John M. Garbellano

Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY [In Progress]
M.A. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY 2018
B.A. Elizabethtown College 2016


Research Interests:
Coastal Hunter-Gatherers, Northern Cultures and Ecology, Prehistoric Technology, Peopling of the Americas, Native American Relations, and Community Engagement/Public Outreach

Area of Study / Field site:
Northeastern North America, Newfoundland and Labrador, New England

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Christopher Wolff; Archaeology


I am a Dissertation Fellow at the New York State Museum, where Dr. Jon Lothrop is my mentor. Before this position I did archaeological collections inventory work for a year. My dissertation research is focused on several site-specific questions surrounding the Dogan Point site that remain unanswered or incompletely resolved (e.g. foodways, site boundaries and spatial structure of the site, seasonality, technology and material culture). Dogan Point was originally investigated by Louis A. Brennan and later by Dr. Cheryl Claassen. Determining the role of Dogan Point and other lower Hudson shell midden sites in regional settlement adaptations through time will be an important aspect of my research. I am interested in the interactions between prehistoric peoples and this ecosystem as well as the effects of climate change on this ecosystem.

I will be using extant collections as proxy data from this site that are housed at the New York State Museum as well as what I recover from my own fieldwork. My M.A. thesis research was focused on the morphology, chronology and provenience of nipple-based spearpoints found in Newfoundland and Labrador and their relationship to larger scale cultural processes during the Archaic period of that Province. During my B.A. I interned at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, where I worked with Janet Johnson and Kurt Carr. I gained field experience working at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, which is situated along the Susquehanna River. During this internship I did a research project on one of the sites outbuildings which we interpreted as a Milkhouse and/or Springhouse. I also gained experience working with several prehistoric and historic collections, and was involved in several public outreach programs.