Department of Anthropology


Dr. Paul Erickson

Professor of Anthropology
On Sabbatical September 2017 - August 2018

Anthropology Department 
Saint Mary's University
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

PhD (Connecticut), Professor Biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, history of anthropological theory, anthropology education, urban archaeology, Halifax history and heritage

Phone: 902-420-5627
Office Location: MS215



 Dr. Erickson with Herman John Kiriama at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, April, 2011


Dr. Erickson walks on Charles Darwin's sand walk, Down House, County Kent, England, 2014 

Dr. Erickson visits Punta Pitt, San Cristobal (Chatham) Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, in December 2014. Charles Darwin spent the night here in September 1835

Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory

The Saint Mary's University Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory, located in room MM226, houses a varied collection of material used in teaching and research in biological and forensic anthropology. The collection has several key components.

  • Hundreds of casted fossil hominoids (apes and people) from the Oligocene through Pleistocene Epochs, including fossils of the genus Australopithecus, early Homo, and archaic and modern Homo sapiens.
  • More than 35 human skeletons and replicated skeletons of different ages, sexes, and ancestries (replicas only).
  • More than 25 skeletons and replicated skeletons of vertebrate animals, including mammals and, especially, non-human primates, for example the chimpanzee Pan troglodytes.
  • Many casts of primate dentition, human skeletal pathologies, and unusual human skeletal features.
  • Anthropometric (measuring) equipment, anatomical models, reference books, and computer hardware and software.

The Laboratory supports several advanced courses: ANTH 3381.1(.2) Anthropological Genetics, ANTH 3382.1(.2) Paleoanthropology, ANTH 3471.1(.2) Forensic Skeletal Identification, ANTH 3472.1(.2) Forensic Skeletal Analysis, ANTH 4473.1(.2) Paleopathology, ANTH 4474.1(.2) Human Variation, and ANTH 4701.0 Internship in Forensic Anthropology.

Research and Recent Publications

Dr. Erickson is author of Historic North End Halifax (Nimbus Publishing 2004), editor of Underground Halifax (Nimbus Publishing 2005), and, with Jonathan Fowler, co-editor of Underground Nova Scotia (Nimbus Publishing 2010) and Underground New Brunswick (Nimbus Publishing 2013). To learn more about these books, consult

With Liam D. Murphy, Dr. Erickson is also co-author of A History of Anthropological Theory, 4/e (University of Toronto Press 2013) and co-editor of Readings for A History of Anthropological Theory, 4/e (University of Toronto Press 2013). To learn more about these books, consult



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