Director: Dr. Matthew Sanger
My interests revolve around questions of mobility, landscape, heritage, and community formation within Native American societies. I address these topics through archaeological research, largely in the American Southeast, where I study ancient coastal hunter-gatherers. My research is heavily dependent on American Indian philosophies, oral histories, and collaborative research with descendant communities as I strive to understand how cosmological worldviews and ecological conditions influenced societal development.
My research influences my position as Co-Director of the MA Public Archaeology program, where I train students to work within the public sphere, including archaeological firms, museums, state and federal agencies, and historical societies. As such, the MA program prepares students to find employment at the intersection between archaeology and various invested communities, including descendant groups.
Technology plays a critical role in my research as I use remote sensing in my fieldwork, including resistivity, magnetometry, and ground penetrating radar. I also bring technology into my analyses, particularly the use of radiography and three-dimensional scanning to investigate how objects were formed and used by past peoples.
My upcoming work includes surveys and excavations at the Sea Pines Shell Ring, a site located just north of Savannah, Georgia, that is more than three thousand years old and contains some of the earliest evidence for village formation, pottery manufacture, and regional polity creation in the United States.
Co-Director: Dr. Randall McGuire
Randall McGuire is an archaeologist whose principal interests lie in the development of power relations in the past. He has carried out most of his field work in the U.S. Southwest and currently is conducting a long-term field project in northwest Mexico. He has also done historical archaeology and oral history research in the northeastern U.S. In 2010, he completed a project investigating the 1913-1914 coal strike in southern Colorado. He is starting research in contemporary archaeology on the U.S. – Mexican border around Nogales, Arizona. In addition to historical archaeology, history and ethnology, his interests include quantitative methods, social theory, cultural resource management and archaeomagnetic dating.
Director of the Public Archaeology Facility (PAF): Dr. Nina Versaggi
Nina Versaggi’s research centers on the archaeological history and prehistory of the people who once lived in the present-day New York state and Pennsylvania. Particular interests include research on how pre-contact hunter-gatherers used the landscape, interacted with each other and produced the material culture recognized by archaeologists today. The Late Archaic, Transitional and Early Woodland periods form the core of her research, especially a critical evaluation of traditional chronological constructs and their potential for masking regional variability in cultural groups. She is active in presenting the results of archaeological research to the public and engaging communities in the interpretation of their heritage. She works with Native American groups on various consultation projects in New York.
MAPA Graduate Assistant: Katie Seeber
Katie Seeber is currently working at the MAPA program Graduate Assistant. She is a PhD student whose research interests focus around heritage archaeology, public archaeology, and utilization of archaeological data to engage contemporary communities with the past. Her work with Dr. Matthew Sanger, Dr. Siobhan Hart, and Dr. Nina Versaggi focuses on utilizing archaeology as a tool to challenge the dominant historical narrative of brown and black community erasure on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Her past work at James Madison’s Montpelier Archaeological Dept. and masters thesis work on 18th century Haudenosaunee multi-national communities in the southern tier of New York state have helped her shape her research and methodologies in public archaeology. Her dissertation work on Hilton Head Island is focusing on using public archaeology and heritage/community work to make visible the deep but silenced histories of indigenous and Gullah/Geechee communities that have lived on the island for thousands and hundreds of years.
MAPA Webmaster: Angela Kristin VandenBroek
Angela is a freelance web developer and an anthropology PhD candidate at Binghamton University. She combines her anthropological expertise with nearly a decade of experience in design and web development to investigate cultures of expertise that generate around working with and making web and other digital technologies.
Please contact us at: msanger(at)binghamton(dot)edu