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Dr David V Hill


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Hello-I am David V. Hill adjunct faculty in the department of Sociology and Anthropology. I hold a B.A in anthropology (with a Spanish minor) from the University of Tulsa, an M.A. in anthropology (with a geology minor) from Wichita State University, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin (2005). While the majority of my archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork is conducted in the southwestern United States, I have also worked in northern Mexico and in China. I have a strong interest in archaeometry-the application of analytical tools from the physical sciences to address anthropological and archaeological research questions. I am interested in archaeological ceramics, reconstructing technologies and craft communities, the movement of goods and identifying ethnic groups in the archaeological record. My dissertation research focused on reconstructing the origins and technological development of lead-based pottery glazes, called majolica, in Mesopotamia. I have conducted analysis of archaeological ceramics from Antigua, Barbados, China, Ecuador, Oman, Panama, the Philippines, and the Tekta Burnu a Greek Classical Period shipwreck. Currently, I also do consulting work for the Pueblo of Acoma, in New Mexico.

Much of my professional career has been in Public Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management. I teach courses in archaeology, museum studies and physical anthropology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Coming from a professional background I introduce students to anthropology as a practice-based learning experience. Students are provided the opportunity to have a variety of experiences as the analysis of artifacts, field trips and other learning-by-doing activities. I believe that by engaging directly with materials and real-world situations, students develop an in-depth understanding and appreciation of peoples and cultures as diverse and nuanced as their own.

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