Meet State Archaeologist Brian Jones

Brian exploring the John Mason cellar, Windsor

Brian in the Mason Lot cellar

State Archaeologist Brian D. Jones (1963 – 2019)

Sadly Dr. Brian Jones passed away July 4th, 2019. Brian Jones was Connecticut’s State Archaeologist and an Extension faculty member associated with Department of Anthropology and Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn, Storrs.  Brian worked as an archaeologist since 1992 and received his Ph.D. in Anthropology at UConn in 1998.  Prior to that he studied at the University of Cologne, Germany and received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology at Oberlin College.  Brian had a broad background in New England archaeology that included the Paleoindian period through the industrial era.  His special fields of interest included the peopling of the New World, lithic analysis and geoarchaeology.  Pror to his passing he made the archaeology of 17th Century Connecticut one of his top priorities.  Dr. Jones traveled extensively in Southeast Asia and lived and studied in Germany for three years.  He lead a busy life in Glastonbury with his wife and two children.

Additional information

Brian’s Academia.edu page – for downloadable publications and presentations

The Office of State Archaeology Facebook Page – for news and reviews of recent activity

Ongoing development of CT State Museum of Natural History Virtual Exhibit at CT Digital Archives

TEDx talk about Using Ground Penetrating Radar to locate 17th Century Sites

 

 

Brian in the field

CURRICULUM VITAE

Brian D. Jones

 

Education

1992-1998        Ph.D. & M.A., Anthropology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

1989-1992        Graduate studies in European Prehistory, University of Cologne, Germany

1983-1986        B.A., Anthropology, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

 

Dissertation Title:  Human Adaptation to the Changing Northeastern Environment at the End of the Pleistocene.  Committee: Kevin A. McBride, Robert E. Dewar, Robert M. Thorson.

 

Research Interests

Northeastern Pre -Contact archaeology, 17th century English settlement of New England, Cultural Resource Management, late Pleistocene and early Holocene human foraging ecology, geoarchaeology, lithic analysis, social network analysis.

 

Positions Held

2014-present

State Archaeologist, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2011-2014

Senior Archaeologist, Archaeological and Historical Services/Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc., Storrs, CT

2008-2011

Associate Director, UMass Archaeological Services, Lecturer Department of Anthropology, UMass, Amherst

2004-2008

Senior Archaeologist/Public Education Coordinator. Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc. & Archaeological and Historical Services, Inc., Storrs, CT

2003-2012       

Adjunct Lecturer.  Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, Storrs.

1998-2004

Archaeology Field Supervisor, Research Department, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.

1992-1998

Archaeologist, Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc, Storrs, CT.

1990-1992       

Heritage Archaeologist, Germany. Rescue excavations and systematic field surveys for the Bodendenkmalpflege. University of Cologne, research excavations of Late Pleistocene Dietfurt cave and the Mesolithic open-air site Sarching.

1983-1987 

Land Surveyor, Close Jensen and Miller, Wethersfield, CT, and Conklin and Soroka, Cheshire, CT.  Field crew member and total station operator.

1983-1986       

Research Assistant, Dept. of Anthropology, Oberlin College Lithic refitting, photography and illustration of Upper Paleolithic assemblages from the French open air site Solvieux under Prof. Linda T. Grimm.

 

Professional Experience

Design, implementation and supervision of archaeological fieldwork on Pre-and Post-Contact period sites; development of project budgets and scopes of work; data analysis and report writing; computer programming and development and maintenance of archaeological inventory and museum collections databases (Microsoft Access and Paradox); artifact photography and illustration; field mapping and spatial analysis (including land surveying, GPS and GIS); web development; University of Connecticut Adjunct Lecturer; development of numerous public education and outreach programs.  NPS 36 CFR 61 qualified Archaeologist; writing of archaeological components of environmental studies for government-mandated projects, including state-level Environmental Impact Evaluations and federal Environmental Impact Statements.

 

Field Experience

2004-present:  Excavation design and supervision of numerous pre and Post-Contact archaeological ex-cavations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, including large (> 700-acre) assessment/shovel test pit surveys and data recovery projects; author/coauthor of over 70 associated CRM reports.

1999-present:  Supervision of excavation on Paleoindian sites of the Israel River complex, fall excavations under Dr. Richard Boisvert, New Hampshire State Archaeologist.

