The Anthracite Heritage Program explores the domestic and work lives of the new immigrants who came to the anthracite coal region of northeastern Pennsylvania over a century ago. The program is working in various patch towns performing oral histories, recording some of the remaining structures, and carrying out archaeology around domestic structures. The goal of this program is to connect the struggles of the historic new immigrant to the current social justice issues facing the contemporary new immigrant. Contact: Paul Shackel

Archaeology in Annapolis, founded in 1981, showed that the city’s landscapes were designed as volumes, not as maps, that there were plentiful remains of the African roots of African American religions, and that archaeology could serve the interests of the middle and disfranchised classes.  The project began work on plantations and their enslaved African populations in 2000, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The archaeology on the Eastern Shore is concerned with Wye House Plantation, where Frederick Douglass discovered that he was a slave, when he was a child there. Excavations in The Hill community focus on a free African American town founded before 1790. Archaeology in Annapolis is concerned with issues of freedom, slavery, and class. Contact: Mark Leone

The Archaeology of Modern Ireland is an exploration of the heritage of Ireland’s most dynamic periods of transformation and resilience dating from the 1800 to 1930. The location for the research program is in the Skibbereen area of County Cork. Skibbereen is located 51 miles (82 km) southeast of Cork City. The interpretation of recovered material culture, vernacular architecture, and the memory of the community all structure an understanding of the impact of colonialism, famine, and capitalism on socio-cultural change in Ireland, larger national and international aspects of the Irish Diaspora, as well as forms the foundation for a comparable database to model and interpret the diverse worlds and experiences of Irish communities at home and immigrants world-wide. Contact: Stephen A. Brighton

The Comparative Island Ecodynamics Project (CIE) is investigating the dynamics behind the dramatically different fates of three medieval Norse North Atlantic colonies; the Faroes, Iceland and Norse Greenland over the last millennium. The RESPONSE project is specifically looking into the relationship between the environment and society in both the Norse as well as early colonial periods in Greenland while concentrating on archaeological sites threatened by a rapidly changing climate. Starting in 2020 it is anticipated that new field projects focusing on climate threatened sites from the Norse through the early modern period in Scotland will be begun.  The research themes of the previous projects will be continued in these new projects along with an increased focus on the relationships between human and maritime systems. Contact: George Hambrecht

Heritage Landscapes and Agrobiodiversity under Climate Change integrates methods of landscape archaeology and heritage ethnography to investigate the impacts of climate change on traditional agricultural practices and agricultural heritage landscapes in Italy. The project focuses on the implications of climate change for agrobiodiversity; adaptive management responses for safeguarding agricultural heritage resources; and opportunities for climate communication through Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) and UNESCO World Heritage cultural landscapes. Contact: Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels

The long-running Proyecto Arqueológico Chavín focuses on the architecture and landscape engineering underpinning the development of this early ceremonial complex.  Located high on the eastern slope of the Peruvian Central Andes, Chavín de Huántar is a mound-and-plaza complex that typifies the burgeoning sociopolitical complexity and florescence in art and architecture of the Central Andes in the 1st millennium BCE. Contact: Daniel Contreras

The Research on the Archaeology of Pastoralism in Tanzania (RAPT) project examines the spread of livestock herding into Tanzania during the first millennium BCE through archaeological and geoarchaeological survey and excavation of the Pastoral Neolithic site of Luxmanda in north-central Tanzania. Contact: Daniel Contreras

The Sharara Project ( is part of a broader investigation into early experimentation with agriculture in Jordan’s Wadi al-Hasa during the early Neolithic.  Archaeological and geoarchaeological research focuses on the environmental and social contexts of early plant agriculture. Contact: Daniel Contreras

The Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project (SNAP) focuses on the long-term (Middle Paleolithic – Mesolithic) exploitation of the Stélida chert source on the Greek island of Naxos (  This survey and excavation project explores one of the very few sites with abundant evidence for Paleolithic activity in the Aegean, and to do so must confront the surprising challenge of archaeology in a stone tool quarry: too many artifacts. Contact: Daniel Contreras

The Zooarchaeology of James Madison’s Montpelier project investigates the lived experiences of the enslaved community, the development of cuisine practices, and environmental change at the Virginia Piedmont home of the fourth U.S. president. This research has occurred in close collaboration with the Archaeology Division at James Madison’s Montpelier since 2001. Contact: Barnet Pavão-Zuckerman

The Zooarchaeology of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello project, a collaboration with the Archaeology Division at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, began at the University of Maryland in 2017. Current project team members are investigating faunal remains recovered from a ground floor kitchen associated with the early occupation of the plantation by the Jeffersons and the enslaved community. Contact: Barnet Pavão-Zuckerman

The Zooarchaeology of Colonialism project addresses the experiences of Native Americans and European settlers in the North American Southeast and Southwest during the era of colonialism with particular focus on the introduction of Eurasian livestock and the integration of Native labor into European market economies in the 16th through 18th centuries. Contact: Barnet Pavão-Zuckerman