Relaxing in front of the 'casa comunal' in Ecuador with Chad holding Marilyn, Elena, Maria, Me and Marianita

Samuel Connell
Professor of Anthropology

Business and Social Sciences Division
     (650) 949-7197

Foothill campus
Office: 3017
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Visit the Anthropology Department Website

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Course information:
See our course listings at the Anthropology Department webpage.

Starting with Foothill College Anthropology and the Center for Applied Anthropology, the world is your oyster. You can become an archaeologist like me, or a Forensic specialist, or a field anthropologist who studies living cultures. At the very least you can use these courses to broaden your perspectives about the world and better prepare for the increasingly diverse and international job market.


I am an archaeologist who studies in Ecuador, Belize, and California. My interests are in the rise of complexity in societies and issues surrounding colonization and resistance. I am also currently heavily involved with public and applied anthropology. Every summer we bring field classes to Ecuador in South America or Belize in Central America, check out the websites below or simply go to the Foothill Anthropology website:
Hard Times in Ecuador

Anthropology is a great springboard for broadening your horizons. It positions you for the future, by giving you the tools to expand your learning and giving potential employers the satisfaction of knowing that you have been able to interpret and understand other perspectives and other cultures.


This is my sixth year at Foothill and I am pleased to be here.

I came to the Bay Area from Hawaii where I was a Forensic Archaeologist specializing in the recovery and identification of Missing In Action U.S. serivcemembers from past wars. We mostly worked in Vietnam and Laos excavating plane crashes.

I received my degree from UCLA where I completed a dissertation on the Maya - I wrote about how they lived and how regular people were connected to the kings.

All of my studies were in Belize, until in 2000 when I began studying with my wife, Ana, in Ecuador. We are fortunate to be part of a special project that is ongoing every summer in the highlands north of the capital Quito.

We look at Inca Fortresses, conducting excavations high in the Andes - on the edge of the Amazon at the equator.

Every summer I have been traveling to Latin America and taking students on the field projects, but I also have worked in California, and hope to continue this now that I am at Foothill.

This is an exciting time to be involved with Anthropology at Foothill. Please stop by and visit anytime -- my door is always open.


Personal Quote:
In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.
L. Pasteur 1854

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