2009: Summer Field School director, Historic Deerfield and North Hatfield, UMass Amherst Dept. of Anthropology.  17th-19th century Euro-American settlement of the Connecticut River Valley.

1998-2004:  Archaeology Field Supervisor for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.  Project design and oversight of reconnaissance and data recovery excavations of 78 archaeological sites, ranging from small pre-Contact lithic scatters to complex Archaic base camps, a Native fortification, a small seventeenth-century Native household, eighteenth-century Native farmsteads and a community of eighteenth through early nineteenth-century Euro-American farmsteads.  Supervision of up to three simultaneous field crews on different sites and large-scale landscape mapping of cultural features.

1993-1996:  University of Connecticut, Archaeology Field School supervisor.

1992-1998:  CRM excavation for the Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc., including pre-Contact and historic period sites in southern New England ranging from the Paleoindian through mid-nineteenth century.  Tasks included design and implementation of excavation strategies and crew management.

1992-1995:  Dissertation research fieldwork focused on a Late Paleoindian site (Hidden Creek), on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation.

1989-1992:  CRM and university research excavations in central and southern Germany, including terminal Pleistocene, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Iron Age, Roman and Medieval sites.

 

Teaching Experience 

Courses taught (2002-2010, UConn, Storrs and UMass, Amherst)

Anth 100 “Other People’s Worlds” (fall ’05, spring ’06, fall ’07, spring ’08)

Anth 102 “Archaeology and Prehistory” (spring & fall ’09, spring ‘11)

Anth 106 “Introduction to Anthropology” (spring ’08)

Anth 220/2000 “Social Anthropology” (spring ’07, spring ‘12)

Anth 253 “Prehistory of North America” (fall ’05)

Anth 358 “Analytical Methods in Archaeology” (fall ’03)

Anth 369 “North American Archaeology” (fall ’08, spring ’10, fall ‘10)

Anth 577 “Field School in Archaeology” (summer ’09)

 

Teaching Assistantships (1992-1997, UCONN, Storrs)

Anth 100 “Other People’s Worlds”

Anth 214 “Introduction to Anthropology”

Anth 262 “Laboratory Techniques in Archaeology”

Anth 297 “Fieldwork in Anthropology”

 

Graduate student committee member or outside reader:

Elic Weitzel: (Ph.D. candidate UCONN): Late Woodland – Early Historic deer predation in New England

Brianna Rae: (Ph.D. candidate UCONN): The Terminal Archaic Period of New England

Megan Willison: (Ph.D. candidate UCONN): Cultural Landscapes and Memory in Southern New England

Krista Dotzel (Ph.D. candidate UCONN): Phytolith analysis in archaeological contexts

Randy Daum (Ph.D. candidate UMASS): Late 17th-C. Settlement in the Connecticut River Valley

Zachary Singer (Ph.D. 2017 UCONN): Paleoindian Period of Southern New England

William Farley (Ph.D. 2017 UCONN): Late Woodland Architecture in the Northeast

Heather Cruz (Ph.D. 2014 UCONN): Socio-economies of exchange during the Terminal Archaic period.

Timothy Ives: (Ph.D. 2010 UCONN): Late Archaic Settlement Organization

Scott Williams: (M.A. 2010 UCONN): Native Gunflint Manufacture

Mandy Ranslow: (M.A. 2008 UCONN): Cultural Resource Management Survey Methods

Kristina Lammi: (M.A. 2006 UCONN): 18th-Century Native and Euro-American Vernacular Architecture

Ikaea Benard (M.A. 2005 UCONN): 18th-Century Native Households and Gender

 

Publications

2018 Hidden Creek and Ohomowauke: Documenting Continuity and Variability Between Two Paleoindian Sites on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation in Southeastern Connecticut. In In the Eastern Fluted Pot Tradition, Volume 2, edited by Joseph Gingerich. The University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City. Co-authored with Z. Singer.

2017 Locus 10: An Atlantic-Phase Terminal Archaic Lithic Workshop in Marshfield, MA. Archaeology of Eastern North America 45: 1-31. Co-authored with Brianna Rae.

2015 Interpreting Cultural Stone Landscapes in Southeastern Connecticut. Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut, No. 77.

2014 Hydraulic Back-flood model for the Archaeological Stratigraphy of the Connecticut River Alluvial Lowland. Quaternary International 342, Pages 173–185. Co-authored with R. Thorson and Daniel Forrest.

