Dr. Christina Rieth
Christina Rieth, Ph.D. - State Archaeologist and Director, Cultural Resource Survey Program
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.
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)
Late Prehistoric Interaction and Exchange:
Reconstructing the interaction patterns of Early Late Prehistoric groups across eastern and central New York by examining the stylistic and trace element composition of ceramic vessels.
Schoharie Valley Settlement and Subsistence:
Aarchaeological excavations at three sites containing components dating from approximately 6,000 B.C. to the early 19th century.
Northeast Ceramic Technology:
Technological changes in the manufacture of ceramic vessels and address issues related to the choices that groups make in manufacturing such objects.