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Nick Belluzzo

Year Entered: 2015
Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Sub-field: Archaeology
Research Interests: Landscape Archaeology; Agriculture; Chiefdoms; Food Sovereignty; Community Archaeology; Geospatial/Geostatistical Analysis; Drone- and Ground-based Photogrammetry
Regional Specialization: Hawai‘i; Polynesia; Micronesia


Nick obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History from Boise State University where he combined archival research and underwater archaeology to reconstruct a history of an inundated late 19th-century dam site in Idaho. Subsequently, he received a Master of Arts from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London where he focused on leveraging GIS to manage tangible and intangible heritage in the Republic of Palau. Before attending the William & Mary, Nick worked in cultural resource management in California, Virginia, Hawai‘i, and Guam and historic preservation in Idaho and Hawai‘i. Nick’s Ph.D. research focuses on modeling the expansion and intensification of the Kaʻū Field system and community authority and agency in a remote hinterland on the island of Hawaiʻi.

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Education: B.A.- Boise State University; M.A.- University College London (with distinction)