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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., 2005. Upland Settlement and Subsistence in New York, in: Nash, C., Barber, M.B. (Eds.), Uplands Archaeology In The East: Symposia Viii And Ix. Archaeological Society of Virginia, Special Publication 38-7, Richmond, Virginia, pp. 3-12.
Rieth, C.B., 2005. Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, in: Eisenstadt, P., Moss, L.E.-. (Eds.), The Encyclopedia Of New York State. Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, NY, p. 832.
Rieth, C.B., 2005. Crusoe Creek Excavations. The Monitor 2005.
Rieth, C.B., 2005. Archaeological Research and National Register Significance. New York Archaeological Council Newsletter 2005.
Rieth, C.B., 2004. Cordage, Fabrics, and Their Use in the Manufacture of Early Late Prehistoric Vessels in New York, in: Drooker, P.B. (Ed.), Perishable Material Culture In The Northeast. The University of the State of New York, Albany, New York, pp. 129-142.
Rieth, C.B., 2004. The L-shaped Barracks, in: Fisher, C.L. (Ed.), 'the Most Advantageous Situation In The Highlands': An Archaeological Study Of Fort Montgomery State Historic Site. The University of the State of New York, Albany, New York, pp. 37-58.
Rieth, C.B., 2004. Research Permits from State-owned Land. Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology Newsletter March, 5-6.