John L. Seidel
Director of the Center for Environment & Society; Lammot du Pont Copeland Associate Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies
- B.A., Drew University, 1976
- M.A. Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 1980
- M.A. American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania 1981
- Ph.D. Historical Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania, 1987
- Introduction to Environmental Archaeology
- Cultures and Environments of the Chesapeake
- Doing Archaeology
- Maritime Archaeology
- Reconstructing Past Environments
- Archaeology and Historic Preservation in Maryland
- Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology
- Ancient Myths & World Mysteries
- Summer Field School in Archaeology
- Summer Field Study in Bermuda (with Prof. Donald Munson)
Areas Of Interest
- environmental archaeology
- maritime archaeology
- historic preservation
- natural and cultural resource management
- remote sensing
- GIS & computer applications in resource management
- benthic habitat and coastal zone assessment
- long-term climate change
Current Research Projects
Marine archaeology and natural resource surveys of the Chester River and other tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay; formulation of a predictive model and Geographic Information System (GIS) for archaeological sites on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore; long-term environmental and stabilization study of the 1748 wreck of HMS “Fowey,” Biscayne, Florida with the National Park Service’s Submerged Resource Unit; shallow water habitat assessment in the Chesapeake Bay, Fire Island National Seashore and other estuarine or coastal zones; climate change and local and regional climate protection planning.
Boards And Committees (selected)
Chestertown Historic District Commission; Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees.
SCUBA diving, boating, travel, music, reading.
Recent trips (in the last two years): Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. Where do I want to go next? The Galapagos, Antarctica, Alaska, any of the Pacific Islands, back to the Mediterranean, and so on, and so on, and so on…
Some Recommended Internet Sites
One of the best all-around sites on archaeology
The Skeptic’s Dictionary - things aren’t always what they seem, or what others tell you - here’s a site that brings a rationale perspective to many so-called “mysteries.”
Great site on evolution, with frequently asked questions and responses to assaults on scientific approaches to studying our biological past.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s site.
A BBC page on archaeology, with links to a variety of subjects: human remains, virtual sites, marine archaeology, the history of archaeology, and DNA research, among others.
NOVA’s listing of web sites associated with their programs-check the listings under “Social Studies” for archaeological materials. Check “Lost King of the Maya,” “Mysteries of the Nile,” and “Vessel of Doom.”
Wonderful photos of Maya sites.
Play the Mesoamerican Ball Game—but don’t lose!
Wonder why I like this one?!