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
Our faculty and students are involved in a number of professional organizations and research projects.
Faculty and Students
Our students participate in a number of independent research projects as well as faculty research. The faculty are active in a number of professional organizations and carry out field research in the Chesapeake and The Gambia. Interested and highly motivated students are able to present independently or co-author research with the faculty. Some of our department's achievements include:
Bill Robert's co-organized and chaired the 2012 Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland.
Iris Ford received a 2011 NEH to develop her freshman seminar "Pimp my Ride" entitled "Enduring Questions Does Materialism Enhance our Humanity or Compromise it?"
Julia King received a 2012 NEH, Division of Collaborative Research entitled "Close Encounters: The Potomac River Valley at Contact, 1500-1720 AD."
Julia King's Archaeology, Narrative, and the Politics of the Past: The View from Southern Maryland (2012) published by the University of Tennessee Press.
Liza Gijanto received the Society for Historical Archaeology's 2012 Gilmore Dissertation Award.
Aryel Rigano presented a poster at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Archaeology Meetings on her SMP research entitled "Faunal Analysis at the Smith St. Leonard Site, Maryland"
Alyssa Nutter presented a poster at the 2013 Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings in Denver on her SMP research examining student experiences in study abroad programs at SMCM
Kaioloni Siregar presented a poster at the 2013 American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans on XRF analysis she completed through the Chemistry Department on 17th to 19th century ceramics from the Gambia entitled "XRF Elemental Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics Excavated from Sites in the Gambia"
Faculty, Students, and Staff
Students, Faculty, and Staff presented their work at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Archaeology Meeting in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This session included:
Scott Strickland (faculty) "A GIS Approach to Late Woodland Settlement in the Potomac Valley"
Mary Kate Mansius (student) "A Piscataway Calendar: The Annual Movements of the Piscataway Indians"
Carly A. Harmon (student) "Analyzing Native American Lithic Material Culture from 1600 to 1700"
Skylar Bauer (alum) "'pallizaded in for defence:' The Architecture of Conflict in the 17th-Century Chesapeake"
Julia A. King (faculty) "Beating the Bounds"
Esther Rimer (staff, University of Tennessee, Knoxville) "Lead Glass in the Potomac Region, ca. 1670-1720"
Sarah Platt (student), Mark Jaskolski (alum), Madeline Roth (student), and Gideon Singer (student) "Cremona Estate; A Historical and Archaeological Preliminary Site Assessment"