2013 Book Review: Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples, by Lucianne Lavin, 2013, Yale University Press, New Haven. Northeast Anthropology 79/80, 147–151.

2008a   Late Archaic Sites Documented During the Route 7 Reconstruction Survey, New Milford, Connecticut.  Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut 70: 17-30 (with Lisa Centola).

2008b   The Adriaen’s Landing Project and the Development of the Connecticut River Floodplain at Hartford. Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut 70: 5-16 (with Daniel Forrest and Robert Thorson).

2008c  Wither Archaeology?   A book review of “Archaeology Matters: Action Archaeology in the Modern World” by Jeremy A. Sabloff, Left Coast Press.  The Internet Review of Books, July 2008: http://internetreviewofbooks.com/jul08/archaeology_matters.html.

2007a   The Simple and the Complex: Two Small Upland Lithic Scatters in North Stonington, Connecticut.  In Current Approaches to the Analysis and Interpretation of Small Lithic Sites in the Northeast, edited by Christina B. Rieth. New York State Museum Bulletin 508, pp. 77-88. New York State Education Department, Albany.

2007b   The Colonization of the Curriculum: 13,000 years of Missing History in the Connecticut Content Standards of the Social Sciences, with Suggestions for Class Exercises.  Connecticut History 46(2): 265-281.

2007c   Historical Archaeology and the Connecticut Social Studies Curriculum.  Connecticut History 46(2): 256-264.

2007d   A Suggested Curriculum Outline for the Use of the Online Resource: “The Clark Farm Tenant House”.  Connecticut History 46(2): 282-286 (with H. Alexson).

2006     Indigenous Archaeology in Southern New England:  Case Studies from the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation.  Cross-Cultural Collaboration: Native Peoples and Archaeology in the Northeastern United States, edited by Jordan Kerber, pp. 265-280.  University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln (with K. McBride).

2005     The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center Program in Archaeological Research and Preservation. Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut 67: 77-84.

2004a   Archaeology and Technology in the 21st Century.  Conference on New England Archaeology Newsletter 23: 1-8.

2004b   Paleoindian Population Dynamics in New England: Possible Typological Consequences. In Hunters and Gatherers in Theory and Archaeology, Occasional Paper No. 31, edited by George M. Crothers, pp. 48-67. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

2003a   Life in a Postglacial Landscape: Settlement-Subsistence Change during the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition in Southern New England. Geoarchaeology of Landscapes in the Glaciated Northeast, New York State Museum Bulletin 497, edited by David L. Cremeens and John P. Hart, pp. 75-89. The New York State Education Department, Albany (with D. Forrest).

2003b   The Mashantucket Pequot Archaeological Excavations at Lake of Isles, North Stonington.  Connecticut Preservation News: 26(5): 5&15.

2002a   Continuity vs. Change During the Last Three Millennia at Mashantucket. Northeast Anthropology 64: 17-29.

2002b  Recent Excavations at Lake of Isles. Crosspaths Museum News, a publication of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center 5(2): 6.

2002c  Recent Botanical Identifications from Two Early Sites at Mashantucket. Conference on New England Archaeology Newsletter 21: 11 (with J. Mancini).

2000a  New Insights into the Peopling of the Americas. Crosspaths Museum News, a publication of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center 3(1): 4-5.

2000b  Excavation Update: Preston Plains Energy Center Site. Connecticut Preservation News, May/June, p. 13 (with J. Mancini).

1999a  The Middle Archaic Period in Connecticut:  The View From Mashantucket, Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut 62: 101-123.

1999b  The Paleo Period.  In Connecticut Archaeology, edited by Keegan and Keegan, pp. 8-14. Bibliopola Press, Storrs.

1998  Human Adaptation to the Changing Northeastern Environment at the End of the Pleistocene, unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Connecticut. University Microfilms Number 9906705, UMI, Ann Arbor.

1997a  The Late Paleoindian Hidden Creek Site in Southeastern Connecticut. Archaeology of Eastern North America 25:45-80.

1997b  Prehistoric Archaeology of the Great Swamp Basin, South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society 58(2): 44-56 (with D. George).

1991  Neue Ergebnisse zur Entstehung des modernen Menschen [New Information Concerning the Evolution of Modern Humans], Archaeologische Informationen 14(2): 176-194 (with F. Mangartz).

