Block 112 The Untold Story of San Diego Working Class in the 1800s 11:00-11:20 – Henry L’Esperance Alvarez, Palomar College Día de los Muertos, a Talk on Necropolitics 11:30-11:50 – Dr. Dillon Emerick, Palomar College Do We Have Obligations to the Dead? 12:20-12:50 – Dr. Jon Spenard, CSUSM At the End of Times or a New Beginning? Lessons from Cave Archaeology of the Maya “Collapse” 1:00-1:20 – Michael Willows, MBA Marketing from an Anthropological View 1:30-1:50 – Elizabeth Pain, Palomar College Archaeologists Needed! Palomar College Archaeology Program and Careers in Archaeology

What is Anthropology?

Chinese_boy_with_big_hatAnthropology is the broad study of humankind around the world and throughout time.  It is concerned with both the biological and the cultural aspects of humans.  Included in anthropology are four main subfields:

Biological (or Physical) Anthropology

This subfield studies the mechanisms of biological evolution, genetic inheritance, human adaptability and variation, primatology, and the fossil record of human evolution.

Cultural Anthropology

This subfield includes studies of culture, ethnocentrism, cultural aspects of language and communication, subsistence and other economic patterns, kinship, sex and marriage, enculturation, social control, political organization, class, ethnicity, gender, religion, and culture change.


This subfield studies the prehistory and early history of cultures around the world; major trends in cultural evolution; and techniques for finding, excavating, dating, and analyzing material remains of past societies.

Linguistic Anthropology

This subfield studies the human communication process focusing on the importance of socio-cultural influences; nonverbal communication; and the structure, function, and history of languages, dialects, pidgins, and creoles.

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Faculty and Programs

Fanti_chiefPalomar College offers anthropology courses that satisfy both natural and social/behavioral science general education requirements.   In addition, students can earn an Associate of Arts Degree in Archaeology and occupational certificates in Archaeological Excavation and Archaeological Surveying.

There are currently three full-time anthropology professors:

We have two emeritus professors:

Some Anthropology courses are cross-listed with Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Chicano Studies, and English.  These courses are usually taught by Steven Crouthamel and Patricia Dixon (American Indian Studies), and Anthony Guerra (Chicano Studies). There also are 5-8 adjunct anthropology faculty teaching each semester.

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Web Links

Indian_boysDISCLAIMER:  The Internet links listed below take you outside of this web page.  Palomar College makes no representation concerning the content of these sites, nor do the links to these sites serve as endorsements.

General Anthropology Links:

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Cultural Anthropology links:

Archaeology links:

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Applied Anthropology links:

Ethnobiology / Ethnopharmacology links:

Forensic Anthropology links:

Medical Anthropology links:

Primatology links:

Indonesian_musciansRegional Anthropology / Archaeology:


Virtual Exhibits and Trips:

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Created by Dennis O’Neil, Maintained by Jim Eighmey
Behavioral Sciences Department, Palomar College, San Marcos, California

This page was last updated on October 16, 2014.
Photos on this page reproduced with permission from Corel Corporation, Ottawa, Canada