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John Andrew Campbell


  • BS, Anthropology, Bridgewater State University, US, 2011

Research Interests

Pre-Contact and Contact Archaeology; Collaborative Archaeology; Community Archaeology; Conflict and Battlefield Archaeology; Cultural Resource Management; Northeastern North America, Hunter-Gatherers; Landscape; Material Culture; Lithic Analysis; Paleoethnobotany; Memory; Continuity; Indigenous-Lived Colonialism; Interaction Spheres; Archaeolinguistics; Ethnohistory; Paleoecology; Landscape Ethnoecology.

Current Research

My M.A. research investigates Mu Awsami Saqiwe’k L’nuk, or People of the Transitional Archaic period (4,100-2,800 BP) in Maine and the Maritime Provinces. This temporal period is often associated with a broadpoint focused lithic assemblage, steatite vessel procurement and ceramics tempered with crushed steatite, early copper utilization, and cremation burials. One aspect of this research is to study the material culture recovered from previously excavated archaeological sites in Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia to search for regional landscape patterns. Field excavations in 2014 and 2015 at the Boswell Site (BfDf-08) along the Annapolis River in Southwestern Nova Scotia yielded an intriguing array of artifacts and data associated with a date of 3,630+/-30 BP. Paleoethnobotanical analysis of soil samples and portable x-ray fluorescence analysis on lithic artifacts are employed for an improved comprehension of ethnoecological perspectives during this time period. The primary objective of this research is to characterize materiality, practice, agency, identity, and traditional knowledge of People during the Transitional Archaic period while geographically recognizing a potentially new northern cultural boundary in the Northeast.