Anthropology Magazine

An Excavation of the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • An Excavation of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Contemplating Pompeii’s sudden demise in A.D. 79, an anthropologist asks what future generations will uncover when they sift through the pandemic’s remains.

  • A Letter From COVID-19

    An anthropologist imagines COVID-19 as a wise representative of Earth who is sharing a vital message with humans.

  • Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform - A poster in an Ebola response center breaks down the evolving response to the epidemic—including efforts to address social and cultural concerns.

    Can Social Scientists Help Control Epidemics?

    New collaborative efforts, such as the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform, are allowing anthropologists and other scholars to help align public health efforts with the on-the-ground knowledge and lived experience of people facing epidemics.

  • Orang Rimba covid-19 - An Orang Rimba man named Nyeruduk stands in front of a tent on a rubber plantation in Sumatra.

    Social Distancing in a Sumatra Rainforest

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orang Rimba, hunter-gatherers in Sumatra’s rainforests, are trying to preserve traditions—including isolating the sick and keeping away from outsiders—despite being displaced from much of their ancestral lands.