Anthropology faculty

Sioban Hart  Siobhan Hart

   Assistant Professor of Anthropology
   PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2009
   Science 1, Room 229

Research interests

My research examines heritage practice, the politics of community recognition, and collaborative research. As an anthropological archaeologist, I am interested in what we know about the past, how we know it, and how it matters to people today. My research is unified by a concern with using archaeology, material culture, and community collaboration to address inequities in the world today. Engaging with contemporary communities about past lives and experiences through heritage work provides a focal point for dialogue and action that can improve quality of life, increase sociopolitical power, and contribute to dismantling structural inequalities.

I have three current projects that research colonialism, community, and heritage in different ways: (1) a study of archaeological assemblages from 17th century Native American sites in New England's Connecticut River Valley; (2) an examination of New England's Native American heritage landscapes, community recognition, and political power; and (3) a study of heritage and sustainability and digital storytelling in Rust Belt urban settings including Binghamton, New York.

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

2015   Digging and Destruction: Artifact Looting as Meaningful Social Practice. Co-author with Elizabeth Chilton. International Journal of Heritage Studies 21(4):318-335.

2014   Indigenous Archaeologies Section Entries. Co-editor (invited) with Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu and Sean Ulm. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeologies. Springer.

2012   Materiality and Autonomy in the Pocumtuck Homeland. Co-author with Margaret Bruchac. Archaeologies 8(3):293-312.

2012   Decolonizing Indigenous Histories at the "Prehistoric/Colonial" Intersection in Archaeology. Co-editor with Maxine Oland and Liam Frink. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2012   Decolonizing through Heritage Work in the Pocumtuck Homeland of Northeastern North America. In Decolonizing Indigenous Histories at the "Prehistoric/Colonial" Intersection in Archaeology, ed. M. Oland, S. Hart, and L. Frink, pp. 86-109. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2012   Lost in Transition: Pathways to Decolonizing Indigenous Histories in Archaeology. Co-author with Maxine Oland and Liam Frink. In Decolonizing Indigenous Histories at the "Prehistoric/Colonial" Intersection in Archaeology, ed. M. Oland, S. Hart, L. Frink, pp. 1-15. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2011   Heritage, Neighborhoods and Cosmopolitan Sensibilities: Poly-Communal Archaeology in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Present Pasts 3:26-34.

2010   Indigenous Archaeologies: A Reader on Decolonization. Co-editor with Margaret Bruchac and H. Martin Wobst. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.

2009   Crafting Collaborative Archaeologies: Two Case Studies from New England. Co-author with Elizabeth Chilton. Collaborative Anthropologies 2:87-107.

2009   Before Hadley: Archaeology and Native History, 10,000 BC -1700 AD. Co-author with Elizabeth Chilton and Christopher Donta. In Cultivating a Past: Essays on the History of Hadley, Massachusetts, ed. Marla Miller, pp. 43-67. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

2009   Archaeology and Community Service Learning in the "Pioneer Valley." Co-author with Elizabeth Chilton. In Archaeological Practice and Community Service Learning, ed. Michael Nassaney and Mary Ann Levine, pp. 168-182. Gainesville: University of Florida Press.

2004   Mixed Assemblages and Indigenous Agents: Decolonizing Pine Hill. Northeast Anthropology 68:57-71.


Other Affiliations:

Supervisor, Archaeology and Heritage Laboratory, Binghamton University
(Archaeology and Heritage Laboratory)

Steering Committee Member, Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence

Last Updated: 8/17/15