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John Andrew Campbell


  • B.S. in Anthropology, Bridgewater State University, 2011. Concentrations in Public Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology.
  • M.A. in Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, in progress.

Research Interests

Precontact Archaeology, Hunter-Gatherer Societies, Northeastern North America, Migration, Cultural Ecology, Material Culture, Lithic Analysis, Paleoethnobotany, and Community Archaeology.

Current Research

I am currently investigating the migration of Transitional Archaic cultures (~4,000-3,000 BP) in Northern New England and the Maritime Provinces. This particular cultural phase is often associated with the Susquehanna Tradition which is identified through a particular lithic assemblage, steatite to ceramic usage, and cremation burials. Focusing on Transitional Archaic lithic analysis from previously excavated collections throughout New England and the Canadian Maritimes can provide insight on a south-north migration with an emphasis on a north-south exchange of exotic lithic materials. Field excavations conducted at the Boswell Site in southwestern Nova Scotia during the 2014 field season will hopefully yield new information about daily routines during the Transitional Archaic period. The primary goal of this research is to characterize the Transitional Archaic presence in the Maritime Provinces while recognizing a potentially new northern cultural boundary in the Northeast.