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.


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Underwater Archaeology

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


Julia King

Photo of Julia King

Office: Kent Hall 304
Phone: (240) 895-4398


My research concerns the history and culture of the Chesapeake region, especially Maryland, and how the Chesapeake both shaped and was shaped by an emerging Atlantic World. Since 2007, my students and I have focused on the lower Potomac River valley, where we have identified and documented a number of important archaeological sites, including a late 17th-century fortified Piscataway Indian settlement, Indian hamlets, a colonial court house, manor houses, and quarters for indentured and enslaved laborers. Much of this work can be found at, a website maintained by a consortium of researchers focused on the Chesapeake.

Along with students, I have also focused on the changing environments and landscape of the 20th- and 21st-century Chesapeake Tidewater through the College’s SlackWater Center.  Students explore the region’s contemporary history and culture through the lenses of multiple forms of evidence, including oral histories, literary texts, images, and biological and other scientific data. This work is published in a handsome journal and on the Center’s website (




B.A., College of William and Mary, 1978

M.A., Florida State University, 1981

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1990 

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught:

  • Archaeology and Prehistory
  • Archaeology Practicum
  • Introduction to Museum Studies
  • Atlantic World Archaeology
  • Cultural Journalism
  • Native American Culture and History
  • Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • Museum Exhibits Practicum
  • Anthropological Theory
  • Anthropological Research Methods
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Introduction to Anthropology