 

Selected Technical Reports (from over 70)

2013a An Educational Archaeology Program at the Strong House, Amherst Historical Society & Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts.  MHC Permit No. 3242.  Report Submitted to the Massachusetts Historic Commission and Amherst Historical Society

2013b   Intensive (Locational) Survey of Seven Impact Areas For Runway 6-24 Extension, Wetland Replication/Restoration, And Turtle Habitat Enhancement, and Site Examination of Loci 7, 8, 9 And 10, Improvements To George D. Harlow Field/Marshfield Municipal Airport, Marshfield, Massachusetts, MHC # RC. 8315.  Prepared for Gale Associates, Inc. by AHS Inc., with Ross Harper and Mary G. Harper

2012a  Environmental Impact Evaluation and Environmental Assessment, The Villages Montville, Connecticut.  Prepared pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. and Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies Section 22a-1a 1 to 12, inclusive.  Sponsoring/Lead Agencies: State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Chapter 3.10 “Historic and Archaeological Resources,” and Appendix E “Identification and Evaluation of a Potential Mohegan Hill Traditional Cultural Property” by AHS Inc., with Bruce Clouette, Mary G. Harper, and Ross Harper

2012b  Archeological and Architectural Historian Services in Support of National Historic Preservation Act Compliance, Connecticut Energy Grant Programs, assessment of fifty-six Geothermal installations.  Summary reports submitted to CT DEEP under PSA # 2012-12043 ARRA SHPO Compliance Contract Bureau of Energy and Technology, by AHS Inc.

2011 Public Report, City-Wide Archaeological Reconnaissance Survey of Newton, Massachusetts. Prepared for the City of Newton, Massachusetts by University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services, Department of Anthropology, UMass Amherst (with B. Donohue, C. Donta, and M. Mulholland)

2011 The Indian Crossing Site in Chicopee, Massachusetts. A public report funded by FHWA/MassDOT ISTEA program administered by State Archaeologist and SHPO, Brona Simon, MHC by University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services, Department of Anthropology, UMass Amherst (with C. Donta, T. Binzen and M. Mulholland)

2009  Phase IB Archaeological Identification Study of the Proposed Vergennes Substation and Phase II Evaluation Study and Phase III Data Recovery of the Vergennes Native American Site Vergennes, Vermont.  Presented to: Vermont Electric Power Company, Rutland, VT by University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services, Department of Anthropology, UMass Amherst (with C. L. Donta, A. Medina, F. T. Barker, E. Johnson and K. Lynch)

2008  Archaeological Phase 1 Assessment Survey for the Route 28 Highway Improvement Project, Alton and Barnstead, New Hampshire.  Presented to J. McKay, New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Concord New Hampshire by  University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services, Department of Anthropology, UMass Amherst (with T. Binzen, F. T. Barker, A. Medina and M. Mulholland)

2007  Phase II Intensive Archaeological Survey and Phase III Archaeological Data Recovery Program, the c. 1705 Ephraim Sprague Homestead Site (Site no. 1-12), Volume 2 of 3 (prehistoric component), Lake Road Extension Project, Andover, Connecticut, State Project No. 01-99. Prepared for the Connecticut Department of Transportation

2006a  Archaeological and Historical Resource Study, Adriaen’s Landing Project Hartford, Connecticut.  Report prepared for the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (with D. Forrest, M. Raber and R. Thorson)

2006b  Historic Resource Evaluation, Phase I Archaeological Reconnaissance Survey, Phase II Intensive Archaeological Investigations, Route 82/85/11 Corridor Project, East Lyme, Montville, Salem, and Waterford, Connecticut.  Report prepared for Maguire Group Connecticut, Inc. (with D. Forrest, B. Clouette, M. Harper, R. Harper, L. Centola)

2006c  Archaeological Survey and Historical Documentation, Former Norwich State Hospital Property, Norwich and Preston, Connecticut.  Report submitted to Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Hartford (with D. Forrest, B. Clouette, M. Harper, R. Harper, L. Centola).

2005  Phase I(c) Archaeological Survey Monument Loop Trail at the Monastery Property, Cumberland, Rhode Island, FHWA Recreational Trails Program, RI Contract No. 2002-EI-008, RIFAP RTP-LOCL(003), Project No. 38-90-03. Prepared for Pare Engineering Corporation (with D. Forrest and B. Clouette)

2002  Indiantown (1760-1805): Survey and Inventory of a Transitional Community.  Report submitted to the National Park Service, Grant Agreement 09-00-NA-0901 (with K. McBride and J. Mancini)

2001  Lake of Isles Phase I & II Archaeological Reconnaissance Surveys, Ledyard, Preston and North Stonington.  Report prepared the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (with K. McBride ansd S. Cherau).  Dodd Center Archives No. 1625.

