Anthropology faculty

Sioban Hart  Siobhan Hart

   Assistant Professor of Anthropology
   PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2009
   Science 1, Room 229

Research interests

My research interests are in Indigenous archaeologies, community-based practice, heritage, cultural property and the dynamics of colonialism. Currently, I am examining the intersections of these domains in the context of Northeastern North America. Drawing on training in both "prehistoric" and "historic" archaeology, I am interested in using collaborative archaeology to confront the erasures of Native American peoples and histories in New England in the interest of broader equity and social justice efforts.

As Co-Director of the Pocumtuck Fort Archaeology and Stewardship Project (PFASP) in Deerfield, Massachusetts, my current project engages multiple stakeholder communities in the investigation and preservation and stewardship planning for a 17th century Native American site. This is one of only a handful of professionally excavated early colonial Native sites in the region. PFASP is an on-going project with an active fieldwork component and includes a variety of materially-based studies that examine colonialism and change on a human scale. The project also includes student research projects focused on material culture, exhibit design, and the development of community-based heritage products.

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

2012   Decolonizing Indigenous Histories at the "Prehistoric/Colonial" Intersection in Archaeology. Co-editor with Maxine Oland and Liam Frink. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2012   Decolonizing through Heritage Work in the Pocumtuck Homeland of Northeastern North America. In Decolonizing Indigenous Histories at the "Prehistoric/Colonial" Intersection in Archaeology, ed. M. Oland, S. Hart, and L. Frink, pp. 86-109. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2012   Lost in Transition: Pathways to Decolonizing Indigenous Histories in Archaeology. Co-author with Maxine Oland and Liam Frink. In Decolonizing Indigenous Histories at the "Prehistoric/Colonial" Intersection in Archaeology, ed. M. Oland, S. Hart, L. Frink, pp. 1-15. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2011   Heritage, Neighborhoods and Cosmopolitan Sensibilities: Poly-Communal Archaeology in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Present Pasts 3:26-34.

2010   Indigenous Archaeologies: A Reader on Decolonization. Co-editor with Margaret Bruchac and H. Martin Wobst. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.

2009   Crafting Collaborative Archaeologies: Two Case Studies from New England. Co-author with Elizabeth Chilton. Collaborative Anthropologies 2:87-107.

2009   Before Hadley: Archaeology and Native History, 10,000 BC -1700 AD. Co-author with Elizabeth Chilton and Christopher Donta. In Cultivating a Past: Essays on the History of Hadley, Massachusetts, ed. Marla Miller, pp. 43-67. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

2009   Archaeology and Community Service Learning in the "Pioneer Valley." Co-author with Elizabeth Chilton. In Archaeological Practice and Community Service Learning, ed. Michael Nassaney and Mary Ann Levine, pp. 168-182. Gainesville: University of Florida Press.

2004   Mixed Assemblages and Indigenous Agents: Decolonizing Pine Hill. Northeast Anthropology 68:57-71.


Other Affiliations:

Supervisor, Archaeology and Heritage Laboratory, Binghamton University
(Archaeology and Heritage Laboratory)

Last Updated: 6/23/15