The archaeology subfield at CUNY 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 providing 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, the 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of historical documents and archaeology.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 emerging 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 Hunter AMICA imaging facility (jointly with Physical Anthropology)
and a developing GIS facility. The North Atlantic Biocultural Organization
(NABO) and the international Archaeological Field school in Iceland (CUNY-
Arch. Inst. Iceland- Oslo) are both managed from CUNY, providing students
with a wide network of opportunities and professional connections. Consortial
relationships with NYU, Columbia, Fordham, and the American Museum of Natural
History expand these resources for students and faculty.
Colin Amundsen. 2008. “Culture Contact, Ethnicity, and Food Practices of Coastal Finnmark, Norway (1200 to 1600 A.D.).”
Edith Gonzalez de Scollard. 2008. “Raising Cane: Sugar, People, and the Environment in Nineteenth Century Antigua, West Indies.”
- Cameron McNeil. 2006. “Maya Interactions with the Natural World: Landscape Transformation and Ritual Plant Use at Copan, Honduras.”
Woollett. 2003. "An Historical Ecology of Labrador Inuit Culture Change."
Perdikaris. 1999. "From Chiefly Provisioning to State Capital Ventures:
The Transition from Natural to Market Economy and the Commercialization
of Cod Fisheries in Medieval Arctic Norway."
Perry. 1996. "Archaeology of the Mfecane/Difaqane: Landscape Transformations
in post-15th century Southern Africa."
- NABO (The North
Atlantic Biocultural Organization)
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