The 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2013)

A Bioarchaeological Legacy: The Academic Family Tree of George Armelagos


Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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As a pioneer in the fields of bioarchaeology and biocultural anthropology, George Armelagos has had a profound influence on the sub-field of biological anthropology and, indeed, on the discipline of anthropology as a whole. His research and writing embody theoretical and methodological revolutions that have influenced scholars throughout the world. Armelagos influenced the careers of countless anthropologists and helped create and impact the work of the dozens of students he mentored. Armelagos’s impact on the department of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst can still be felt. His work and his legacy can be seen in our bioarchaeological field school and in the research of our bioarchaeological faculty and graduate students. In this poster, we outline Armelagos’s intellectual legacy in bioarchaeology and biocultural anthropology by tracing his academic “family tree,” identifying students he mentored and following his influence through subsequent generations of scholars around the world. Our focus will go beyond the students he advised and will include co-authors, membership in groups, collaborations, concepts and diagrams, and long-standing arguments about specific theories, models, locales, and research programs. By tracing Armelagos’s major research traditions, conflicts, and disagreements, we hope to present how he impacted the diversity of the discipline.

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