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  • Lu Ann De Cunzo, Professor

    Professor
    University of Delaware
    136 Munroe Hall
    Newark, DE 19716
    302-831-1854

    Biography

    BACKGROUND: B. A., Anthropology, College of William and Mary; M.A. and Ph.D., American Civilization, Program in Historical Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania. Executive Director of Historical Fallsington, Inc., museum and historic preservation organization in Bucks County, PA, and Director of Archaeological Services for Clio Group, a Philadelphia-based historical architecture and culture resource management firm prior to joining the faculty at the University of Delaware in 1989.

    INTERESTS: I am an historical anthropologist specializing in the 17th – 19th century cultural histories of the Middle Atlantic region and 20th - 21st century heritage preservation and interpretation of these histories. I have directed public archaeological projects in Delaware in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society, New Castle Historical Society, New Castle Presbyterian Church, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Mt. Cuba Center, Delaware Nature Society, and the Old Swedes Foundation. At UD, I am engaged in the collaborative, interdisciplinary work of the Center for Material Culture Studies, the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture Studies, and the Preservation Studies graduate programs. My principal publications are Unlocking the Past: The Historical Archaeology of North America (co-editor, author, 2005); A Historical Archaeology of Delaware: People, Contexts, and the Cultures of Agriculture (author, 2004); Historical Archaeology and the Study of American Culture (co-editor, author, 1996), and Reform, Respite, Ritual: An Archaeology of Institutions. The Magdalen Society of Philadelphia, 1800-1850 (author, 1995). Currently, I am exploring 17th-century colonialism in the borderlands of the lower Delaware Valley and the African American experience in northern Delaware. Book projects include New Stories from Old Things (co-editor, author) at Delaware Historical Society's Read House and Gardens in New Castle, Encountering 'Others' and the Material World of the Early Colonial Lower Delaware Valley (editor, author), and Cambridge Handbook of Material Culture Studies (co-editor, author). As president of the Society for Historical Archaeology, I worked to globalize the practice of historical archaeology in the U.S.

 

 

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  • Department of Anthropology
  • 135 Munroe Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-1851
  • anthropology@udel.edu
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