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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

2013
2012
Rieth, C.B., 2012. Settlement and Subsistence at a Middle Woodland Camp in Eastern New York. North American Archaeologist 33, 81-105. doi:10.2190/NA.33.1.e
2011
Rieth, C.B., Hart, J.P. (Eds.), 2011. Current Research in New York State Archaeology: A.D. 700-1300, New York State Museum Record. The University of the State of New York, Albany, New York.
Rieth, C.B., Johnson, L.L., 2011. Trace Element Analysis of Lithic Artifacts from the Trapps Gap Site, in: Rieth, C.B., Hart, J.P. (Eds.), Current Research In New York State Archaeology: A.d. 700-1300. The University of the State of New York, Albany, New York, pp. 41-52.
Rieth, C.B., Hart, J.P., 2011. Introduction to Current Research in New York Archaeology A.D. 700-1300, in: Rieth, C.B., Hart, J.P. (Eds.), Current Research In New York State Archaeology: A.d. 700-1300. The University of the State of New York, Albany, New York, pp. 1-6.