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Tina L. Thurston <email@example.com>
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Dr. Tina L. Thurston is an historical archaeologist who works in Scandinavia on Iron Age, Viking, Early Medieval and High Medieval archaeology (about AD 500 to about 1550). She has been the Principle Investigator of several multi-year reseach projects, supported by the US National Science Foundation, for most of the last 17 years. She worked in Scania, southern Sweden for 6 years, Northern Jutland, Denmark for 9 years, and is just beginning a new multi-year project in Småland, Sweden. She is also beginning work on a parallel project, examining similar research issues, in Northen Ireland. Her areas of expertise are in revealing and interpreting archaeological traces of the impact of political change on the economies and lives of ordinary people, cultural landscape change, agricultural intensification, and on the resistene or compliance of pre-state ethnic groups and local and traditional political organizations with the encroachment of centralizing states.
|Address:||Dept. of Anthropology
380 MFAC, Ellicott Complex
Buffalo, New York 14261
|Primary Phone:||716 645 2414 ext 143|
|Secondary Phone:||716 645 2414|
|Fax Number:||716 645 3808|
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Skand
Demographic History / Studies
Ethnic History / Studies
European History / Studies
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies
Political History / Studies
For full vitae see website.
Education: Ph.D. (Anthropology) 1996 University of Wisconsin, Madison
BA/MA (Anthropology) 1990 (Summa Cum Laude) Hunter College, City University of New York
Thurston, Tina L. and Christopher T. Fisher (eds) 2007 Seeking A Richer Harvest: The Archaeology of Subsistence Intensification, Innovation and Change Human Ecology and Adaptation Book Series. Springer Scientific Publishing New York
Thurston, Tina L. 2001 Landscapes of power, landscapes of conflict: state formation in the South Scandinavian Iron Age. Fundamental Issues in Archaeology. Kluwer/Plenum, New York
Fisher, C. T. and Tina L. Thurston (eds) 1999 Dynamic Landscapes as Socio-Political Process: The Topography of Anthropogenic Environments in Global Perspective. 58-page edited Special Section in Antiquity 73 (281):630-688.
Thurston, Tina L. 2008 (forthcoming) Farming the Margins: on the social causes and consequences of soil management strategies in The Socio-Natural Connection: Integrating Archaeology And Environmental Studies. G. Feinman, B. Hill & C. T. Fisher (eds) Univ of Arizona Press
Thurston, Tina L. 2007 Infields, Outfields, and Broken Lands: agricultural intensification and the ordering of space in Iron Age Denmark. Thurston and Fisher (eds.) Seeking A Richer Harvest: The Archaeology of Subsistence Intensification, Innovation and Change Human Ecology and Adaptation Book Series. Springer Scientific Publishing New York pp. 155-191.
Thurston, Tina L. 2006. The Barren and the Fertile: central and local intensification strategies across variable landscapes. Agricultural Strategies J. Marcus & C. Stanish (eds). Cotsen Institiute of Archaeology Press, Los Angeles CA pp. 131-161.
Thurston, Tina L. 1999. The knowable, the doable, and the undiscussed: tradition, submission, and the "becoming" of rural landscapes in Denmark’s Iron Age Antiquity 1999 (3):661-671.
Thurston, Tina L. 1997. Historians, prehistorians, and the tyranny of the historical record: Danish state formation through documents and historical data. New Approaches To Combining The Archaeological And Historical Records: Current Research in the New and Old Worlds. Ed. S. Kepecs & M. Kolb. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 4(3-4):239-263
Thurston, Tina L. 1996. Reconstructing local and regional landscapes in Late Iron Age and Early Medieval Scania. META Journal of Medieval Archaeology
November 2004 - May 2007 National Science Foundation Supplement Request No: 0506074 Supplemental Funding to Existing Award Number: 0314407. “Decentralized Societies and the Development of Secondary States” $15,750
June 2003-May 2006. National Science Foundation Grant SBR-0314407 "Decentralized Societies and the Development of Secondary States" $181,671.00
June 2000-September 2002 National Science Foundation Grant SBR-0002371 "Decentralized Societies and the Development of Secondary States" $58,270.00
July 1998 - June 1999 National Science Foundation Grant SBR-98077729 "Secondary State Formation in the Danish Iron Age" $25,200
A few recent papers:
April 2007 Bitter arrows and generous gifts: what was a king in the European Iron Age? Paper submitted as part of symposium entitled Pathways to Power: Inequality, dominance and exploitation for the 2007 annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, Texas
September 2006 (with Jørgen Westphal and Mette Roesgaard) Imagining Danish prehistory through 50 years: methodological and paradigmatic transformations in regional and interregional archaeology. Paper presented at the European Association of Archaeologists annual meeting, Krakow, Poland
June 2006 The First Mile: uprooting, resettlement and forced migration in the recent and distant past Paper presented at the 10th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), York University, Toronto, Canada.
