Field School Staff

 

John Richards, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Dr. Richards is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the UWM Cultural Resource Management program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His interests include archaeological ceramic analysis, late pre-contact cultural dynamics in the Great Lakes and Midwest, Mississippian and Late Woodland site archaeology, and the history of archaeological thought. He has conducted archaeological field research in Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, Mexico, and Ireland. He has been involved in Aztalan archaeology since 1984 and has taught UWM Field Schools at the site in 2011 and 2013..

Eric Burant, Graduate Teaching Assistant, UW-Milwaukee

Mr. Burant is a graduate of UWM’s Archaeological Field School and has worked for UWM-CRM on a variety of sites in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. He has been a Teaching Assistant for Techniques and Problems in Archaeology: Introduction to Archaeological Mapping at UWM. He also has been a Research Assistant for several years with the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery (MCPFC) project. His master’s thesis is an analysis of materiality at the MCPFC. Eric’s interests include historical archaeology, Great Lakes/Midwest archaeology, human osteology, mortuary analysis, spatial analysis, digital survey and mapping, Geographic Information Systems, and archaeology in the public interest.

Megan Thornton, Graduate Teaching Assistant, UW-Milwaukee

Ms. Thornton currently serves as Collections Manager for the UWM Archaeological Research Laboratory. She has completed the Museum Studies certificate program and is currently working on her master’s thesis. Megan is a graduate of UWM’s Archaeological Field School and has worked for UWM-CRM on a variety of sites in Wisconsin. Her interests include ceramic analysis, collections management, Great Lakes archaeology, and public archaeology.