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Anne Pike-Tay

Professor Emerita of Anthropology

Anne Pike-Tay began teaching in the Anthropology Department at Vassar College in 1990 after earning her Ph.D. [1989], M.Phil. [1986], M.A. [1984] from the Anthropology Department at New York University. She was also a faculty member in Vassar's interdepartmental programs in American Culture, Asian Studies and Environmental Studies, where she was a founding member of the steering committee.

Anne is a paleoanthropologist specializing in zooarchaeological analyses and seasonality studies of fauna (animal bones) from Middle and Upper Paleolithic (Neanderthal & "CroMagnon," Ice Age) and more recent prehistoric sites (Neolithic and Bronze Age) in Europe, as well as Middle Paleolithic-aged sites in Tasmania. She has authored, co-authored and edited four books and numerous articles in American, Australian, British, French, German and Spanish archaeological monographs and journals.

Students in Anne's classes at Vassar studied human evolution and prehistory, archaeozoology, the anthropology of art, and the behavior and ecology of non-human primates. Anne's archaeological research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia of Spain. Vassar student participation in Anne's research was supported by National Science Foundation REU grants and by Vassar College's URSI funds. Results of this work was presented at professional paleoanthropology and archaeology meetings, public lectures, and in publications.

Fieldwork/Research: The Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI)...Europe, China and Tasmania.