Anthropology and Classical Studies at The University of Akron


Department of Anthropology and Classical Studies

Olin Hall 237 (Map)
Akron, OH 44325-1910

Spring Semester Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 330-972-7875
Fax: 330-972-2338

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Through Wednesday, March 1, 2017     


Alumna Tannya Forcone Leaves Legacy on Study of Food Insecurity

The independent UA student newspaper, The Buchtelite, recently showcased two articles, "The faces of hunger: part one" and "The faces of hunger: part two". Recent graduate, Tannya Forcone ('16), completed a study (2015) investigating instances of food insecurity by UA students. Of approximately 500 students, Forcone found that 36.9 percent were experiencing food insecurity. The study, which looked at a representative sample of nearly 500 UA students, found that 36.9 percent of students said they were food insecure. 


     A generous donation was received summer 2016 by the Department from the family of former faculty member Lynn Metzger, who passed away in 2015. Dr. Metzger's studies of Native North Americans included a large personal library which is now housed in Olin Hall 237c. The "Metzger Collection" can be viewed in person during normal business hours, M-F, 8-5, and also on line at LibraryThing

Who Killed the Pig? The University of Akron and Kent State cooperate in training future archaeologists. Read the article in our newsroom or in Skeptoid.

     Business Insider magazine: "Why companies are desperate to hire anthropologists"

UA-led team says ancient bookkeeping system survived well after writing invented

An archaeological dig in Turkey directed by Timothy Matney, professor of anthropology and classical studies, has found evidence that an ancient form of bookkeeping employing small clay tokens (pictured above) continued to be used at least 2,000 years after the advent of writing.

The analysis, based on artifacts excavated over 17 summers at the Ziyaret Tepe site in southeastern Turkey, contradicts scientists' earlier conclusion that the tokens quickly faded from use as humans began using reeds to make inscriptions on clay tablets. Story continues.

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