Graduate Research Assistants
Current graduate research assistants
Post-Doctoral fellows with the ASU Center for Archaeology and Society
ASB 335 Ancient Ruins of the Southwest (in-person and online)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the archaeology of the US Southwest for all interested students, and to provide majors with essential background and an opportunity to begin working with the professional literature. We cover the Southwest from the times of the earliest inhabitants until the early European colonial period, with focus on later developments and cultural fluorescence in areas such as the Mimbres Valley, Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, and our own Phoenix Basin. Emphasis is on the process of archaeological investigation: in addition to learning about the past, students will learn about the nature of archaeological investigation and scientific inquiry
ASB 394 / ASB 333 "Mythbusters" Frauds and Fakes in Archaeology
Depictions of archaeology in popular culture are full of dubious tales of ancient extraterrestrials, giants, and widespread scientific conspiracy. In this class we will explore such fantastic claims and learn how archaeologists separate plausible arguments from pseudoscience. We will also critically examine how and why pseudoscientific claims develop and take hold of the public imagination.
ASM 565 Quantitative and Formal Methods in Archaeology
The overarching goal of this course is for students to become both critical readers of arguments relying on quantitative techniques and also for students to learn how to find, use, and present appropriate techniques to address substantive archaeological questions in their own research. This course is as much about the clear presentation of quantitative arguments as it is about the methods themselves. In many cases, simple visuals may be preferable to complex quantitative methods. I hope to help students build an intuition on when and how to use quantitative approaches for different audiences.
ASB 568 Intrasite Research Strategies
This course is focused on interpretations of and exploratory methods for analyzing spatial and temporal patterns in archaeological contexts. We will cover a range of topics relevant for both intra-site analyses and studies at any scale including: distributional analysis, clustering techniques, artifact/feature co-associations, spatial autocorrelation, chronological modelling, spatial networks, and sampling. Each week will typically be divided into seminar discussion of readings illustrating particular methods or frameworks, hands-on work focused on statistical or visualization techniques, and, later in the semester, discussion of analytical issues or problems being faced by participants in the course in their own research.