Anthropology is the study of humans and their culture, both past and present.

In the Anthropology Department, we study the culture, history, and languages of Native Americans with a heavy focus on the people who have lived in this region for at least 13,000 years.

Our research and collections make us a leading center for Chumash cultural studies.


The Museum is committed to going above and beyond the legal requirements of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), engaging with tribes throughout California and beyond, to return all Native American ancestors and their associated funerary objects to their source communities.

For more information on repatriation or to contact Anthropology staff, click here.