“The past is right under your feet”

Although I started out working with stone tools of the French Upper Paleolithic, and have worked in Peru and Tanzania, I’d consider myself a Midwestern archaeologist. I’m interested in material culture and technology (especially lithic) up through the industrial age in the 20th century. I also study college teaching and learning related to archaeology and ethical responsibility. I am the Principal Investigator on the Learning NAGPRA Project, funded by the National Science Foundation. This four-year project aims to improve understanding and practice to comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and to facilitate collaboration and participation with descendant communities in all aspects of archaeology. I teach courses on lithic technology, historical archaeology, industrial archaeology, the ancient Andean region, and other heritage-themed topics relating to archaeology, tourism, museums, and preservation. In 2015 I was appointed to the Indiana Historic Preservation Review Committee by Governor Mike Pence.