Sean Rafferty

Sean M. Rafferty

Primary Field
Individual Type
Associate Professor
Faculty in charge of local dig. Click link in BIO to see students "Placing Themselves within Civilizations." Professor Rafferty is also the Editor of "Northeast Anthropology."
Associate Professor of Archaeology, SUNY - Albany
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas 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
Geographic Area(s) of Expertise Eastern North America

Dr. Sean Rafferty's research involves the archaeology of Eastern North America. Within this region, he is interested in the interplay between ritual practices and cultural variability, especially within the area of mortuary practices and smoking rituals. He has research interests in the field of archaeometry, with a specialty in residue analysis using chromotographic approaches. These research interests coincide with his ongoing research into the origins of tobacco smoking in the Eastern Woodlands of North America. To read more about Dr. Rafferty's research and field schools: "Placing Themselves within Civilizations".

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Western Hemisphere
Curriculum Vitae
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