Master’s in Archaeology Program
Coordinator: Dr. Elizabeth Scott ----Department telephone: 309.438.7397
Department fax: 309.438.5378
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Note: Graduate students who present papers at professional meetings are eligible for the Scott Elliot Award.
MA/MS in Archaeology
Archaeology is broadly defined as the study of the relationship between material remains and humans at any time or place, whether it be the French Colonial Midwest or the Middle Paleolithic of Northern Europe. We emphasize fieldwork, analytical methods, theory, and writing for all of our students regardless of their concentration.
We now offer a Master’s Degree in one of three concentrations: Historical Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology and Bioarchaeology. The curriculum is core-light, flexible and individualized to meet the diverse and changing needs of archaeology and our graduates who want to enter thejob market after completing the MA/MS or continue their training at the PhD level.
Fred H. Smith is a paleoanthropologist with long-term interests in European Neandertals and the origin of modern humans. He participates in collaborative research with colleagues in Croatia and Germany, including Paleolithic excavations conducted by the Universities of Zagreb (Croatia) and Tübingen (Germany).
James M. Skibo is a prehistoric archaeologist and current Director of the Grand Island Archaeological Program. Dr. Skibo’s interests include the archaeology of the Great Lakes, American Southwest, the ISU Old Main archeological project, as well as archaeological theory and ethnoarchaeology. (field schools)
Elizabeth M. Scott is an historical archaeologist (French colonial period) who will be retiring from the ISU Anthropology faculty Fall 2013. She will no longer accept new graduate students.
Maria Ostendorf Smith is a biological anthropologist who specializes in paleopathology (the study of ancient diseases). Her methodology is bioarchaeology, that is, the employment of pathology, nutritional status, and traumatic injury to reconstruct ancient quality of life, socio-cultural patterns (e.g., gender, social status), and political histories. Dr. Smith’s area of interest is the pre-Columbian southeastern United States and her ongoing research expertise is Tennessee River Valley bioarchaeology. (field schools)
Kathryn Sampeck is an historical archaeologist who specializes in the ethnohistory and archaeology of Spanish colonization. Her current work examines the Spanish contact period in southern Mesoamerica (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras) and focuses on how American products, such as cacao (chocolate) were part of the beginnings of the world market. Dr. Sampeck's archaeological field school in eastern Tennessee will investigate early Spanish interaction with the Cherokee. Her other interests include landscape archaeology, ceramic analysis, and urbanism. (field schools)
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