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Dear Prof. Weiss
My name is Peter Nebergall, and I hold the BA from WM (in Anthropology, where I was Norman Barka's RA), the MA from IU in Bloomington (classical archaeology) and the PhD from Missouri-Columbia (Old World Archaeology).  Surprisingly, there has not been regular work.  I've taught in class (TN-Chattanooga) and on-line (Eastern Wyoming College).  I'd love to 'come home' and teach, if there's ever the chance.
I have publications, but I'm working on an anthropological look at the evolution of business, from the simplest societies, up through the old world, Middle Ages, the reforms of John Plantagenet, the Industrial Age, and Changing definitions of wealth..  The subject is loaded.  Why can't we draw business students into anthropology?

Please let me know if there's something for me to do.


Peter J. Nebergall, PhD


Dr. Weiss,
  Thanks for the email.   This brought back memories of my time at W&M, where I majored in Anthropology, from 1975-1979.  Dr. Sutlive's Primitive Religion course hooked me on Anthro. and I never looked back.  I still recall classes with Dr. Barka, Dr. Zamora, Dr. Ballingall, Dr. Reinhart.   I became interested in historical archaeology while Jim Deetz was visiting. Alain Outlaw directed excavations at Governor's Land (Drummond Plantation) and I worked there for several summers.   Our office was in the basement of the Wren Building and Bill Kelso was head of the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology.   However, I was always interested in medicine and took pre med courses at W&M, eventually attending MCV/VCU ('85) and completing a residency at Fairfax before returning to Richmond.
Since 1989 I have been a family physician in Varina, just up Rt. 5 from Williamsburg in eastern Henrico Co. We serve a diverse population and actually quite a few of our employees are Chickahominy Indians, besides our office with have facilities in New Kent and Providence Forge.
While I have never really been a W&M "booster" and don't go to big events, I appreciate hearing about what is happening in the Anthropology Dept. If any Anthro. majors are interested in primary care medicine, I would be glad to talk to them.  They could even spend some time with me at the office.
Take care and best regards,
Charles K. Sparrow, Jr. MD


Dear Professor Weiss,

Thank you for your update.  I am glad you still have my email address.  I recall there were occasionally newsletters sent out as well.  As I have moved many times over recent years, if there are newsletters, please have someone ensure they are sent to my current address:  12160 Hidden Hills Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32225.

I graduated from W&M in 1978.

As for myself, I am coming to the end of a 32-year career as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department.  I am currently the Senior Policy Advisor to the Admiral Commanding the 4th Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces, Southern Command (basically all of Latin America and the Caribbean except Mexico).  I will be retiring in the fall and remaining in Jacksonville.  I served overseas in Uruguay; London; Muscat, Oman; Tunis (for Arabic training where I also did a special translation project on the Carthage archaeological site); Riyadh (where I was the Oil Attache), Singapore (at the Secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum or APEC); Amman, Jordan (where I regularly visited Petra, Wadi Rum and numerous archaeological sites); Brussels (where I traveled extensively around Europe); Abu Dhabi and now here in Jacksonville.

I only worked two summers as an archaeologist (in Idaho on archaeological survey work) and at Governor's Land just north of Jamestown under Dr Alain Outlaw of the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology.  I was also thrilled to follow the work of Dr Bill Kelso, with whom I was acquainted at W&M, at Monticello and back at Jamestown.  Although I did not pursue a career as an archaeologist (partly due to insufficient financial aid for a Masters program in Historical Archaeology at the University of Idaho), I have pursued my avocation throughout my entire career.  I have had the fortune of work travel which let me visit Teotihuacan, Machu Picchu, the Great wall of China, Santorini, an Iban Longhouse in Brunei (shades of Dr. Sutlive), many sites throughout the UK, all the major sites in Egypt, Angkor Wat, and even aboriginal sites in Australia.  My Anthropology/Archaeology B.A. from William and Mary was the perfect preparation for my Foreign Service career and for a life of lifelong learning and travel.  I have very fond memories of my professors there--Dr Brush, Dr Barka, Dr James Deetz as well as, of course, Dr Sutlive.   I have also long followed Ivor Noel Hume of CW and made many pilgrimages to museums throughout Belgium and the Netherlands exploring the material culture of the 16th and 17th centuries, including European items we excavated at Governor's Land, as studied by Noel Hume, James Deetz, and many others.

I rarely get back to Williamsburg but, if I do, I would love to speak to a group of students, either in a class or social setting, as a testimonial to my studies there.  Not surprisingly, despite spending my life traveling the world, one of the first things I want to do after I settle in to retirement in October is to make my way back to Williamsburg and I always stop by Washington Hall when I do.          

Keep up the great work.

Warm Regards,

Dick Eason


My husband and I graduated from William & Mary in 1987, he with a degree in history and I with a degree in anthropology. I am a Web content librarian at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. While I did my share of desk work earlier, most of what I do now is writing and editing. The view that studies in anthropology give has been tremendously helpful to me as I write articles and study guides. I've won some awards through the years for the writing and had a popular history on horse racing in Virginia--the college is mentioned--published by The History Press. I get back to Williamsburg when I can and try to spend some time enjoying campus.
It is very pleasant to visit old campus, particularly stopping by the Wren Building, where Dr. Sutlive married us the day after graduation. Please pass on to him if you will that we are doing well. Two grown children, both deaf, which has led to immersion in another culture. My husband teaches history, chemistry, mathematics (and sometimes drama, French, physics and biology) at Saint Michael the Archangel High School. He truly reaps the benefits of a liberal arts education--and so do his students.
It's a lovely day here in Fredericksburg, but part of me wishes to be back in Williamsburg!
Virginia Crookshanks-Johnson