Dr Craig N. Cipolla

Lecturer in Historical Archaeology

CC in the fieldBA (UMass Boston), MA (UMass Boston), Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)

Tel. No. +44 (0)116 2522640
Email: cc363@le.ac.uk


Craig is an anthropologically trained historical archaeologist. He earned a BA in anthropology and an MA in historical archaeology at the University of Massachusetts Boston before completing his PhD in the Anthropology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at the University of Leicester, Craig served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the University of Connecticut, and as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Lafayette College. Craig is a Marie Curie Research Fellow and he directs the School of Archaeology & Ancient History’s Centre for Historical Archaeology and MA programme in Historical Archaeology.


Research Interests

Craig’s research interests include archaeological method & theory, Native North America, colonialism, and historical archaeology & anthropology. For his BA and MA research he analyzed faunal remains from colonial sites in New York and Connecticut. His doctoral research focused on the Brothertown Indians, a multi-tribal Christian community of Algonquian Indians from several different parts of northeastern North America. The Brothertown moved to central New York State in the late eighteenth century and relocated once again to current-day Wisconsin during the nineteenth century. He analyzed changes in mortuary material culture, settlement patterns, and writing in order to reconstruct the processes by which factions of several tribal groups converged to create a new community that blended together Algonquian, Iroquoian, and English practices and materials. You can read more about this project in Craig’s new book from the University of Arizona Press, Becoming Brothertown: Native American Ethnogenesis and Endurance in the Modern World. He currently directs the Mohegan Archaeological Field School, which he runs through the School of Archaeology & Ancient History.

PhD Topics Suitable for Supervision

-historical archaeology (post 1500)

-colonial North America

-comparative colonialism

-cemetery studies

-social archaeology

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Select Publications

2013 - Becoming Brothertown: Native American Ethnogenesis and Endurance in the Modern World. University of Arizona Press.

2013 - Native American Historical Archaeology and the Trope of Authenticity. Historical Archaeology 47(3):12-22.

2013 - Resituating Homeland: Motion, Movement, and Ethnogenesis at Brothertown, in Mary C. Beaudry and Travis G. Parno (eds.), Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement, Springer Press, pp. 117-132.

2012 - Textual Artifacts, Artifactual Texts: An Historical Archaeology of Brothertown Writing. Historical Archaeology 46(2):91-109.

2012 - Peopling the Place, Placing the People: An Archaeology of Brothertown Discourse. Ethnohistory 59(1): 51-78.

2011 - Commemoration, Community, and Colonial Politics at Brothertown. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 36(2):145-172.

2008 - Signs of Identity, Signs of Memory. Archaeological Dialogues 15(2):196-215.

2008 - (co-authored with Robert W. Preucel) Indigenous and Postcolonial Archaeologies, in Matthew Liebmann and Uzma Z. Rizvi, (eds), Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique, Altamira Press, pp. 129-140.

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