Geoffrey Hedges is currently in a PhD program in Environmental Archaeology at The University of Buffalo.
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What got you interested in Anthropology?
I originally came in undeclared to Brockport, but after taking the Introduction to Archaeology course my second semester at Brockport I decided to take more classes and declared my major in Anthropology. The interdisciplinary nature of archaeology and figuring out how past humans lived and interacted with other groups of people and their environment was of great interest to me, as well as the infinite number of methods one can use to reconstruct the past.
How would you describe your learning experience as an anthropology major at Brockport?
The department at Brockport is a very close knit department and even though it is smaller than other departments at Brockport it offers a variety of classes and also hands-on learning experiences. Professors care about the learning outcomes of the students and are always there to support and help students in their classwork and research. The availability of hands-on learning experiences (internships, field schools) is a major strong point of the department and gives students the opportunity to become involved in research and learn things that could not be learned in a classroom. The perfect example would be the field school in Petra, where I was able to consolidate and expand upon the archaeological methods I learned in class and how to systematically dig, record data, and interpret what I find in the soil. I was also able to learn much working in the lab for both Dr. Rawlings and Dr. Ramsay, learning faunal osteology and sorting and identifying archaeobotanical remains.
What are your future plans?
I am currently doing research for my classes in to the prehistory of the southern Levant (modern day Israel and Jordan), and how the transition from hunter-gatherer modes of life to sedentary modes of living can be reflected in the botanical remains as well as other types of remains (faunal, artifactual, etc.) and how climate change is a factor in the transition. I am currently figuring out where I will be doing fieldwork this summer. I have many opportunities open to me in Buffalo, and in addition to continuing field work in Jordan (and possibly working in Israel) I hope to work on Crete dealing with the Minoans.