Meet the Staff: David Carlson


Role: Principle Investigator

Background: I earned my Bachelors in Anthropology at the University of Florida in 2007, with a general focus on archaeology. I then worked for several years in Cultural Resource Management in Florida and North Carolina before enrolling in the University of Washington Anthropology graduate program in 2010. Between the two, I managed to earn a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. I came to the UW to study landscapes, power, and resistance, and though the geographical focus of my research has radically changed, my interests have remained at least partially consistent.

Description: My research interests focus on the intersections of material culture, immigration, race, and labor in United States history. I explore these topics through the careful application of principles and concepts from several fields, including: landscape archaeology; the archaeology of race, ethnicities, and labor; and the historiographies of specific migrant groups. My methodological interests include non-invasive archaeological survey techniques (e.g. geophysical survey, remote sensing), digital public archaeology, Geographic Information Systems/Science, and ceramic and glass analysis. I have also developed a strong interest in the analysis of archaeological rhetoric, argumentation, and epistemology.


Meet the Staff: Hollis Miller


Role: Summer 2016 Crew Chief/Assistant

Background: I earned Bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology & Sociology and Geology in 2015 from Lafayette College in Easton, PA. During my career at Lafayette, I pursued a number of research interests, namely human-environmental interactions, resilience and paleoclimatology, which culminated in an undergraduate thesis that used agent-based modeling to explore the relationship of social connectivity to resilience among Mongolian pastoralists. Currently, I am studying archaeology as a graduate student at the University of Washington.

Description: My current research interests continue to revolve around people and their interactions with the environment. For instance, I am curious about how people use their social connections in order to navigate or mediate climatic or environmental change. Additionally, I am interested in community-based methods and strategies in archaeology.