Profile for David Anderson

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Specialty area(s)

Egyptian archaeology, Late Prehistoric period Native America, origins of complex society, technology in archaeology, 3D documentation of archaeological remains.

Brief biography

Dr. Anderson is an Associate Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology.  His primary research focus is the Predynastic and Early Dynastic periods and the formation of the Egyptian state.  He is an archaeologist with over 30 years of experience conducting archaeological research in the eastern United States and Middle East on both prehistoric and historic sites.  He is the Director of the El-Mahâsna Archaeological Project which is investigating the formation of the ancient Egyptian centralized state and the origins of Egyptian religion and divine kingship.    He specializes in the integration of computers and archaeology, utilizing 3D capture, CADD, GIS, Geophysical sensing and database management to facilitate collection and analysis of field results.

Current courses at UWL

ARC 100: Archaeology: Discovering Our Past
ARC 101: Orientation to the Archaeological Studies Major
ARC 196: Archaeology: An Introduction to Lab and Field Methods
ARC 200: World Archaeology: Origins and Development of Human Culture and Society
ARC/HIS 295: Pyramids, Temples and Towns! The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
ARC 300: Cultural Resources Management
ARC/HIS 302: Egyptian Hieroglyphs: The Language and Culture of Ancient Egypt
ARC 395: Graduate Preparation Seminar
ARC 402: Field Methods in Archaeology
ARC 445: Research Methods in Archaeology

Education

Ph.D.  Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, 2006
             Dissertation Title: Power and Competition in the Upper Egyptian Predynastic:  A View from the Predynastic Settlement at el-Mahâsna, Egypt. 

M.A.  Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, 1995.
             Thesis TitleSusquehannock Longhouses and Culture Change During the Contact Period in Pennsylvania

A.B. Anthropology, concentration in archaeology, University of Chicago, 1990; also completed the requirements for A.B. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Egyptology),                           University of Chicago, 1990

Teaching history

Associate Professor of Archaeology, Department of Sociology and Archaeology, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  July 2012 – present.

Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Department of Sociology and Archaeology, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  August 2008 – June 2012.

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  October 2006 – August 2008.

Part-time Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.  2000-2006.

Teaching Fellow,  Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.  Fall 1993 ‑ Spring 1994; and Fall 1994 ‑ Spring 1995.

Teaching Assistant,  Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 1992 ‑ Spring 1993.

Lecturer, Docent Training Program, Education Department, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA.

Outreach Lecturer,  Department of Education, The University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania.  September 1991 ‑ August 1992.

Professional history

Associate Professor of Archaeology, Department of Sociology and Archaeology, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  August 2012 – present.

Professional Member, Board of Governors, American Research Center in Egypt, April 2015-present.

Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Department of Sociology and Archaeology, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  August 2008 – 2011.

Project Director, El-Mahâsna Archaeological Project of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. 1996-present (formally of the University of Pennsylvania Museum - Yale University - Institute of Fine Arts, New York University Expedition to Abydos, Egypt.  1996 – 2009).

Archaeology Manager/Senior Prehistorian, Cultural Resources Group, GAI Consultants, Inc.  Homestead, PA.  Full Time: November 2007 – August 2008, part-time August 2008 – June 2010.

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  October 2006 – August 2008.

Senior Archaeologist/Principal Investigator and Operations Manager, Cultural and Natural Resources Section, Michael Baker Jr., Inc.  Moon Township, PA.  January 2006 – October 2007

Senior Archaeologist/Principal Investigator and Operations Manager, Cultural Resources Section, Michael Baker, Jr. Engineering, Inc.  Moon Township, PA.  September 1999 – December 2005

Part-time Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.  Fall and Spring semesters, 2000-2006 (with the exception of Spring 2004).

Archaeological Principal Investigator (Cultural Resource Specialist II), Cultural Resources Section, Michael Baker Jr., Inc.  Coraopolis, PA.  September 1997 - 1999

Assistant Registrar, Loans,  The University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania.  September 1990 ‑ August 1992.

Assistant to the Registrar and the Conservator,  The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago.  October 1989 ‑ June 1990.

Assistant to the Registrar,  The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago.  October 1987 ‑ May 1989.

Research and publishing

Selected Publications and Research Reports

2011                “Evidence for Early Ritual in the Predyanstic Settlement at el-Mahâsna.” In  Egypt at its Origins 3: Proceedings of the Third International Colloquium ‘Origin of the State, Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt in  London, 27th–July 1st August 2008, edited by Friedman, R. F., Fiske, P. N. (Ed.), (pp. 28 pages). Leuven: Peeters Publishers and Booksellers. 

