The archaeology subfield at the Graduate Center maintains a dual focus on major theoretical issues of wide concern in anthropology (rise of the state, hunter-gatherer organization, chieftainship, gender, human impacts) and on rigorous training in archaeological method (lithic technology, locational analyses, zooarchaeology, pottery analysis, quantitative methods).
While maintaining a strong scientific tradition and a solid basic training in environmental archaeology, faculty have also been active in studies of perception, gender relations, political ecology, and the integration of historical documents and archaeology. In recent years, the archaeology subfield has developed particular strengths in the area of Historical Ecology and the application of archaeological methods and data to aspects of Global Change research. Faculty research ranges from urban New York to rural Iceland, with particular strengths in Mesoamerica, Ecuador, South Asia, Near East, Europe, and North America.
Major facilities and programs include the Hunter Bioarchaeology Laboratory, the Brooklyn Zooarchaeology Facility, the Human Ecodynamics Research Center (HERC) at the Graduate Center and a developing GIS facility. The North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO) is managed from CUNY, providing students with a wide network of professional connections. Consortial relationships with NYU, Columbia, Fordham, and the American Museum of Natural History enrich these resources.
Graduate Center archaeologists currently maintain summer field schools in the NYC area and a winter intersession field school in Barbuda/Antigua West Indies coordinated out of the Barbuda Archaeological Research Center (BARC) field station. Faculty also collaborate in the international Archaeological Field School in Iceland (CUNY- Arch. Inst. Iceland- U Aberdeen), an Archaeological Field School in Serbia, and an Archaeological Field School on Rousay in Orkney (CUNY-Bradford U- Orkney College), providing students with a range of fieldwork opportunities.
Subfield Coordinator for Archaeology
Queens College, Hortense Powdermaker Hall