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Research

Çatalhöyük, Turkey:

Dr. Sharon Moses is 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.

 Sharon Moses CV

Hume Slave Street Research Project, Georgetown, SC:

Hume excavationsThis research project includes student participation through Coastal Carolina University's Historical Archaeology Field School. Students learn basic archaeological field techniques and methods with hands on experience in excavation and artifact processing.  The field school is conducted on Cat Island of the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, just south of Georgetown, SC. The Hume Plantation is an artifact rich site, with pre-historic and historic period deposits from Native Americans to contact levels with European and African people (17th & 18th centuries); the Hume slave street then becomes predominantly antebellum slave and post-Civil War period to early 20th century. 

colonial potteryThis experience offers students a window into the lives of Native Americans and African Americans from slavery through emancipation. Students will be encouraged to critically examine how archaeological knowledge is constructed and expressed within an historical period, and the importance of ethnographic, archival, and oral history sources. Students will spend the first week in a classroom/lab environment to learn historical background information, proper equipment use, site procedures and safety protocols.  Fieldwork excavation will be comprised of 2 weeks “camping” on Cat Island (houses are available for multiple student occupation and are incorporated into field school costs); meals for Monday-Fridays will be included during those 2 weeks.  Students will have an opportunity to leave the island on weekends.  The 4th & final week of the course will be back at the CCU archaeology lab, completing artifact cataloguing and writing a brief excavation report. For a printable brochure, please click here, or contact Dr. Moses at smoses@coastal.edu.