My Story

Ever the extrovert, I have always loved interacting with different people, cultures, and traditions. Growing up, I played on every sports team imaginable, and I greatly appreciate teamwork, striving for a common goal, and being outside. Archaeology is the perfect combination of working with others in an outdoor setting to recover knowledge about past cultures. As an undergraduate student, I excavated in the dry Atacama Desert of Chile, admiring the petroglyphs and the formerly thriving Inka cities. I have been fortunate to have since worked in Ecuador, Peru, Belize, and Israel, and my current research focuses on the archaeology of social movements during Spanish colonialism in South America. It is an honor and a privilege to write the histories of past places, events, and peoples through the objects and structures left behind. I feel immense joy when I explore these themes with my students and colleagues at Warren Wilson College.

Education

  • B.A. in Anthropology and Psychology, University of California Los Angeles
  • M.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology, Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D. in Anthropology and Archaeology, Vanderbilt University

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Responses to European Colonialism
  • Gender Studies
  • GIS and Landscape

Courses Taught

  • ANT 19XX: Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT 2908: Archaeology in Popular Culture
  • ANT 39XX: Archaeology of Food and Feasting

Crews and Other Activities

  • Archaeology Crew Supervisor
  • Society for American Archaeology - Safety Committee
  • Director of Proyecto Arqueologico de Taki Onqoy

Contact Dr. Norman

(828) 771-3735
Boon 120
WWC CPO 6324

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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