Castaways

A remarkable untold story of despair, survival, and persistence from a remote island in the Indian Ocean. It is rare when archaeology carries this much emotion. The story was the most shared in the history of Archaeology‘s Facebook page.

Archaeology
Castaways
Illegally enslaved and then marooned on remote Tromlein Island for fifteen years, with only archaeology to tell their story
September/October 2014

America’s Chinatowns

Dozens of archaeological digs in the 19th-century Chinatowns of the American West are revealing new insights into the immigrant experience. I spoke with dozens of archaeologists to put together this overview of this emerging sub-field of historical archaeology, which includes sections on labor, health, food, women, and culture.  

Archaeology
America’s Chinatowns
Dozens of digs and collections are revealing the culture, diversity, and challenges of the first Chinese Americans
May/June 2014

Stone Towns of the Swahili Coast

The Swahili Coast and its culture in the medieval period (roughly the tenth to fifteenth centuries) is relatively little studied, compared with other cultures of its size and influence, though it represents a key node in the development of global trade before the European Age of Discovery. I traveled to a remote island off the Tanzanian coast to visit with the archaeologists working to understand this unique African culture.

Archaeology
Stone Towns of the Swahili Coast
Along 2,000 miles of the East African coast, the sophisticated trading centers of the medieval Swahili reveal their origins and influences
January/February 2014
Article also includes my photographs

Anzac’s Next Chapter

Though the World War I battle at Gallipoli in Turkey is of critical historical importance to three modern nations—Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand—it has never before been investigated with modern archaeological methods and techniques. I visited with the international team of archaeologists trying to understand this bloody, prolonged stalemate.

Archaeology
Letter from Turkey: Anzac’s Next Chapter
Archaeologists conduct the first-ever survey of the legendary WWI battlefield at Gallipoli
May/June 2013
Article also includes my photographs

Final Resting Place of an Outlaw

A decade of archaeological, forensic, and historical sleuthing have laid to rest many of the mysteries surrounding the life and death of Ned Kelly, Australia’s notorious and polarizing bandit hero.

Archaeology
Final Resting Place of an Outlaw

Archaeological and forensic detective work leads to the remains of one of Australia’s most celebrated and polarizing historical figures
September/October 2012

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