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Sharon Moses, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History (Cultural Anthropology)


Sharon Moses is an Assistant Professor (Cultural Anthropology) in the History Department of Coastal Carolina University.  As an anthropologist and an archaeologist, she is most interested in the reconstruction of past ritual life and symbolism, identity formation, multivocality of children’s material culture and ethnography of descendant communities. Her research includes the study of children and childhood at the Neolithic settlement of Çatalhöyük, Turkey, formerly interpreted as a “goddess” cult site, where she examined children’s in-house burials and sacred spaces. The discovery of a partially plastered adult skull at Çatalhöyük in 2004 has linked it to similar practices found in Neolithic Jericho, where skull plastering has been suggested as part of ancestor worship. Dr. Moses has also worked on sites in Greece (Graeco-Roman), Mesoamerica (Maya), and Maine (Colonial & Native fishing economy).  Her Native American heritage (Apache) informs her approach to oral tradition communities.

Dr Moses was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship for her reserach using non-Western models of interpretation. Her publications include: Çatalhöyük’s Foundation Burials: Ritual Child Sacrifice or Convenient Deaths?, 2008 Babies Reborn: Infant/Child Burials in Pre- and Protohistory, British Archaeological Reports; Affects of Dominant Hegemony on the Ethnogenesis of Contemporary Native American Identity, 1998 Northwest Archaeological Research Notes, and a forthcoming article, Socio-Political Implications of Neolithic Foundation Deposits and the Possibility of Child Sacrifice: A Case Study at Çatalhöyük, Turkey, Glenn Schwartz and Anne Porter (eds.) Social Aspects of Human and Animal Sacrifice in the Ancient Near East, Sacrifice Vol. 1.

She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University, M.A. degrees from Cornell University and the University of Montana, and a BA from the University of Montana.


Contact Information:

Office Location: 129 Sands Hall

Mailing Address:

Dr. Sharon Moses
Department of History
Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054

Phone: 843-349-2778

Fax: 843-349-2847