Welcome to Penn Anthropology

Anthropology became part of the Penn curriculum in 1886 when Daniel Brinton was appointed Professor of Archaeology and Linguistics in the University’s newly created graduate school. Brinton was an early proponent of anthropology’s four-field approach, bringing cultural, linguistic, biological, and archeological methods to bear on the study of human societies. The first PhD in anthropology was awarded in 1909 to the ethnologist Frank Speck, who became the chair of a formally constituted Department of Anthropology in 1913. The year 2013 marks the Department's centennial.

News and Announcements

  • Anthro Majors co-curate new exhibit for curatorial seminar

    Three Anthropology majors took part in curating the new exhibit at the Arthur Ross Gallery, 'On the Wings of Eagle and Raven' as part of a Kaye Curatorial Seminar here at Penn.

  • Penn Prof Receives SAA Award for Excellence in Archaeological Analysis

    Congratulations to Dr. Harold Dibble, who has received the SAA’s Award for Excellence in Archaeological Analysis for his remarkable achievements in the study of chipped stone technology and Paleolithic archaeology. In addition to being a professor here in the Anthropology Department, Dr. Dibble is also a curator in the European Section of the Penn Museum.