Dylan Clark joined the OSA in 2020 as an Assistant State Archaeologist. He provides environmental review and technical assistance for 23 counties in western North Carolina. He also assists with public outreach, education, and museums.
Dylan received a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from Western Michigan University, an MA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, and a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University. His dissertation research explored the social organization and history of a Maya coastal port community through household archaeology at the island site of Isla Cerritos in Yucatan, Mexico. In addition to Mesoamerican archaeology, his research has focused on public and collaborative archaeology, historical archaeology in the US, museum studies, and heritage studies. Prior to joining the OSA, he served as program director for InHerit: Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present, a non-profit program in the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at UNC-Chapel Hill. He also taught courses in archaeology, cultural anthropology, and global history at UNC-Asheville, Brevard College, and Harvard University. In 2017, he was a George Stuart Residential Scholar at Boundary End Archaeology Research Center in Barnardsville, NC. He serves on the leadership team for the Heritage Values Interest Group of the Society for American Archaeology.