Sean M. Rafferty
Office: Arts & Sciences Building, Room 120
Ph: (518) 442-4713
Ph.D., Binghamton University, 2001
Interests: 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
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.
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).
Select Publications Since 2000
Articles and Book Chapters
2009: Sean M. Rafferty. Evidence of Ritual Practices at the Pethick Site, Schoharie County, New York. Bulletin of the New York State Archaeological Association no. 124:47-55.
2008: Sean M. Rafferty. Smoking Pipes and Early Woodland Mortuary Ritual. In Transitions: Archaic and Early Woodland Research in the Ohio Country. Edited by Martha P. Otto and Brian G. Redmond, pp. 271-283. Ohio University Press.
2007: Sean M. Rafferty, Candis Wood, and Christina Rieth. A Trace Element Analysis of New York State Cherts. North American Archaeologist 28(2):167-186.
2007: Christina Rieth, Sean Rafferty, and Derek Zaputo. A Trace Element Analysis of Ceramics from the Pethick Site, Schoharie County, New York. North American Archaeologist 28(1):59-80.
2007: Sean M. Rafferty. The Archaeology of Alkaloids. In Theory and Practice of Archaeological Residue Analysis, edited by Hans Barnard and J. W. Eerkens. British Archaeological Reports International Series 1650:179-188.
2006: Sean M. Rafferty. Evidence of Early Tobacco in Northeastern North America? Journal of Archaeological Science 33(4):453-458. Featured in Science 11(5764), April 2006)
2005: Sean M. Rafferty. Tobacco and Hallucinogens. In Tobacco: Scribner's Turning Points in History, edited by Jordan Goodman, Marcia Norton and Mark Parascandola, pp. 66-71. Charles Scribner's Sons.
2005: Sean M. Rafferty. Tobacco and Archaeology. In Tobacco: Scribner's Turning Points in History, edited by Jordan Goodman, Marcia Norton and Mark Parascandola, pp. 259-260. Charles Scribner's Sons.
2005: Sean M. Rafferty. The Many Messages of Death: Mortuary Practices in the Ohio Valley and Northeast. In Woodland Taxonomy and Systematics in the Middle Ohio Valley, edited by Darlene Applegate and Robert Mainfort, pp. 150-167. University of Alabama Press.
2004: Sean M. Rafferty and Rob Mann. Smoking and Culture. In Smoking and Culture: Recent Developments in the Archaeology of Tobacco Pipes in Eastern North America, edited by Sean M. Rafferty and Rob Mann, pp. xi-xx. University of Tennessee Press.
2004: Sean M. Rafferty. They Pass Their Lives in Smoke, and at Death, Fall into the Fire: Smoking Pipes and Mortuary Ritual during the Early Woodland Period. In Smoking and Culture: Recent Developments in the Archaeology of Tobacco Pipes in Eastern North America, edited by Sean M. Rafferty and Rob Mann, pp. 1-42. University of Tennessee Press.
2002: Sean M. Rafferty. Identification of Nicotine by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy Analysis of Smoking Pipe Residue. Journal of Archaeological Science 29:897-907.
Rafferty, Sean M. and Rob Mann. Smoking and Culture: The Archaeology of Tobacco Pipes in Eastern North America. University of Tennessee Press.