Jul 21, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Historical Archaeology

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Christa Beranek (Fiske Center for Archaeological Research), PhD, Boston University

  • Historical archaeology
  • Material culture studies
  • Vernacular architecture
  • Identity
  • Eastern United States

Douglas Bolender, PhD, Northwestern University

  • Viking age and medieval archaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Spatial analysis and GIS
  • North Atlantic

Jerry Howard, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

  • Historical archaeology
  • African Diaspora studies
  • Community and public archaeology
  • Foodways
  • Panama and Circum-Caribbean

David B. Landon (Fiske Center for Archaeological Research), PhD, Boston University

  • Historical archaeology
  • Environmental archaeology
  • Industrial archaeology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Eastern United States

Nedra Lee, PhD, University of Texas

  • Historical archaeology
  • African Diaspora studies
  • Gender, race, and class
  • Community archaeology
  • Eastern United States
  • Texas

Stephen A. Mrozowski, PhD, Brown University

  • Historical archaeology
  • Urban archaeology
  • Archaeology of class
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Eastern United States

Stephen W. Silliman, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

  • Historical archaeology
  • Colonial and postcolonial studies
  • Indigenous archaeology
  • Community archaeology
  • California
  • Eastern United States

John Steinberg (Fiske Center for Archaeological Research), PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

  • Complex societies
  • Economic anthropology
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • Iceland

Heather Trigg (Fiske Center for Archaeological Research), PhD, University of Michigan

  • Prehistoric and historical archaeology
  • Culture contact and colonialism
  • Paleoethnobotany
  • Southwest
  • Eastern United States

J. Cedric Woods (Institute for New England Native American Studies) PhD, University of Connecticut

  • Tribal government
  • Collaboration and community engagement
  • Education
  • Economic development
  • Native American history and heritage
  • Eastern North America


Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Ping-Ann Addo, PhD, Yale University

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Material culture
  • Visual arts
  • Cultural migration
  • Pacific islands

Patrick Clarkin, PhD, Binghamton University

  • Biological anthropology
  • Hmong immigrant communities
  • War and dislocation
  • Human growth and development

Christopher Fung, PhD, Harvard University

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Race, nationalism, identity
  • Archaeology
  • Mesoamerica
  • Pacific
  • China
  • Africa

José Martinez-Reyes, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Globalization
  • Environmental anthropology
  • Landscape
  • Indigenous cultures
  • Latin America

Rosalyn Negrón, PhD, University of Florida

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Latino/a studies
  • Urban anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Identity
  • Eastern United States
  • Caribbean

Dennis Piechota (Fiske Center for Archaeological Research), MA, Brown University

  • Curation
  • Conservation
  • Archaeological chemistry

Virginia Popper (Fiske Center for Archaeological Research), PhD, University of Michigan

  • Paleoethnobotany
  • Agricultural intensification
  • Historical archaeology
  • Mesoamerica
  • Western North America

Meredith Reiches, PhD, Harvard University

  • Biocultural anthropology
  • Human lifecycle
  • Reproductive ecology
  • West Africa

Timothy Sieber, PhD, New York University

  • Urban anthropology
  • Anthropology of education
  • Ethnicity
  • Child welfare
  • Heritage tourism
  • Development
  • Eastern United States
  • Portugal

Elizabeth Sweet, PhD, Northwestern University

  • Biocultural anthropology
  • Health disparities
  • Stress and embodiment
  • North America

Lauren Sullivan, PhD, University of Texas

  • Mayan archaeology
  • Ceramic analysis
  • Complex societies
  • Mesoamerica

The Program

The Master’s Program in Historical Archaeology administered by the Anthropology Department is devoted to the integration of advanced archaeological methods, environmental analyses, anthropology, and history as part of the interdisciplinary and international nature of contemporary historical archaeology. We offer concentrations in material culture, Native American history, African Diaspora studies, New England colonial and urban cultural history, comparative study of colonialism, public and community archaeology, archaeobiology, environmental archaeology, landscapes, spatial analysis, industrialization, globalization, heritage, and museums. Combining eleven faculty and staff members from the Anthropology Department and the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, the program offers diverse laboratory and field experiences to complement regular course work, as well as careful mentoring and professional training. These laboratories focus on artifact processing, material culture study, object conservation, identification of plant remains, animal bone and shell analysis, data entry and processing, digital analysis and graphics, Geographic Information Systems and mapping, microscopy, and archaeological chemistry. Area concentrations in the program are available in the American Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Southwest, and West; the Caribbean and Central America; Mesoamerica; and the North Atlantic.

The graduate program is designed (1) to begin a student’s advanced-degree path with course work, research, and training that ensure competitiveness for and success in PhD programs, and (2) to provide a strong methodological and theoretical foundation for students seeking jobs in cultural resource management, museums, nonprofit organizations, Native American tribal programs, secondary education, government agencies, and community colleges. Graduates of the program have been highly successful on both of these fronts. Students are expected to take three required courses and five electives in anthropology or related disciplines, plus a graduate-level archaeological field school. The latter often serves as a vehicle for thesis research. Research opportunities are available through the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research and the Anthropology Department. Internships may be sought with several area museums and other institutions. Graduate assistantships and research assistantships that carry tuition/fee waivers and stipends are awarded competitively to qualified students.


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