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Dr. Christina Rieth

State Archaeologist and Co-Director, Cultural Resource Survey Program

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.


Rieth, C.B., 2008. Introduction, in: Rieth, C.B. (Ed.), Current Approaches To The Analysis And Interpretation Of Small Lithic Sites In The Northeast. The University of the State of New York, Albany, New York, pp. 1-7.
Rieth, C.B., 2008. Early Woodland Settlement and Land Use in Eastern New York. Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology 24, 153-166.
Rieth, C.B., 2008. The Catskill I and II Sites: Two Early Late Prehistoric Upland Camps in Eastern New York. The Bulletin: Journal of the New York Archaeological Association 123, 27-35.
Rieth, C.B., Mackey, D.P., 2008. Archaeological Practice and Review in New York. New York State Archaeological Association Newsletter 3, 4-5.
Rieth, C.B., 2008. Beyond the Village: Assessing Upland Contexts during the Late Woodland Period. Newsletter of the New York Archaeological Council 8-9.