Contact Info

250B Baldwin Hall

Research Projects

My research focuses in part on the application of geoarchaeological methods to the study of prehistory. For the past two decades my projects have involved the study of the continental shelves of the American Southeast. Three graduate students have produced theses and dissertations that arose from this work. I hope to continue this research over the next 30 months with a funded program to identify sedimentological, geochemical  and inclusional proxies for submerged prehistoric archaeological sites. Additionally, students, under my direction, have completed archaeological geophysical studies on U.S. and European sites. One recent study in 2015 used radar and magnetometry to map a hill fort in the southern highlands of Scotland.


Of note:
  • 2010 “Rip” Rapp Award in Archaeological Geology, Geological Society of  America
  • 2009    Fellow of the Geological Society of America 

PhD, Anthropology, University of Missouri, 1979

Research Areas:
Research Interests:
  • Geoarchaeology/archeogeophysics
  • Archaeometry and archaeological science
  • Paleoecology
  • Prehistoric underwater archaeology
  • Iron and Bronze Age Europe
  • Southeast U.S. prehistory
Selected Publications:
  • 2016          Techniques in Archaeological Geology. 2nd edition. Springer. 
  • 2003          Techniques in Archaeological Geology. Springer. 
  • 1998          A History of Engineering and Technology: Artful  Methods.
                      2nd Edition. Boca Raton: CRC Press LLC, Inc.
  • 1998          Geological Methods for Archaeology.
                      London. New York: Oxford University Press. Norman Herz, co-author.
  • 1991          A History of Engineering and Technology: Artful Methods. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Inc. 
  • 2014          X-ray diffraction, in The Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. 11 volumes. Edited by
                      Claire Smith, ed. Springer-Verlag. New York.
  • 2012          Local mining or lead importation in the Roman province of Africa Proconsularis?  Lead
                      isotope analysis of curse tablets from Roman Carthage. Journal of Archaeological
                    Science, 39:970-983. S. Skaggs, N.Norman, E. Garrison, D. Coleman and S. Bouhlel.