Member Profiles

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Michael Anslinger

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Ryan Becka

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Dr. Penelope B. Drooker

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Dr. Emma Durham

Emma Durham has a demonstrated history of working in both higher education and the professional world of archaeological and anthropological inquiry. Her work has focused on archival research, academic writing, report writing, curating, and museums.

Emma received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Bryn Mar College followed by her Master of Philosophy in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Oxford. She also attended the University of Reading to earn her PhD in Archaeology. Emma has conducted extensive fieldwork around the world including work in England, France, Spain, and the Channel Islands. She spent over 25 years in England working as an archaeologist with major academic contributions in the form of scholarly articles and book chapters related to Roman Britain.READ MORE

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Richard Farley

Richard Farley is an enthusiastic new face for the CWVA! He attended Morgantown High School in Monongalia County, West Virginia. Richard recently accepted a position at Allstar Ecology in Fairmont, West Virginia where he works as a cultural resource manager.

Richard earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology from West Virginia University in 2017. He studied under one CWVA’s current members, Dr. Amy Hirshman. He went on to achieve his Master’s of Applied Archaeology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, which offers coursework in technical skills associated with fieldwork and site survey along with coursework on preservation law, ethics, and archaeological methods.READ MORE

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Dr. Nicholas Freidin

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David Fuerst

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Dr. Ryan Harrod

Ryan Harrod is currently the Dean of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer (CAO) at Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland.

Ryan earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Idaho, where he specialized in bioarchaeology. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), focusing on the bioarchaeology of social control in pre-contact Puebloan society.READ MORE

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Dr. Amy Hirshman

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Dr. William Johnson

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Dr. Olivia A. Jones

Dr. Olivia A. Jones is the CWVA’s President. She is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) and an adjunct instructor at WVU, where she received two bachelor's degrees in anthropology and history in 2005.

Dr. Jones completed her master's degree in Aegean archaeology through University College London, and her doctorate from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Her research focuses on applying bioarchaeological methods to Mycenaean (Late Bronze Age Greece) burial practices, with plans to examine pathology in infant human remains in the future.

She recently started the West Virginia University Archaeology Lab, which utilizes material culture from the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex to train students in laboratory work and analysis.READ MORE

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Andrea Keller

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Megan Leight

Megan Leight received her MA in Art History and Critical Museum Studies from the State University at Buffalo, specializing in ancient Greek art, and her MPhil in Anthropology from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. She earned a BA in Art History from West Virginia University focusing on Roman art and architecture. Her doctoral dissertation explores Mesoamerican ritual, Maya belief, and ancient trade at the Pre-Columbian site of Salinas de los Nueve Cerros in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

She teaches special topics courses at West Virginia University in the visual arts of the Pre-Columbian Americas, Greek and Roman art and architecture, and early European art history. She also offers global survey courses incorporating artistic practices of Oceania, North America, Asia and Africa, increasing student exposure to diverse cultures and contemporary issues.

Her experiences in the arts and humanities led to her work as a field archaeologist with a mission dedicated to heritage preservation and community development. Her academic background in the social sciences informs her pedagogy, teaching the history of art from a variety of cultural perspectives and incorporating experiences with art, preservation, and collections management into the classroom. She has extensive experience in hybrid course development implementing interactive learning strategies and engaging communication methods. She is also a faculty mentor in the Research Apprenticeship Program at WVU facilitating students’ work on both national and international projects.READ MORE

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W. Hunter Lesser

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Hank D. Lutton

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Dr. Robert F. Maslowski

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Dr. Kim McBride

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Dr. Stephen McBride

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Jamie Meece

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Charity Moore Norton

Charity Moore Norton is currently the CWVA's Vice-President. She is currently the Social Media Manager for the CWVA managing all manner of public inquiry for the Facebook page. She is employed by AllStar Ecology, LLC as a Principal Investigator and has worked on a variety of archaeological and cultural resource management projects in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

Charity received her bachelor's degree in Anthropology/Archaeology from Mercyhurst College, where she completed a comprehensive cemetery survey and threat assessment report as part of the Erie County Historic Cemetery Survey. During the completion of her master's degree in European Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, she focused on Neolithic ceremonial sites and their interaction with the palaeoenvironment.

Her research interests in West Virginia focus on Native American rock features and ceremonial stone landscapes, and she has published and presented on this topic at regional and national conferences. Outside of archaeology, she enjoys cosplay, community service, and is an instructor for the Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, as well as its social media manager.READ MORE

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Charles M. Niquette

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Matthew A. O'Brien

Our current secretary-treasurer, Matt is originally from the Allegheny Mountains, in what it known these days as west-central Pennsylvania. He has lived throughout the United States, coast-to-coast and border-to-border; however, his archaeological practice has focused on the Eastern Woodlands. He spent two years at the type site for the Weeden Island (or Manasota) culture, performing archaeological investigations, developing public education programming, and (sadly) documenting and restoring looted areas. His master's research focused on the archaeology of postbellum African American history. Matt identifies as a diachronic anthropologist and public archaeologist; his anthropological interests include providing a voice for people who have been systematically eliminated from or misrepresented in the historical record, and highlighting the importance of the small (< ~5 ha), freeholding, agronomist-technologist, practicing local production, to the future of humanity.READ MORE

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Stevan Pullins

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R.I.P. Darla I. Spencer

Sadly, Darla Spencer passed away on 24 April 2022. Those, on the Council, who worked with and/or studied with Darla remember her not only for her expertise in West Virginia archaeology, but also for her kindness and generosity in supporting the work of her colleagues and students. The CWVA wishes her family well; and, we, collectively, send our condolences. Darla will be missed; her passing was truly a loss for West Virginia archaeology.OBITUARY, Charleston Gazette-Mail

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Dr. Robert Wall

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Matthew Weiss

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