About Anthropology

We were placed 10th in the world for Archaeology and 41st in the world for Anthropology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

Our academic staff include leading experts in the major sub-fields of Anthropology.

  • Archaeology: the development of human culture from its earliest beginnings to the present.
  • Biological Anthropology: the study of our species, homo sapiens, from a biological point of view.
  • Ethnomusicology: the connections between music and human culture.
  • Social Anthropology: the study of different cultures and ways of life.

Study opportunities in Anthropology

You can specialise in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Social Anthropology or Ethnomusicology, or study across all areas. We offer a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate study opportunities, from Bachelor of Arts to PhD.

Find out more about studying Anthropology or Ethnomusicology.

Staff research in Anthropology

We have a variety of research projects all over the world. We are especially renowned for research in the Pacific.

Staff research in Anthropology
Anthropology academic staff

Archaeology is amazing

Professor Simon Holdaway leads a team that’s excavating the remains of human settlement on Great Mercury Island. The past is being uncloaked in amazing detail. Thousands of fragmented stones, fish bones, and fire-cracked rocks are combining to build our understanding of human history on the island. New Zealand is one of the last examples where people settled a previously uninhabited land. So ours is an important story to tell on the world stage.