1998  Townwide Archaeological Assessment Survey Prepared for the Town of Waterford. Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc. CHPC 802 (with M. Harper, B. Clouette and J. Broeder).

1997  Phase III Archaeological Data Recovery Excavation: Newtown Sewer System Project, Newtown Connecticut, Vols. I and II (145p. text). Prepared for Fuss and O’Neill, Inc., Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc., Storrs, CT (with D. Forrest and T. Binzen).

1993  Phase I Archaeological Reconnaissance Survey of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc., Storrs, CT. Submitted to the Rhode Island Historic Preservation Commission and the Town of South Kingstown (with D. George and R. Harper).

 

Symposia Organized/Chaired

2018 The John Hollister Site: A 17th Century Fortified Farm Complex in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Presenters: Brian Jones, Peter Leach, Maeve Herrick, Sarah Sportman, William Farley, Krista Dotzel, Jasmine Saxon, and Megan Willison. Society for Historical Archaeology Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, New Orleans, January 3-7. Co-chaired with Sarah Sportman.

2013  Paleoindian Colonization of the Far Northeast: New Insights on Old Issues. Presenters: Nathaniel Kitchel, Luc Litwinionek and Lynn A. Peterson, Adrian L. Burke and Gilles Gauthier, Jonathan C. Lothrop, John G. Crock, Francis W. Robinson, IV and Wetherbee B. Dorshow, Richard A. Boisvert, Gemma-Jayne Hudgell, Ellen R. Cowie, Robert N. Bartone, and Michael S. Brigham, Robert G. Goodby, Zachary Singer, and  Jennifer Ort and Brian Robinson. Eastern States Archaeological Conference, November 1, 2013, South Portland, Maine. Organized and co-chaired with Luc Litwinionek, co-discussant with Christopher Ellis.

2009  Navigating Transformations: Social Complexity in the Native Northeast:  This session for the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Atlanta, Georgia addressed the evidence for both change and continuity of social organization, the nature of prestige and social rank, exchange economies, group identity and inter-group conflict.  Co-organized with Elizabeth S. Chilton.

2008  Intra-Disciplinary Approaches in Anthropology, Part I: Histories of Descendant Communities &  Intra-Disciplinary Approaches in Anthropology, Part II: Diverse Interests, Diverse Approaches, Common Goals (presentations of current research by thirteen graduate students at the Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, Storrs).  Co-chaired with Kevin A.McBride, University of Connecticut.  48th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Anthropological Association, March 7-9, 2008, Umass, Amherst.

2007  Standards in Archaeological Practice and Review in New England: Current Status and Future Prospects,  74th Annual Eastern States Archaeological Federation Meeting, November 9-11, 2007, Burlington, VT.  Participants: Nick Bellantoni (State Archaeologist, CT), Scott Dillon (VT Division for Historic Preservation), Douglas Mackey (SHPO, NY), Giovanna Peebles (State Archaeologist, VT), Christina Rieth (State Archaeologist, NY), Brona Simon (State Archaeologist, SHPO, MA), Paul Robinson (State Archaeologist, Historic Preservation Commission, RI).  Organized and Co-Chaired with Elizabeth Chilton, UMass Amherst.

1997  The Northeast Lithic Database (NELD) Workgroup: Constructing a Lithic Sourcing Database for the Northeast, Report and Discussion. 37th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Anthropological Association, Quebec, April (with K. Callum, R. Sloma, T. LaPointe, B. Calogero, H. Jarvis and A. Burke).

 

Major Grants 

2002  Archaeological Pathways for Native Learners.  National Science Foundation Award #0307858, PI K. McBride.  An NSF-funded education program to promote the study of the sciences for Native and minority middle school students using archaeological resources at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, $1,210,303.

2000  Indiantown (1760-1805): Survey and Inventory of a Transitional Community.  Historic Preservation Fund Grant awarded to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, National Park Service Grant Agreement 09-00-NA-0901, $33,705.  Report submitted to the National Park Service 2002 (with K. McBride and J. Mancini).

 

Professional Papers Delivered

2018  Introduction to the John Hollister Site.  Society for Historical Archaeology Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology.

