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David CranfordAssistant State Archaeologist

David Cranford, a North Carolina native, developed an early interest in the archaeology and history of Native peoples in the Southeast. He completed his undergraduate degree at Appalachian State University, received his M.A. from the University of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. from UNC- Chapel Hill. David's dissertation research is an archaeological examination of community organization and household variability within the Catawba Indian Nation of South Carolina during the late 18th century (ca. 1760 – 1800). While at UNC he was a Research and Teaching Assistant for the Department of Anthropology and served as a field school and lab supervisor for the Research Laboratories of Archaeology. His other research interests include the archaeology of North Carolina, public archaeology, ceramic and lithic analysis, and the application of GIS in archaeology.

919.814.6551 | david.cranford@ncdcr.gov