We are incredibly pleased to announce that this fall Dr. Mark Kostro will be joining the Longwood University faculty as a tenure track Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. He will also serve as the Executive Director of the Dr. James W. Jordan Archaeology Field School.
Dr. Kostro is currently the Senior Staff Archaeologist at Colonial Williamsburg. For the past two decades Mark has developed an extensive research presence in the Chesapeake and Caribbean. At Colonial Williamsburg his work has been focused on the interplay of material culture, architecture, and documentary sources as a way to tell more enriched and relevant stories about the past. In addition to his work at Colonial Williamsburg, Mark has taught as an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary and Christopher Newport University. For the past nine years he has led the Colonial Williamsburg / William & Mary Joint Field School.
Dr. Kostro earned his B.A. from Rutgers University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the College of William & Mary. Mark’s doctoral dissertation, entitled “On the Margin’s Empire: the archaeology and history of Guana Island, British Virgin Islands”, focused on the study of the BVI’s early eighteenth-century settlement by poor and middling English cotton farmers and fisherman, and the subsequent transition of the local economy to sugar cultivation reliant on massive imports of enslaved Africans as plantation laborers.
Original story by Longwood Archaeology (Facebook).