Research and Scholarly Activities
Dr. Paul Thacker (Ph.D., Southern Methodist University), an anthropological archaeologist, researches the human past through his ongoing fieldwork in the United States and western Europe. He teaches courses in prehistory and archaeological theory in addition to directing the archaeology laboratory and a summer archaeological field school at sites in North Carolina. Dr. Thacker emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of archaeology with interests in areas including geoarchaeology, spatial analysis, and the anthropology of hunter-gatherers. His current projects are geographically and chronologically diverse, ranging from the social organization of Upper Paleolithic hunter-gatherers in Portugal during the last ice age to the industrial landscapes of the Louisiana wetlands.
Teaching and Student Engagement
ANT 112 – Introduction to Archaeology
ANT 315 – Artifact Analysis and Laboratory Methods in Archaeology
ANT 339 A – Culture and Nature
ANT 370 – Old World Prehistory