Student-faculty research featured in ‘Archaeology’ magazine

Research being conducted by Associate Professor of Anthropology Anthony Graesch and students in his “Urban Ethnoarchaeology” course is featured in the current issue of “Archaeology” magazine. Graesch and his students collected cigarette butts discarded outside bars in New London and have been analyzing them in order to reveal the social identity of each bar’s community of customers.

“Identity is at the root of all archaeological research, even if it isn’t explicitly recognized as such,” Graesch told “Archaeology.” “We aim to understand the behaviors—social, economic, political, religious—that bring together and divide groups of humans.”

Read the “Archaeology” article “Where There’s Smoke … ”.



November 4, 2015