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Kenneth E. SassamanKenneth E. Sassaman

Ph.D., Anthropology, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1991
M.A., Public-Service Archaeology, Univ. of South Carolina, 1983
B.A., Anthropology, Univ. of Maryland, 1979

Background and Research Interests

After working in South Carolina for 12 years with the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (1987-98), Ken joined the faculty of the Department of Anthropology, University of Florida in 1998 and began long-term research in the middle St. Johns region of northeast Florida. Research in both regions centers on the culture history of ancient hunter-gatherers of the Archaic Period (ca. 11,000-3000 years ago). Both regions offer archaeological evidence for important developments, such as the first pottery in North America and some of the oldest villages and monuments in the Southeast U.S. Emphasis in all aspects of this work has been on the nature and consequences of intergroup relations and community formation.

Current Research Projects

With the launching of the Lower Suwannee Archaeological Survey in 2009, Ken and students of the LSA expanded operations to a coastal setting that has potential to provide information pertinent to environmental and social challenges facing modern people. Work in the middle St. Johns continues, primarily through the St. Johns Archaeological Field School, as well as on a large backlog of collections from excavations in Georgia and South Carolina. Ken is also working on several writing projects to synthesize knowledge of ancient American history for students and the public.

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