2017d  The Lt. John Hollister Site: a 17th century farmstead in Glastonbury, CT.  Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology, Portsmouth.

2017c  A 17th Century Fortified Farmstead in Glastonbury, Connecticut.  Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Anthropological Association, New London.

2017b  The Rediscovery of the Schwartz Site: Terminal Archaic Social Ceremony in Windsor, Connecticut.  Honoring the scholarship of Dena Dincauze and Brian Robinson.  Conference on New England Archaeology, Portland.

2017a  Constraints and Assumptions for Modeling the Paleoindian Colonization of New England: Dena Dincauze’s important influence on our thinking about the deep past.  57th Annual Meeting of the NEAA, Bridgewater State University.

2016b  Paleoindian Peoples and Landscapes of the Northeast.  Discussant paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern States Archaeological Federation, Lancaster, PA.

2016a  The Thirty-Three Year History of Cultural Resource Management at the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation. A paper presented at the symposium, “Exploring 12,000 Years of Occupation, Land Use, and Conflict: Archaeological and Historical Research, Sponsored By The Mashantucket and Eastern Pequot Tribes.”  81st Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology April 2016, Orlando.

2015  Paleoindian and Early Archaic Artifacts in the Bull Collection, UConn.  A paper presented at the Native American Archaeology Roundtable: First Peopling of North America, Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington, CT, November 2015.

2013a  A New Collection from the DEDIC Site, Deerfield, Massachusetts.  Poster presented at the Paleoindians of the American Northeast symposium, organized by Joseph Gingerich.  Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference, October 18, Santa Fe, NM.

2013b  Gulf of Maine Archaic Sites in New England.  A paper presented at  the 28th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, April 27, Warwick, RI.

2013c  Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene New England.  A paper presented at the Submerged Paleocultural Landscapes Workshop, URI Graduate School of Oceanography and the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office, April 8, South Kingston, RI.

2012a A New Collection from the DEDIC Site, Deerfield, Massachusetts. A paper presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis Tennessee.

2012b Wake Up and Smell the Quartz!  A Small Gulf of Maine Archaic Site in Plainville Massachusetts.  A paper presented at the New Hampshire Archaeology Society Meeting, Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, NH.

2011 A Social Network Analysis Approach to Henrich’s Model of Biased Skill Transmission: implications for the MSA – LSA transition. A paper presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacremento, California.

2010 An Exploratory Data Analysis Approach to Artifact Density Correlation. A paper presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, St. Louis, Missouri.

2009  A Social Network Analysis Approach to Understanding Native Social-Economic Organization.  A paper presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Atlanta, Georgia.

2007a  Providing a Context for Three Early through Middle Archaic Pit Features in Southeastern Connecticut.  Presented at the 72nd annual meeting of the SAA, Austin.

2007b  Adriaen’s Landing: The Developmental History of the Lower Connecticut River Floodplain and its Archaeological Implications.  Presented at the combined MAS/ASC Spring Meeting, Worcester.

2005  Reconstructing Patterns of Prehistoric through Contact Period Settlement within the Connecticut River Valley and Assessing the Archaeological Sensitivity of the Current Landscape.  Presented at the 45th Annual Northeastern Anthropological Association meeting, Lake Placid, NY.

2004  Archaeology and Technology in the 21st Century.  Invited paper presented at the Conference on New England Archaeology, Mashantucket, CT.

2003a  The Simple and the Complex: Two Small Upland Lithic Scatters in North Stonington, Connecticut. Presented at the New York State Museum Colloquium Current Approaches to the Analysis and Interpretation of Small Lithic Sites in the Northeast, Albany, NY.

2003b  Recent Discoveries Pertaining to the Prehistory of Mashantucket and Its Environs.  Invited lecture presented at Harvard University, Department of Anthropology, Cambridge, MA.

2003c  The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center Program in Archaeological Research and Preservation. Presented at the Archaeological Society of Connecticut annual meeting, Connecticut College.

2003d  Dating the Late Paleoindian to Early Archaic Transition in Southern New England: Reflections on Recent Data from the Hidden Creek and Sandy Hill Sites.  Presented at the 43rd Annual NEAA Conference, Burlington, VT.

2003e  Digging into the Tribe’s Past: A Decade of Archaeology for the Mashantucket Pequots.  Invited lecture presented at Oberlin College, Department of Anthropology, Oberlin Ohio.

