Sean Rafferty

Uncovers ancient artifacts of prehistoric Eastern North America and New York State

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Sean Rafferty

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Anthropology

Ancient tobacco; shamanism; Native American smoking pipes; archaeology of eastern North America; archaeology of New York State; cultural resource management

Campus phone: (518) 442-4713
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Trained as a specialist in the archaeology of prehistoric Eastern North America, Sean Rafferty has conducted excavations throughout New York State on a variety of archaeological sites and conducted substantial laboratory research, using techniques from chemistry and physics, to understand the function of ancient artifacts.

Rafferty received his bachelor's in anthropology from Hartwick College (1990), and his master's (1994) and doctorate (2001) in anthropology from Binghamton University. He joined UAlbany as an assistant professor of anthropology in 2002.