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Archaeology at UIC

Welcome to Archaeology at UIC

The Archaeology program at UIC offers a broad range of topical specializations in ancient economies, emergence of political and economic complexity, chiefdom-state interaction, early urbanism, origins of inequality, village social dynamics, craft production and technologies (ceramics, glass, metals), maritime trade, human ecology, ethnohistory, and social network theory. Current regional interests and projects span prehistoric and historic contexts across the New World and Old World in the United States (Southwest and Northeast), Mesoamerica (Oaxaca, Guatemala), South America (Peru, Brazil), Europe (Greece, Hungary), mainland and island Southeast Asia (Cambodia, the Philippines), East Asia (China) and the Pacific (Papua New Guinea).  

Core UIC-Field Museum Archaeology Faculty

Brian S. Bauer, Professor, Ph.D., University of Chicago (Peru and Bolivia)                                                      

Gary Feinman, Adjunct Professor and MacArthur Curator of Mesoamerican, Central American, and East Asian Anthropology at the Field Museum, Ph.D. (Mexico and China)                         

Robert J. Hasenstab, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of GIS Laboratory, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts (Northeast USA)                                                                                      

Mitch Hendrickson, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. University of Sydney  (South East Asia)         

Laura Junker, Associate Professor, Ph.D. University of Michigan (South East Asia)

Vince M. LaMotta, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Arizona (Southwest, USA)

Joel Palka, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University (Meso America)

William Parkinson, Adjunct Professor and Associate Curator at the Field Museum, Ph.D., University of Michigan  (Mediterrania and Eastern Europe)

Anna C. Roosevelt, Professor, Ph.D., Columbia University   (Amazon and Africa)                                           

John Terrell, Adjunct Professor and Regenstein Curator at the Field Museum, Ph.D., Harvard University

Ryan P Williams, Adjunct Professor, Associate Curator and Section Head at the Field Museum, Ph.D., University of Florida (Peru and Bolivia)

The Anthropology Department is home to the Spatial Analysis Laboratory which provides training in Geographic Information Systems and processing of remote sensing data. For more information about the lab contact the coordinator Dr. Robert Hasenstab.

Our shared PhD program with the Department of Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History offers opportunities to work with the Curators of Anthropology and the extensive global collections curated within the museum. Students can also access the Elemental Analysis Facility which includes an Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) laboratory, an X-ray Fluorescence laboratory, and an optical mineralogy laboratory.

Our faculty is affiliated with a number of other programs and departments, including Latin American and Latino Studies, and Asian Studies.