Faculty Spotlight

Kaye Reed
President's Professor
Evolutionary Anthropology 


Christopher Campisano
Assistant Professor
Evolutionary Anthropology
Since 2002, Reed has been directing field work in the Ledi-Geraru region of Ethiopia in search of hominin fossils. During the 2013 field season, she co-led an international research team with Campisano, and the years of groundwork paid off with a startling find: a 2.8-million-year-old fossilized jaw of Homo lineage. The fossil's date places it in a timeframe for which there is little physical evidence of human ancestors, making the discovery a pivotal one.

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student Spotlight

Chalachew Seyoum
Evolutionary Anthropology


The doctoral student went to Ethiopia with ASU evolutionary anthropologists Kaye Reed and Chris Campisano and made a ground-breaking discovery. His find, part of a lower jawbone with 5 attached teeth, is the oldest known fossil of Homo lineage, predating previous finds by 400,000 years. This major development in origins research is detailed in the March 4 online edition of the journal Science.

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featured project

Archaeology of the Human Experience


Culture, Heritage + Identity; Societies + their Natural Environments

Founded by Professor Michelle Hegmon, the Archaeology of the Human Experience is a revolutionary new research approach that asks archaeologists to relate to the ancient peoples they study by considering the context of their everyday lives.

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upcoming events (View All)

Through a Shell Darkly: Exploring Time, Monuments and Anthropogenic Landscapes along the Coasts and Islands of the Ancient South 
Victor Thompson, University of Georgia Center for Archaeological Sciences 

Friday, March 27, 3:30 p.m.

Socio-Technical Resilience of Critical Infrastructure
Center for Behavior, Institutions + the Environment Brown Bag
Susan Spierre Clark + Thomas Seager, School of Sustainability 

Monday, March 30, 12:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall 481

Wildflower Tour

Wednesday, April 1, 10:30 a.m.
Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve