I am an historical archaeologist with a particular interest in the expression of power, status and identity through material culture. Courses I have taught include Applied Archaeology, Colonial Archaeology,Experimental Archaeology, Medieval Archaeology, and World Archaeology.
In the summer of 2009, I worked in New York's Mohawk Valley at two National Historic Landmark Houses, Old Fort Johnson and Fort Klock. Both houses were built in 1750 and have been maintained and restored by non-profit organizations. I collaborated with Michael "Bodhi" Rogers from the Ithaca College Physics Department on this project.
My current research project is the exploration of status and power through material culture in medieval Europe through a group of objects known as Hedwig Beakers. These cut glass cups are known from museums, church treasuries, and archaeological sites from central Europe, most notably from Germany. Despite their presence in Germnay, the cups appear to have been made in Sicily, and were transported to Germany under the Hohenstaufen Holy Roman Emperors in the very late 12th or early 13th centuries. This research is still ongoing, and will be presented at the Internation Medieval Studies conference in Leeds in July 2013.
I have worked in cultural resource management since 1984, and was in a senior position with a private CRM firm between 2000 and 2008 prior to coming to Ithaca College. From 2005 to 2007, I was the Executive Secretary of the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA), the national trade organization for the cultural resource industry. During this time, I served as the executive manager for ACRA, and worked with CRM firms across the United States.
In 2001, I completed a Certificate in Museum Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge. I strongly believe that understanding museums is vital to archaeologists, as museums serve both as the final repository for archaeological materials, and one of the ways that archaeological research can continue to be presented to the public for years after the excavation is completed and the report is published. I am interested in museum exhibition and evaluation, and have worked at the Museum of Science in Boston in addition to creating museum exhibits related to my CRM work. I have been faculty advisor to exhibits by students related to my class in Applied Archaeology.