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Open Educational Resources: Anthropology

Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others.



On this page you will find open access Anthropology & History textbooks along with supplemental materials. The purpose of these subject specific pages is to highlight content for those who are interested in what open educational resources are available. This list of content is by no means exhaustive.  The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and we encourage comments about the content featured on this page, or recommendations of content that are not found here. 

Anthropology Textbooks


  • Studies in Population Genetics - This book deals with central concepts in population genetics, describing the main evolutionary processes that influence the allele frequency distribution and change. 
  • Introduction to Human Osteology - This text was designed for use in the human osteology laboratory classroom. Bones are described to aid in the identification of skeletonized remains in either an archaeological or forensic anthropology setting. Basic techniques for siding, aging, sexing, and stature estimation are described. 
  • Native Peoples of North America - An introductory text about the Native peoples of North America (primarily the United States and Canada) presented from an anthropological perspective.

Anthropology Collections

Anthropology Resources

Open Access Anthropology Journals

Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP)