Craig Goralski, A.A., B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Anthropology | Social Sciences


Phone: (714) 484-7000 Ext: 48374

Office Hours: Tuesday 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday 12:30-1:50 p.m
Thursday 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Online through Blackboard Monday 2-3 p.m.

Location: Humanities Building Room 222B

About Professor Goralski

I am primarily an archaeologist, having completed my doctoral dissertation in Anthropology at Penn State University examining patterns of pottery production and exchange among the Lenca and Maya in Late Formative Period (400 BC – AD 250) Honduras.

In addition to my research in Honduras, I have experience doing California Mission Archaeology at Mission San Miguel, excavating Milling Stone Horizon sites in California, and doing survey and excavation of Woodland Period sites in Pennsylvania.

I teach our department’s ANTH 231 – Field Course in Archaeology, where students learn survey and excavation of archaeological sites, contributing to our understanding of the prehistoric cultures of Southern California.

I also work as a forensic archaeologist, helping law enforcement agencies solve murder cases and assisting in the exhumation of unidentified individuals for DNA collection and analysis.

See the articles ‘The Coldest Case’ and ‘Who is Buried in Potter’s Field?’ to learn more about the Unidentified Persons Project, a forensic archaeology field school that I co-direct.

Recommended Course

ANTH 102 C Cultural Anthropology

A course in Cultural Anthropology provides you with a basic understanding about how human cultures work. You’ll understand how people organize themselves socially and politically, how they interact economically, how they express themselves, and how they answer the fundamental questions about who they are and their place in the world. This class will change the way you think about yourself and the world around you!


ANTH 101: Biological Anthropology

Course Description

This course introduces the biological and physical aspects of what it means to be human from a scientific and evolutionary perspective. We’ll discuss how we evolved from a primate ancestor into Homo sapiens, how modern human populations are similar and different, and the future of humans as a species.

Required Textbook

Essentials of Physical Anthropology: Discovering Our Origins by Clark Spencer Larsen, 3rd edition. ISBN 0-393-93866-1

What To Expect

This course will consist of PowerPoint lectures that will expand and reinforce material from your textbook. Links to movies to be watched over the course of the semester will be provided.

Assessments of Learning

Your grade in this course will be based on your performance on:

  • Quizzes (Timed; 10 multiple choice questions. You will take 6, I count your 5 best scores)
  • Discussion Sessions (Short response; You will participate in 6, I will count your 5 best scores)
  • Written Assignments (There will be a moderate length paper requiring internet research on topics related to the course)
  • Exams (One Midterm and one Final Exam; exams are timed and are a combination of multiple choice, true/false, matching, fill-in and short essay questions)
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