Professor, Department of Anthroplogy, San Jose State University
National Fellow, The Explorers Club
Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Caribbean Studies
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I am an Antrhopological Archaeologist with scholarly training in Historical, Industrial and Nautical archaeology. I have broad interests ranging from the age of exploration to colonial and industrial development, which I approach from world-systems perspective. My focus is on diasporic populations and identity formation among marginalized communities, particularly in the Caribbean. Current projects include investigation of maritime slave communities and the ethnicity of exploration. I am also an Educator with extensive experience teaching at several levels.
Selected Journal Articles and Peer-Reviewed Publications
2015 Sugar Cane Capitalism and Environmental Transformation. An Archaeology of Nevis, West Indies. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.
2015 Nevis. Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology. Basil Reid and Grant Gilmore III editors. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
2008 Boundaries, Borders, and Reference Points: The Caribbean Defined as Geographic Region and Social Reality. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 13(1): 45-62
2006  "Sugar Mills, Technology, and Environmental Change: A Case Study of Colnial Agro-Industrail Development in the Caribbean." Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology 32(1): 53-80
2001 “Shipwrecks in the Classroom: Plan for a Simulated Excavation.” History Beneath the Sea. Society for American Archaeology Publications in Education. KC Smith and Amy Douglass, eds. (Washington D.C.) pp21-25.
2000 “Post Colonial Transformation and Invention of Cultural Identity on Nevis, West Indies.”
1997 Review: Presenting Archaeology to the Public, in Journal of Industrial Archaeology 23(2): 60-61. Society for Industrial Archaeology.
1996 “Bones in the Sand: Reconnaissance and Test Excavations of the Nineteenth Century Barkentine Jane L Stanford,” Symposium on Underwater Archaeology in California. Proceedings of the Society for California Archaeology 9:157-160, Judyth Reed, ed.
1996 “A Classroom Window to the Unseen Universe” Chapter in final report of Project LINK (Live and Interactive Network of Knowledge) EurekaScience/NASA/Exploratorium of San Francisco.
1995 “Teaming Up for Education: Shipwrecks in the Classroom. Combining Science with History,” Underwater Archaeology, pp140-143. Proceedings of the Conference on Underwater Archaeology. Co-authored with Connie Nobles. Paul Johnston, ed.
1991 “Shipwrecks in a Bottle: Simulation Strategies for Teaching Adolescents Underwater Archaeology, pp 24-26. ,” Proceedings of the Conference on Underwater Archaeology. John Broadwater, ed.
1988 “Political Science for Archaeologists?” Underwater Archaeology, pp 40-43. Proceedings of the Conference on Underwater Archaeology. James Delgado, ed.
Recent Conference Papers and Presentations (unpublished) to be updated
Attendance and presentations this year at conferences: Society for California Archaeology, Southwestern Anthropological Association, and National Association for Oceanic and Maritime History. I will be presenting as well at the conference of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology on Antigua in July.
2007 "Iron Cauldrons and Consumer Ceramics: Material Culture and Material Behavior on a West Indian Sugar Plantation." Annual conference for the Southwern Anthropological Association, Sacramento, CA.
2007 "Peripheral Relations: Maritime Links Joining the Caribbean and North America During early Colonialism." Symposium Organizer/Chair; Borders Without Boundaries: maritime Links Between the Caribbean and North American Colonies in the Chain of Commerce. Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Williamsburg, VA.
2006 "...to the main object all is sacrificed..." Industrial Development in the Colonial West Indies Along the Sharp Edge of European Cultural Exoansion. Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA.
2005 " A Caribbean Context for the World System: A Case Study in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Economic and Social Interdependency." Conference for the Society of Post-Medieval Archaeology, Nevis West Indies.
2005 “Sugar Mines in the Caribbean: Technology, Environment and the Impact of Agro-industrialism in the Periphery.” Conference of the Society for Industrial Archaeology, Milwaukee, WI.
2005 Review of: Shared Spaces and Divided Places: Material Dimensions of Gender Relations and the American Historical Landscape.Historical Archaeology 40(2)Society for Historical Archaeology.
2005 “Colonial Caribbean Landscapes: An Industrial Signature Written in Sugar” Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, York, England. To be presented January.
2004 "Cades Bay, Nevis, West Indies: Report on Underwater Visual Survey." Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, St Louis, MO.
