Anthropology and Classical Studies at The University of Akron


The University of Akron

Department of Anthropology

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

Summer Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 330-972-7875


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Sports & Society in Ancient Greece & Rome



Research at cemetery

Modern tools help students locate old graves

Archaeology students led by Dr. Tim Matney (above, far right) used drones, gradiometers and electrical resistivity meters in April to locate unmarked graves in a historic cemetery in Green, Ohio. The work, completed without digging, will help the city determine the location of a fence around the site.

UA students were joined by Green High School students at the site, along with anthropology department alumni Eric Olson (second from left), and adjunct faculty member Jerrad Lancaster (center).

Similar work will be carried out in an Akron field this summer as part of an archaeogeophysical survey course taught by Matney (3240:410/510, Summer I starting June 19).

Related: “Science students get real-life experience discovering graves in old Green cemetery” (

Prevention and Decision-Making Strategies about Zika Virus in Puerto Rico. Congratulations to Dr. Isa Rodriguez-Soto for securing a grant where she will be gathering data and working with others concerned with understanding and mitigating the impact of the Zika virus.

Emily HolbrookDrs. Behrman and Rodriguez-Soto presented research results spring-break week at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Santa Fe along with former UA Anthropology student and current graduate student at the University of South Florida, Emily Holbrook (pictured).

"Digging into Ohio’s past: State history funding helps archaeological research at area universities"

By Marilyn Miller 
Beacon Journal staff writer


Dr. Carolyn Behrman published an article in The Journal of the National Academic Advising Association. Co-authored with two former UA students, “Student Perceptions of University Advising: Introducing a Conceptual Model” (2017) relies on the results of research conducted with Anthropology and other UA undergraduate researchers.  In addition, she co-edited the forthcoming book,  The Akron Story Circle Project (UA Press, March 2017). Her chapter in the volume focuses on the Story Circle method as a social science research tool, systematically comparing it to the Focus Group method for ethnographic data collection. Currently she is focusing on refugee resettlement and low-income neighborhood residents’ approaches to power and social stability.

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