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  • Jay Custer, Professor

    University of Delaware
    011 Munroe Hall
    Newark, DE 19716


    Jay F. Custer.  Professor of Anthropology (initial appointment 1979); Director, University of Delaware Center for Archaeological Research (1983-present).  Education: B.A. in Anthropology, cum laude, Franklin and Marshall College, 1976; M.A., Ph.D. in Anthropology, Catholic University of America, 1979.  Teaching and Research Interests: Native American archaeology of Eastern North America (emphasis on Middle Atlantic region and Delmarva Peninsula); technology, arts, and crafts of Native North America; modern Native American cultural issues; images of North American and Mesoamerican Indians in popular culture; modern American Anabaptist cultures (Amish, Mennonite, Brethren).  Research Experience:  Excavation and testing of more than 150 prehistoric and historic archaeological sites and archaeological surveys resulting in the discovery of more than 1500 sites in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and New Jersey; development of archaeological and ethnohistorical research programs in association with the Delaware Indian Tribe of Oklahoma and the Nanticoke Indian Tribe of Delaware.



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