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Anthropology at Tulane University
Dinwiddie Hall 101
6823 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

Phone number: 504-865-5336
Fax: 504-865-5338

In Memorium



It is with great sadness that the Department of Anthropology announces the death of Professor Emeritus Harvey M. Bricker. Harvey was a veritable force of nature here at Tulane University, where he was on the faculty from 1969-2005. He was graduated in history (A.B., Hamilton College) in 1962, and earned his M.A. (1963) and Ph.D. (1973) degrees in anthropology at Harvard. His early work was on the French Palaeolithic. A student of Hallam Movius, he spent many years excavating at, and doing laboratory analyses of, materials from the site of Abri Pataud.  He also directed excavations at the site of Les Tambourets. His later research interests (collaborating with his wife Victoria R. Bricker) involved great advances in the field of Maya archaeoastronomy. Among Harvey’s many accolades are his being elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and also his being named a "Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques" by the government of France "pour services rendus à la culture française." What his colleagues at Tulane remember best about him, though, was that he cared deeply about the Department and our students (both undergraduate and graduate), whose welfare was of paramount importance to him. He was also wonderfully opinionated, had a strong moral compass, and was a firm believer in faculty governance.  We will miss him greatly and wish to express our deepest condolences to Professor Emerita Victoria R. Bricker.



Trenton w. Holliday
Professor and Chair

Welcome to the website of Tulane's Anthropology Department! The history of anthropology at Tulane goes back to 1924, when the Department of Middle American Research (now the Middle American Research Institute) was founded. The first anthropology courses were offered in 1938-1939. By 1947, anthropologists were teaching courses in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. A separate Department of Anthropology was established in 1967. The Department has since grown to include 20 faculty, 100 to 150 undergraduate anthropology majors, and approximately 60 graduate students.

The Department has four-field programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The faculty includes eight cultural anthropologists, five archaeologists, three biological anthropologists, and three linguists. The teaching and research interests of the faculty have global reach: North America (the Gulf South and the southeastern United States), Mesoamerica and Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica), the Caribbeans (Cuba), South America (Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru), Africa (Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, and South Africa), Europe (France and Portugal), and Asia (China and Vietnam).


The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to provide undergraduate and graduate instruction in anthropology, and to produce innovative research and scholarship. Key to our research and teaching mission is maintaining integration and balance among anthropology's four fields: biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology, and archaeology. Through research and publication, and the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, we strive to advance and disseminate knowledge of human and nonhuman primate origins and behavior, major developments in human prehistory, mechanisms of cultural change, human adaptation to diverse environments, and an understanding and appreciation of modern cultural, biological, and linguistic diversity.




Anthropology, Dinwiddie Hall 101, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5336