Sean M. Rafferty

Office: Arts & Sciences Building, Room 120
Ph: (518) 442-4713
E-mail: srafferty@albany.edu                           Publications
Ph.D., Binghamton University, 2001                Curriculum Vitae

Sean M. Rafferty

 
Interests
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Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Eastern Woodlands, Archaeometry, Early Woodland and Adena Period Archaeology, Prehistoric Use of Medicinal and Psychoactive Plants, Public Outreach in Archaeology, Shamanism and Religion in Small-Scale Societies, Ethnobotany, Ritual Practices

Areas
:
Eastern North America

Director, Archaeology Field School, Schoharie, New York

Editor, Northeast Anthropology

Research Statement

My research involves the archaeology of Eastern North America.  Within this region, I am interested in the interplay between ritual practices and cultural variability, especially within the area of mortuary practices and smoking rituals.  I have research interests in the field of archaeometry, with a specialty in residue analysis using chromotographic approaches.  These research interests coincide with my ongoing research into the origins of tobacco smoking in the Eastern Woodlands of North America. 

Research Grants:

2008: Residue Analysis of Alkaloids. National Science Foundation, Principle Investigator; S. Swiny and I. Lednev, co-Principal Investigators ($122,410, granted for June 1, 2008-June 1, 2011).

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