2007                “Zoomorphic Figurines from the Predynastic Settlement at el-Mahâsna, Egypt.”  In The Archaeology and Art of Ancient Egypt:  Essays in honor of David B. O'Connor.  Edited by Zahi Hawass and Janet Richards. Supreme Council of Antiquities Press, Cairo.  (Distributed by American University in Cairo Press.) 

 2006                Power and Competition in the Upper Egyptian Predynastic:  A View from the Predynastic Settlement at el-Mahâsna, Egypt.  University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 2002                "Elites Among the Monongahela?  Evidence for Emergent Social Complexity in Southwestern Pennsylvania during the Protohistoric Period".  Archaeology of Eastern North America.  Volume 30, 2002.

 2002                "The Disappearance of the Monongahela: Solved?" with James B. Richardson, III, and Edward R. Cook.  Archaeology of Eastern North America.  Volume 30, 2002.

 1999                “The Predynastic Period in the Abydos Region.”  In Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. Compiled and edited by  Kathryn A. Bard.  Routledge  Press.

 1994                Archaeology:  Tools and Technology.  Teacher's Guide.  Thematic Loan Kit, Educational Loan Collection.  Carnegie Museum of  Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 1994                Archaeology of Western Pennsylvania and the Monongahela Indians.  Reference Manual.  Thematic Loan Kit, Educational Loan Collection.  Carnegie Museum of Natural History,  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 1994                The Monongahela : Prehistoric Pennsylvanians  Students' Book.  Thematic Loan Kit, Educational Loan Collection.  Carnegie Museum of  Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 1994                Archaeology:  Tools and Technology.  Students' Book.  Thematic Loan Kit, Educational Loan Collection.  Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

1992                "A Pewter Effigy Pipe from Pennsylvania in the Collections of The University Museum of Archaeology and  Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania."   Pennsylvania Archaeologist,  62(1): 73‑78.

 1988                "A Report on Previously Unanalysed Material from Cueva Morín. " Gleach, Freeman, Anderson, et. al.  Chicago Anthropology Exchange, 17 (Autumn),  1988.   pages 61‑68.

Kudos

published

David Anderson, Archaeology & Anthropology; Gary Gilmore, Health Education & Health Promotion; and Ryan McKelley, Psychology; co-authored the article "Comprehensive Assessment of the Psychosocial Occupational Health Status of Archaeologists in the United States" in the Journal of Health, Safety and Environment published on April 1, 2019 by Wolters Kluwer Publishing. This is the first national study of the occupational health status of archaeologists working in the majority realm of Cultural Resource Management using a nationally-validated survey. Preliminary findings were presented via a national webinar to the members of the American Cultural Resources Association, at the 125th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., and at the 145th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in Atlanta.

Submitted on: May 2, 2019

presented

David Anderson, Archaeology & Anthropology, presented "Evidence for Ritual Activity in the Predynastic Settlement at el-Mahâsna" at Chicago Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt, Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago on Nov. 15, 2018 in Chicago, IL.

Submitted on: Nov. 15, 2018

named

David Anderson, Archaeology & Anthropology, was named Vice President of American Research Center in Egypt. The Board of Governors of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) elected David A. Anderson to serve a three-term as the Vice President of ARCE. Anderson has been serving as a member of the Board since 2015. Founded in 1948, the American Research Center in Egypt is a private, nonprofit membership organization comprised of educational and cultural institutions, professional scholars and private individuals. ARCE's mission is to support research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture, foster a broader knowledge of Egypt among the general public, and strengthen American-Egyptian cultural ties.

Submitted on: May 17, 2018

presented

David Anderson, Archaeology & Anthropology, presented "3D Photogrammetry Training in Egypt" at American Research Center in Egypt Conservation and Archaeology Training on Jan. 31, 2018 in Luxor, Egypt. Anderson was invited by the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) to present a week-long training, Jan. 2-8, in the 3D scanning technique of 3D photogrammetry and its applications to cultural heritage preservation. The training took place in the Luxor, Egypt offices of ARCE and at various ancient heritage sites in the Luxor area, including areas of Karnak Temple. Trainees included staff from ARCE Luxor as well as individuals currently participating in ARCE's program which provides advanced training for Egyptian archaeologists and conservators.

Submitted on: Jan. 31, 2018

presented

David Anderson, CL-877, presented "Gazelles, Catfish and Cows: Ritual Activity in the Predynastic Settlement at el-Mahâsna." at Bowers Museum on Nov. 7, 2016 in Santa Ana, California. Anderson presented three invited research lectures on Oct 8-9, at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA, The Egyptian Exploration Organization in Los Angeles, CA and the Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt, Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Submitted on: Nov. 7, 2016