Faculty & Staff

Geoffrey R. Hughes

Lecturer
Archaeology
M.A., University of South Carolina at Columbia, 2005
Email: grhughes@uncg.edu 

Research Interests

  • African American and African Diaspora Archaeology
  • Religious and Utopian Communities
  • Technology, Identity, and Social Inequality
  • Landscape, Textuality, and Material Culture
  • Public Archaeology and Contemporary Interpretations of the Past

Courses Taught

  • ATY 253L: Biological Anthropology Lab

Personal Statement

As a historical archaeologist, I study the development of our modern, global world through the objects, texts, and landscapes created and used by people during and after European expansion. I am particularly interested in how people in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, from diverse backgrounds and with complex identities, dealt with systems of inequality resulting from colonialism and ideas of “modernity”—the legacies of which continue to impact societies today. By exploring archaeological sites from the more recent past we gain a better understanding of our contemporary world, how it came to be, and why we continue to struggle with the many “-isms” of inequality: racism, classism, sexism, etc.

Current Projects

Currently, I am completing my dissertation research which examines how Moravian potters made/remade their identities through the introduction of new ceramic technologies in the theocratic town of Salem, North Carolina, from 1784 until 1831.

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