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Adam Burke

Areas of Speciality
  • Ph.D. Archaeology
Mike Waters
First Year In the Program


Adam completed his BA in History at Wilkes University in 2010 and his MA in Applied Archaeology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2014. He is a PhD candidate with the Center for the Study of the First Americans whose research focuses on geochemical sourcing of Florida toolstone and its implications for explaining Paleoindian mobility and subsistence strategies. His research interests include Paleoindian lithic technology, economic approaches to archaeology, and site formation processes in karst environments. His recent work has focused on using Inductively Coupled Plasma- Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) to determine chert provenance and define the effects of chemical weathering on stone, ivory, and bone remains recovered from submerged and terrestrial contexts in northern Florida and southern Georgia. Adam’s past experience includes submerged prehistoric excavations in Florida, raw-material surveys in Florida, Georgia, Alaska, Nevada, and Utah, terrestrial and underwater surveys across the Great Basin, and Cultural Resource Management surveys throughout the Northeastern United States.