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Sean Rafferty

Sean M. Rafferty

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Associate Professor of Archaeology, SUNY, University at Albany, Department of Anthropology
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

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.

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Western Hemisphere
Curriculum Vitae
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