2002a  Continuity vs. Change During the Last Three Millennia at Mashantucket. Presented at the 67th annual meeting of the SAA, Denver.

2003b  A Synopsis of Recent Identifications of Soft Plant Tissues from Prehistoric Contexts at Mashantucket. Presented at the 25th Annual Ethnobiology Conference, Storrs, (with David Perry).

2001a  The Mashantucket Petrographic Thin-Section Library Project. Presented at the 66th annual meeting of the SAA, New Orleans, (with Patricia Coombs).

2001b  Paleoindian Population Dynamics in New England: Possible Typological Consequences. Presented at the 18th Annual visiting scholar conference Hunters and Gatherers in Theory and Archaeology, Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

2000a  Rocks, Roots and Reproductive Rates:  Modeling Early Hunter-Gatherer Foraging Ranges in Southern New England. Presented at the Connecticut Archaeological Society Meeting, Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT.

2000b  Constraints and Assumptions for Modeling the Paleoindian Colonization of New England. Presented at the Conference on New England Archaeology Conference, Sturbridge, MA.

2000c  Recent Paleoindian Finds in Southeastern Connecticut. Presented at the 61st semi-annual meeting of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Worcester.

2000d  Life in a Postglacial Landscape: Settlement-Subsistence Change during the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition in Southern New England. Presented at the Natural History Meetings, session title: Current Topics in Northeast Geoarchaeology: Glaciated Landscapes. New York State Museum, Albany.

2000e  Archaic Period Housing at Mashantucket:  9,000 – 4,000 years ago. Conversations in the Disciplines series: invited public lecture presented at the Pequot Museum and Research Center.

1999a  A Paleoindian Site at the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation:  Application of GIS methods in Reconstructing Connecticut Prehistory. Presented at the Northeast ARC Users Conference, Ledyard, CT..

1999b  Graphic design and layout for the poster “Clovis Era Manifestations in Northern New England” presented by Richard Boisvert, at the Clovis and Beyond conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

1999c  The Middle Archaic Period in Connecticut. Presented at the Fall meeting of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut, Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT.

1999d  Life at Mashantucket 10,000 Years Ago:  The Role of Archaeology in the Creation of an Interactive Museum Exhibit. Conversations in the Disciplines series: invited public lecture presented at the Pequot Museum and Research Center.

1999e  The Creation of a Petrographic Thin-Section Library of Materials Recovered from Archaeological Sites on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation. Geological Society of America Northeastern Section Meeting, Providence.

1999f  11,000 Years at Mashantucket:  A Synopsis of the Prehistoric Record.  Presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Anthropological Association, Rhode Island College.

1995  A Paleoindian Site on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation. Archaeological Society of Connecticut Annual Spring Meeting:  Paleo Indian Culture and Environments in the East and Northeast, Essex, Connecticut.

1994a  Hunter-Gatherer Adaptations to the Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene Environments of Northeastern North America: Effects on Site Visibility. 34th Annual Meetings of the Northeastern Anthropological Association, Geneseo, New York.

1994b  The Power Plant Site: A Late Paleoindian Site in Ledyard, Connecticut. Archaeological Society of Connecticut, Annual Spring Meeting, Enfield, Connecticut.

1992  The Power Plant Site: A Paleoindian Site in Southeastern Connecticut. Eastern States Archaeological Federation Meetings, Bangor, Maine.

1992-present  Numerous public presentations in southern New England concerning the archaeology of northeastern North America, with an emphasis on the region’s earliest cultures, 17th Century English Settlement, relations between archaeologists and Native communities, archaeological sites as threatened non-renewable resources, and the importance of public awareness to the preservation of the past.

 

Professional Service

Steering Committee Member and Chair, Conference on New England Archaeology, 2013-2014, 2002-2003; conference organizer 2004 and 2014.

Steering Committee Member, UMass Amherst Center for Heritage and Society (CHS), 2009-2010.  CHS is a multidisciplinary initiative to craft new approaches to heritage conservation and communication around the world.

Invited panelist for the IAIS round table series titled “Identity and Community in Native Southern New England: Archaeology’s Role and Responsibility in Contemporary Politics,” October 28, 2006.

 

Professional Memberships 1992 – present have included:

Society for American Archaeology, Eastern States Archaeological Federation, Northeastern Anthropological, Association, Northeast Lithic Database, Archaeological Society of Connecticut, Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Maine Archaeological Society