April 2006 Iron Age People and Places in Transition: chaos, turmoil, mayhem, mess and muddle. Paper submitted as part of the Symposium entitled Transitions: Beyond Origins in Archaeological Research. Papers in Honor of T. Douglas Price 2006 annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology San Juan, Puerto Rico.
December 2005 The North Jutland Rural Ceramic Study: Beyond Shape and Decoration Typologies for Rural Potting Traditions (with Jerolyn E. Morrison) Paper preseented at the 2005 meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Washington DC
September 2005 The Location of Power and the Art of Resistance: spatial analysis and social theory of Denmark’s Iron Age (with Donald A. Smith) Paper presented in the symposium Space - The Final Frontier? An Intercontinental Approach. European Association of Archaeologists annual meeting, Cork, Ireland
April 2005 Solemn treaties both sides had sworn: rethinking the “barbarian vs. civilization”
Paper in the symposium entitled Agency Within the Periphery: Views From Across the Globe, Paper accepted for the 2005 annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Salt Lake City, Utah
April 2004 The barren and the fertile: ancient and modern intensification strategies across variable landscapes. Invited contribution to symposium entitled The Socio-Natural Connection: Integrating Archaeology and Environmental Studies for 21st Century Conservation submitted to the 2004 meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Montreal, Canada.
April 2004 Viking Settlements: Scandinavians at Home and in Britain (with Thomas Brunton) Invited contribution to symposium entitled Across the wide and perilous sea: Cultural contact in medieval Northern Europe submitted to the 2004 meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Montreal, Canada.
April 2004 Discussant: Regional Archaeologies and the Nation-State: Ethnic Identities and Cultural Production Symposium submitted to the 2004 meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Montreal, Canada.
March 2004 The ground they dunged, plows made ready: plaggen soils as landesque capital in early Northern Europe. Invited contribution to the A. Watson Armour III Spring Symposium, "Indigenous Ecologies and Sustainability: Humans and Landscape Past and Present". The Field Museum, Chicago
April 2003 State development in the Danish Iron Age: a regional analysis of domination and resistance. Paper presented at the 2003 meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Symposia and Conferences Organized:
September 2006. Session Chair and Co-Organizer (with Roderick Salisbury) Regional Analyses of Spatial and Social Dynamics. Symposium presented at the European Association of Archaeologists annual meetings in Krakow, Poland
April 2006 Session Organizer and Chair (with Lisa Frink): “Transitions: Beyond Origins in Archaeological Research. Papers in Honor of T. Douglas Price“ Symposium presented at the Society for American Archaeology 2006 annual meetings, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
April 2001 Session Chair: "Power, Economy and Identity" General Session, Society for American Archaeology, New Orleans. Louisiana
March 1999 Symposium Co-chair, with Christopher T. Fisher: "New Perspectives in Subsistence Intensification" Symposium presented at the 1999 meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Chicago, Illinois.
March 1998 Symposium Co-chair, with Christopher T. Fisher: "Dynamic Landscapes as Socio-Political Process: The Topography of Anthropogenic Environments in Global Perspective." Symposium at the 1998 meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Seattle, Washington.
Current Graduate Courses:
Complex Societies • Gender Archaeology • Archaeological Method and Theory • Celts, Anglo-Saxons & Vikings • Human Impacts on Ancient Environments • Landscape Archaeology • Analytical Methods in Archaeology