Sean M. Rafferty
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).