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Alice Wright holding statuette award

Dr. Alice P. Wright recognized as top young scholar and leader of interdisciplinary research team

Dr. Alice P. Wright was presented the C.B. Moore Award for “Excellence in Southeastern Archaeology or associated studies by a younger scholar” at ...

Standing Rock camp

Dr. Dana Powell and Ricki Draper highlighted in Appalachian Magazine for Standing Rock research

The Standing Rock protest has given Dr. Dana Powell an unexpected opportunity to further her research around indigenous land claims and ener...

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Experimental Archaeology class highlighted in Appalachian Magazine

If you’re a student in Dr. Tom Whyte’s archaeology class, prepare to get your hands dirty. Cooked roadkill, flint-chipping kind of dirty....

Faculty Spotlights

Dr. Timothy Smith

Dr. Timothy J. Smith, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Timothy J. Smith has developed a special relationship during the past 20 years with the predominantly indigenous town of Sololá, Guatemala....

Gwen Robbins Schug

Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug, Professor of Anthropology

Gwen Robbins Schug is a bioarchaeologist interested in paleopathology, paleodemography, long bone ontogeny, bone histology, and South Asian prehistory...

Thomas Whyte

Dr. Thomas R. Whyte, Professor of Anthropology

Tom Whyte's research includes southern Appalachian prehistoric archaeology, zooarchaeology, and experimental archaeology. His recent research includes...

Alumni Spotlights

Christopher Moore

Christopher R. Moore, Archaeologist at the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (SRARP)

After graduating from Appalachian with a B.S. in Anthropology in 1997, Chris attended East Carolina University where he received an M.A. in Anthropolo...

Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry is executive producer and researcher for a new documentary about Colombian peace process

Sarah Perry graduated in 2014 with a degree in anthropology and a minor in Spanish. She worked in the non-profit sector in Asheville for a year after ...

Abby Bishop

Abby Bishop, Public Outreach Coordinator for the North Carolina Conservation Network

Abby Bishop (2013) worked for the staff of the North Carolina Conservation Network from 2014-2016 as their Public Outreach Organizer. Through this rol...


TImothy Smith

Dr. Timothy J. Smith has been appointed to ACLS national selection committee

Dr. Timothy J. Smith has been appointed to the national selection committee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies D...

Dana Powell

Dr. Dana Powell named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine

Dr. Dana Powell has been named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine. Her research covers the cultural politics of energy developm...

Tom Whyte

Dr. Tom Whyte named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine

Dr. Tom Whyte has been named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine. His areas of research include southern Appalachian p...