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Dr. Christina Rieth

State Archaeologist and Co-Director, Cultural Resource Survey Program
518-402-5975

B.A. in Anthropology (1990, Hartwick College)
M.A. in Anthropology (1992, University at Albany, SUNY)
Ph.D. in Anthropology (1997, University at Albany, SUNY)

My research focuses on the ways that prehistoric groups interacted with their local environment and the role that such interaction had on the settlement and subsistence strategies of New York’s Late Prehistoric (A.D. 700-1450) occupants. The relationship between humans and their natural and cultural environment is of importance in understanding pre-Contact diversity. The choices that we make concerning the types of resources that are used, the interactions that we form with neighboring groups in acquiring these resources, and how we modify the local landscape all influence the resulting behaviors and material culture. Field and collections based research form the basis for addressing these issues. 

Finally, I am interested in public archaeology and the ways that archaeologists make information about and incorporate the public into its study of the past. Through an active program of field and collections based research, I am interested in making information about the archaeological past accessible to all New Yorkers.

Publications

2002
Rieth, C.B., 2002. Analyzing Style and Technology in the Eastern Woodlands, in: Driver, P.V., Druzik, J., Mass, J. (Eds.), Materials Issues In Art And Archaeology. Material Research Society, Washington, D. C., pp. 213-220.
Rieth, C.B., 2002. Trace Element Analysis and Its Role in Analyzing Ceramics in the Eastern Woodlands, in: Jakes, K.A. (Ed.), Archaeological Chemistry: Materials, Methods, And Meaning. American Chemical Society, Washington, D. C., pp. 199-213. doi:10.1021/bk-2002-0831.ch013
Rieth, C.B., Hart, J.P., 2002. Introduction, in: Hart, J.P., Rieth, C.B. (Eds.), Northeast Subsistence-Settlement Change: A.d. 700-1300. The University of the State of New York, Albany, New York, pp. 1-10.
Hart, J.P., Means, B.K., 2002. Maize and Villages: A Summary and Critical Assessment of Current Northeast Early Late Prehistoric Evidence, in: Hart, J.P., Rieth, C.B. (Eds.), Northeast Subsistence-Settlement Change: A.d. 700-1300. The University of the State of New York, Albany, New York, pp. 342-358.
Rieth, C.B., 2002. Early Late Prehistoric Settlement and Subsistence Diversity in the Southern Tier of New York, in: Hart, J.P., Rieth, C.B. (Eds.), Northeast Subsistence-Settlement Change: A.d. 700-1300. The University of the State of New York, Albany, New York, pp. 209-226.
Rieth, C.B., 2002. Early Late Prehistoric Settlement: A View from Northcentral Pennsylvania, in: Hart, J.P., Rieth, C.B. (Eds.), Northeast Subsistence-Settlement Change: A.d. 700-1300. The University of the State of New York, Albany, New York, pp. 135-152.
Rieth, C.B., 2002. News from Around the State: New York State Museum Activities. New York Archaeological Council Newsletter 19-21.