After graduating from Appalachian with a B.S. in Anthropology in 1997, Chris attended East Carolina University where he received an M.A. in Anthropology (2000). Upon completing the M.A. program, Chris was accepted as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE), Research Fellow in Postgraduate Environmental Management at the Fort Bragg Cultural Resources Management Program. In 2003, Chris was accepted into an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Coastal Resources Management at East Carolina University (ECU). His dissertation research consisted of an investigation of archaeological formation processes, stratigraphy, and geochronology of aeolian dunes and alluvial terrace sites along the Tar River in eastern North Carolina.
After completing the Ph.D. program at ECU, Chris was hired by the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (SRARP) as a research archaeologist and public outreach coordinator. In his position with the SRARP, Chris splits his time conducting educational outreach and research activities and has worked to integrate outreach with research and publication by training local volunteers to assist in fieldwork and lab analysis. Currently, Chris is involved in numerous research projects including geoarchaeology and luminescence (OSL) dating of Carolina bays and stratified alluvial terrace sites in North and South Carolina, immunological blood residue analysis of stone tools, paleoclimate reconstruction from the analysis of geologic cores, lithic sourcing,and a GIS-based study designed to evaluate the social scale of hunter-gatherers using data from the South Carolina Statewide Collector Survey.
Currently, Chris, his wife Wendy, and their son Nicolas live in Aiken, South Carolina.
Posted March 13, 2017 - 12:04pm