What We're Up To This Summer...

With the end of classes, a lot of things switch into high gear around here.  And no, we're not talking about 'Beach Week'!  For most faculty and many students, now is the time to really ramp up on research -- summer is the prime season for gathering data in the field, 'doing' rather than 'teaching'.  And, we'd probably all agree, there's very little teaching without the data, experiences and insights provided by doing research.  Below, we highlight just a few of the multitudinous summer activities pusued by members of the Anthropology Department.

Field Schools

This summer the Department is sponsoring or participating in no less than four field schools, ranging from the decidedly local to a wider international scene:

  • Right here on campus, the Brafferton Legacy Project will be excavating at the Brafferton, just a few hundred yards from Washington Hall.  Sponsored by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and under the direction of PhD student Mark Kostro, this field school will look to establishing an architectural and archaeological context for the Brafferton Building in the heart of the Historic Campus.
  • Only slightly further afield, the Kiskiak Project under Dr. Martin Gallivan will continue to explore this site of Tidewater life through the past millenium.
  • In Bermuda, Dr. Marley Brown will continue the College's more than decade long relationship with the archaeology of the island, continuing his study of aspects of St. George's, the island's ancient capital.
  • Dr. Fred Smith will lead a field school in Holetown, Barbados.  He'll be continuing his long standing research on the archaeology of sugar, rum and the material life of Barbados' past.
Graduate Student Research 

Our graduate students are also venturing near and far to investigate a variety of phenomena.  The following grad students have received funding for summer research into the topics listed.

Stephanie Bergman: Material Improvement and Constructing Gender: The Archaeological Landscape of St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation, Barbados, WI  (Advisor: Fred Smith)

Ellen Chapman: Reanalysis and Contextualization of Human Remains from the Barka Collection    (Advisor: Michael Blakey)

Jessica Herlich: Radio-Carbon dates from the Kiskiak Site  (Advisor: Martin Gallivan)

Amanda Johnson: Excavations at Cave Hill, Barbados  (Advisor: Fred Smith)

Alexandra Martin: “Teâno wonck nippée am, I will be here by and by again”:Memory, Movement, and Tradition Across the Narragansett Landscape   (Advisor: Kathleen Bragdon)

Derek Miller;  Diasporic Materiality: The Artifacts of the Jews of Barbados in the 17th and the 18th Centuries (Advisor: Fred Smith)

Adam Richardson: The Untapped Market: Defining Distinctive Characteristics of Colonial Markets (Barbados) (Advisor: Fred Smith)

Eric Siedow:  Redware and Radiolaria: The Application of Scanning Electron Microscopy to Barbadian Ceramics of the 17th and 18th Centuries  (Advisor: Fred Smith)

Megan Victor: Rogue Fishermen: Codfish, Atlantic Items, and Identity at the Isle of Shoals  (Maine) (Advisor: Marley Brown)

Buck Woodard:  The Nottoway of Virginia: A Study of Community Households, Kinship and Peoplehood, c.1830-1950 (Advisor: Danielle Moretti-Langholtz)

Undergraduate Research

The Department has awarded two Nathan Altshuler research grants to students pursuing summer research.  Meg Southern will be studying the uses of European ceramics by enslaved Africans in Bermuda; Alex Brown will also be studying ceramics, using instrumental analysis to characterize Woodland period ceramics from Kiskiak.