2004 "Socioeconomic Evolution and Environmental Change: A Case Study ofCapitalism from Nevis, West Indies, 1625-1833." Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, St Louis, MO.
2003 "The Caribbean, Capitalism and Environment: The Evolution of a Colonial Landscape, 1627-1833." Conference for the Society of American Archaeology, Milwaukee, WI.
2003 "What's More Important, the Ships or the Sugar? The Caribbean, Capitalism and Environment: The Evolution of a Colonial Landscape, 1627-1833." Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Providence, RI.
2001 “Improving Student Academic Performance Through Archaeology: A Classroom Simulation Approach.” Annual Conference for the Society for HistoricalArchaeology, Long Beach, Ca.
2001 “Nevisan Sailing Lighters: Small Vessels of Caribbean Inter-Island Transport.” Conference for the Society for Historical Archaeology, Long Beach, Ca.
2001 “World Systems and the Caribbean: A Framework for the Evolution of Capitalism.” Student Symposium, Michigan State University. Sponsored by the Associated Graduate Students of Anthropology.
2000 “Material Culture of a 17th Century Entrepôt: The Evidence from Underwater Archaeology at Port Royal, Jamaica.” Anthropology Seminar at Michigan State.
2000 “The Nexus of Environment and Worldview in Caribbean Colonial Context: Building an Approach for Landscape Interpretation on Nevis, West Indies.”Conference for the Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Canada.
1999 “Post Colonial Transformation and Invention of Cultural Identity on Nevis, West Indies.” Conference on Imperial and Postcolonial Historic Studies, Michigan State University.
1999 “A Bittersweet Legacy: Archaeological Assessment of Port St. George, An Eighteenth Century Sugar Plantation and Harbor Complex.” Michigan Archaeological Society, Upper Grand Valley Chapter.
Archaeological Field Work
2015 Loma Prieta Mill Project. Santa Cruz, CA.
2013 Morgans Village Project. Nevis west Indies
2012 Nevis Prehistoric Burial Recovery Project. Director
2010 National Geographic Special. Wicked pirate City. Documenting Port Roayal, Jamaica. Wall to Wall television, London.
2007-2011 Bush Hill Project Field School , Nevis, West Indies. Director.
2004 Historic Colonial Landscape Project. Nevis West Indies. Director.
2003 Historic Colonial Landscape Project. Nevis, West Indies. Director.
2002 Nevis Historic Landscape Survey Project. Nevis, West Indies. Director.
2000 Nevisan Lighter Documentation Project. Nevis, West Indies. Director.
1999 Clinton Township, Michigan. Kalamazoo canal and mill site survey. Contracted with Hemisphere Field Services, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota. Wayne Bischoff, director.
1997 Port St. George Project. Nevis, West Indies. Director. Completion of Masters of Science, Michigan Tech. Underwater and terrestrial survey with test excavations of plantation and harbor complex. [See: www.ss.mtu.edu/IA/IAweb/projects.html]
1997 Carp River Forge Project. Marquette, Michigan. Field School for Industrial Archaeology. Individually conducted first ever underwater survey in Carp River, successfully locating significant industrial artifacts related to mill and forge. Michigan Technological University. Pat Martin, director.
1990 Jane L Stanford Project. Santa Rosa Island, California. Co-Director. Underwater survey and terrestrial excavation of late nineteenth century Barkentine. Coordinated between the San Agustin Institute and Channel Islands National Park Service, Don Morris, supervisor.
1987 Cayman Islands Park Project. Archaeological supervisor and consultant for Indiana University Scuba Research Program. Collaboration between I.U. and Tourism Ministry to establish underwater archaeological park and reef protection. Charlie Beeker, director.
1986 San Francisco National Maritime Museum. Internship in historic small craft restoration and documentation. Recorded and lofted historic Italian “felucca” for replication.
1985 Columbus Caravel Project. St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. Collaboration of Texas A&M and the Jamaican National Trust. Divemaster. Terrestrial and underwater survey and test excavations in search of the last two ships of Columbus. Roger Smith, director.
1984 Port Royal Project. Port Royal, Jamaica. Field school in underwater archaeology. Texas A&M University’s Institute of Nautical Archaeology. Donny Hamilton, director.
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