Peter Siegel

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Chairperson, Anthropology

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BA:University of Delaware
MA:State University of New York @ Binghamton
PhD:State University of New York @ Binghamton
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Peter E. Siegel is a New World archaeologist, specializing in pre-European cultures of eastern North America, the Caribbean, and lowland South America. His research interests include the evolution of complex society, the origins and many trajectories of social inequality, village spatial organization and the ritual use of space, heritage management, human-environmental relations, ethnoarchaeology, and lithic usewear analysis. Siegel has conducted ethnoarchaeological fieldwork among the Shipibo Indians of eastern Peru and the Waiwai and Wapisiana Indians of southern Guyana. He has directed archaeological projects across much of eastern North America and the Caribbean.

Over the past several years, with funding from the National Science Foundation and National Geographic Society, Siegel has been leading a multidisciplinary project in Caribbean paleoecology and historical ecology on islands located between Venezuela and Puerto Rico. This work builds on the success of an earlier pilot project conducted on Puerto Rico, supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the Heinz Family Foundation for Latin American Archaeology.


Pre-Columbian archaeology of eastern North America, Caribbean, lowland South America
Lithic analysis
Complex society
Religion and use of ritual space
Archaeological heritage management
Historical ecology


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