Archaeology Spotlight

 Archaeology Lab, Kent Hall 320

Students can choose to focus their studies on archaeology. We provide many opportunities inside and outside the classroom for students to engage in archaeology.


Faculty and Student Spotlight

Underwater Archaeology

Our faculty and students are involved in a number of professional organizations and research projects.


Visiting Anthropologist Series

Each semester an anthropological text or selection of articles written by an accomplished anthropologist in one of the sub-fields is selected and that person is invited to spend two to three days on campus.  The scholar goes to our ANTH101 (Introduction to Anthropology) sections and talks about his or her research, which all the students have read and studied.  Majors, minors, and students enrolled in courses visited by the speaker have an opportunity to go to lunch with our visitors.  The culmination of the event is a public lecture. 

Dr. Frances Norewood of George Washington University will be our Visiting Anthropologist in February 2014.


Our Past Visiting Anthropologists include:

2007 (fall)  Edith Turner: Experiencing Ritual.

2008 (spring) Susan Phillips: Wallbangin’: Graffiti and Gangs in L.A.

2009 (spring) Trenna Solomon Valado: No Place to Exist.  PhD dissertation, University of Arizona.

2009 (fall) Merrill Singer: The Face of Social Suffering. Waveland Press.

2010 (spring) Merrill Singer (U Conn): The Face of Social Suffering.  Waveland Press.

2011 (spring) Helen Regis (LSU): 2002. Fulbe Voices: Marriage, Islam and Medicine in Northern Cameroon. Boulder: Westview Press. Public lecture “Public Anthropology at Work: Sustaining Collaborative Partnerships in New Orleans after Katrina”

2011 (fall) Judith Knight (Smithsonian Inst. Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology): “Men are Like Fish, they move…” Shifting Perspectives on Central African hunter gatherers through the Forest Peoples of Gabon.

2012 (spring) Seth Mallios (U Cal San Diego), "'Born a Slave, Died a Pioneer': San Diego's Nate Harrison and the Archaeology of Legend".

2012 (fall) Kit Wesler (Murray State U), 2001  Excavations at Wickliffe Mounds, The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

2013 (fall) Sabiyha Prince (Smithsonian Institution)


Distinguished Scholar Series

The Distinguished Scholar Program brings anthropologists from the four-subfields with a research agenda that stresses methodology and theory.  Students in our Anthropological Research Methods, Anthropological Toolkit, and Anthropological Theory courses have a chance to read and engage with the researcher in the classroom.  All majors, minors, and students enrolled in Anthropology courses all have an opportunity to go to lunch with our guests.  In addition to classroom visits, a Public Lecture is given.

Dr. Stephan Brighton of UMD -College Park will be our Spring 2014 Distinguished Scholar.


Our Past Distinguished Scholars include:

2007 (spring) Michael Paolisso (UMCP)

2007 (fall) Theresa Singleton (Syracuse University)

2008 (spring) Alaka Wali (Chicago Field Museum)

2008 (fall) Michael Blakey (College of William and Mary)

2009 (spring) Jeffrey Johnson (East Carolina University)

2009 (fall) James Adovasio (Mercyhurst College)

2010 (spring) Russel Bernard (University of Florida)

2010 (fall) Audrey Horning (University of Leicester)

2011 (spring) Christopher Stevenson (Virginia Commonwealth University)

2011 (fall) Mark Hauser (Northwestern University)

2012 (spring) Barbara Rose Johnston (Center for Political Ecology)

2012 (fall) Tom Crist (Utica College)

2013 (spring) Helen Rountree (Old Dominion University)

2013 (fall) Jeff Mantz (George Mason and NSF)