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Dr. Kathryn SikesDr. Kathryn Sikes

Assistant Professor of Historical Archaeology

Phone: (615) 494-8748
Office Location and Mailing Address: Peck Hall, 267
MTSU Box 23
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

FIELDS: Historical archaeology, public archaeology, comparative colonialism, interethnic relations, landscape and social space, material culture

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: Dr. Sikes has a background in cultural resource management, historical archaeology, and maritime archaeology. Her research uses primary documents alongside alternative sources of evidence (including artifact assemblages, historic landscapes and buildings, watercraft, pictorial maps, and oral histories) in order to reveal the experiences of people who are underrepresented in the documentary record. Archaeological landscapes and material culture are her points of entry into historical relationships among people united or divided by ethnicity, race, language, religion, and/or class. Her past surveys and excavations have examined 17th-century multicultural settlements and sites of 18th-century urban enslavement in colonial Virginia, as well as 19th-century Irish responses to British administration of coastal waters in Ireland.


  • HIST 2010 Survey of United States History I
  • ANTH/HIST 4860 Historical Archaeology


  • HIST 6104/7104 Topics in American History: Historical Archaeology
  • HIST 7991/7992 Professional Residency Colloquium


(with Chuck Meide) 2011. The Achill Yawl: Vernacular Boats in Historical Context on Achill Island, Ireland. International Journal for Nautical Archaeology 40(2):235-255.

2008. Stars as Social Space? Contextualizing 17th-Century Chesapeake Star-Motif Pipes. Post-Medieval Archaeology 42(1):75-103.


2011 College of William & Mary Dissertation Fellowship

2008-2009 College of William & Mary Douglas N. Morton Fellowship

2007-2008 Lewis and Clark Field Scholar, American Philosophical Society


(with Chuck Meide) Manipulating the Maritime Cultural Landscape: Vernacular Boats and Economic Relations in 19th-century Achill Island, Ireland. Journal of Maritime Archaeology.


Ph.D., Anthropology (Program in Historical Archaeology), College of William & Mary, 2013
M.A., Anthropology (Program in Underwater Archaeology), Florida State University, 2003
B.A., Anthropology, Syracuse University, 1996

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