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Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, VA 24595

{P} 434.381.6100

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Keith AdamsKeith Adams
Adjunct Instructor of Archaeology

{E} kadams@sbc.edu

Keith Adams' first archaeological experience was as a teenager on excavations at the William Paca House Gardens in Annapolis, Md.

After four years in the Air Force, including a post in Turkey, Adams returned to college in 1972. After switching from pre-med to classical archaeology, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 1976. He is also a 1974 alumnus of College Year in Athens.

In 1981, Adams received a Master of Arts in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later studied archaeology, including palynology, at Boston University.

His first major archaeological field experience was a field school in Greece at the classical site of Haleis and the Paleolithic and Neolithic site of Francthi cave.

Since 1982, he has worked professionally as an archaeologist on prehistoric and historical sites in New England, the Midwest, Arizona and Virginia. He was a field archaeologist for the Office of Public Archaeology (Boston University), and later at Argonne National Laboratories. He was field director at Patrick Engineering in Chicago and most recently senior staff archaeologist at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest in Virginia.

Adams has authored or co-authored more than 40 contract archaeology reports and professional papers. He also co-authored a special volume of Michigan Archaeologist. His master's thesis was published in "Contingent Countryside: Settlement, Economy, and Land Use in the Southern Argolid since 1700," edited by Susan Buck Sutton.

Claudia ChangClaudia Chang
Professor of Anthropology

{P} 434.381.6191
{E} cchang@sbc.edu

Claudia Chang has taught at Sweet Briar College since 1981. She received her Master of Arts and doctorate in anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Her specialties include ethnoarchaeology, archaeology, Central Asia and the Mediterranean.

Chang is the director of an international field research project on the archaeology of the Iron Age in the Republic of Kazakhstan. She has been a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in 1994-1995 at the Kazakh State University in the Republic of Kazakhstan and in 2006 at Banasthali Vidyapith University in Rajasthan, India.

In 1994, she edited with Harold A. Koster, "Pastoralists at the Periphery: Herders in a Capitalist World" (University of Arizona Press). She also has edited volumes on Kazakh prehistory and archaeology, as well as co-edited an exhibition catalog, "Of Gold and Grass: Nomads of Kazakhstan" in 2006 (Foundation for International Arts and Education, Bethesda, Md.). Chang is the author of more than 25 articles in her field.

At Sweet Briar, she teaches courses in archaeology and cultural anthropology.

Deborah DurhamDeborah Durham
Professor of Anthropology

{P} 434.381.6229
{E} durham@sbc.edu

After majoring in history at Smith College and studying archaeology at Boston University, Deborah Durham earned a doctorate in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1993.

Since the 1980s, Durham has conducted research on cultural identity, liberalism and democracy, and on youth groups and discourses of youth in Botswana, focusing on the Herero community of Mahalapye. More recently, she has been engaged in fieldwork on retirement, aging and the middle class in western Turkey, work begun with a Fulbright research grant in 2007-2008.

Durham has received grants from, among others, the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She also spent a year as a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.

Durham is co-editor with Jennifer Cole of two books, "Generations and Globalization: Youth, Age, and Family in the New World Economy" and "Figuring the Future: Globalization and the Temporalities of Children and Youth." She has published numerous articles and chapters in edited books, and convened conferences on anthropological topics.

Durham has been at Sweet Briar since 1993, where she has directed the Honors Program and teaches a wide variety of courses in cultural anthropology.

While in Turkey on summer research projects, Durham misses her two cats, Cengiz Bey and Lâle.

Perry TourtellottePerry Tourtellotte
Adjunct Instructor of Archaeology

{E} ptourtellotte@sbc.edu

Perry A. Tourtellotte started his career in archaeology in the 1960s. While in high school, he attended his first archaeological field school, and the summer before he started college he had his first paid job as an archaeologist.

After graduating from Hartwick College with an anthropology degree with concentrations in archaeology and geology, Tourtellotte started his career working on a highway survey in Central New York and conducting an archaeological survey in the highlands of Costa Rica.

He spent several years working on historic and prehistoric archaeological projects in New York, North Carolina and Virginia.

In 1984, Tourtellotte received a Master of Arts in anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Since that time, he has worked on contract archaeology projects in central Virginia and as an archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service in the Jefferson National Forest.

Tourtellotte also has worked with his wife, Claudia Chang, on an ethnoarchaeological project in northwestern Greece, and has spent many years conducting archaeological surveys and excavations in Southern Kazakhstan. In 2008, he and Chang received medals from the Kazakh Ministry of Science and Higher Education for their contributions to science and history of Kazakhstan.