Scott Palumbo

Scott Palumbo

Instructor | Environmental Studies |

Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, 2009; M.A. Anthropology, University of Florida, 2004; B.A. Anthropology, University of Connecticut, 2001

Office: Remote

Instructs: GIS 4990/5990 - GIS Applications for Archaeology, GIS 499x/599x - Special Topics in GIS for Archaeology

Specialty: I am an archaeologist specializing in the comparative study of small complex societies, particularly those found in southern Central America and northern South America. My research deals with understanding how political organization developed, persisted and waned over time. Besides GIS applications, I specialize in quantitative techniques, household archaeology and regional survey.

About me: I have worked as an archaeologist in both contract (CRM) and academic capacities. I currently conduct research in Panama, Costa Rica and Illinois, but I have also worked in Peru, New England and Florida. Prior to my current position, I taught at Oglala Lakota College and the University of Pittsburgh.

Archaeology has allowed me to pursue what would ordinarily be my outside-of-work interests, which are travel, hiking and camping. I love visiting amazing places, collaborating with interesting people and pursuing fascinating research questions. Archaeology is a team effort, and I encourage interested students to contact me for more details regarding fieldwork opportunities. Having grown up in Connecticut, I now reside in northern Illinois with my wife, son and two cats.

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