Dr. Linda F. Stine, RPA
Director Archaeology Program Laboratory
Interests and/or Activities:
Landscape archaeology; social inequality; migration and Diaspora; plantation and farmstead; applied archaeology; teaching praxis. Focus on hands-on student research in the archaeology laboratory, at fieldschool and in the classroom.
I consider myself primarily an historical archaeologist, although my initial training was in prehistoric southeastern archaeology. My career parallels the growth of cultural resource management (CRM). I worked professionally for various archaeological consulting firms, ran a sole proprietorship and served as the environmental review archaeologist for the State of South Carolina applying my knowledge of prehistoric and historic southeastern archaeology.
As an applied archaeologist and educator I believe that my primary duty is to provide students with hands-on experience in the field and the laboratory. Qualified students are given the opportunity for more intensive research with our collections. My graduate education, university teaching and various CRM jobs helped form my research on the archaeology of plantations and farmsteads. My initial exposure to early slave village archaeology 25 plus years ago ensured my interest in emerging and diverse southern and Caribbean cultures and cultural identities. I seek to illustrate how evidence for changing cultural practices, behaviors and beliefs can be seen in the archaeological record.
Transforming southern culture is still a major research interest, especially applying a landscape perspective derived from historical ecology. I also partner with local historical societies and parks at their sites, such as Blandwood, Tannenbaum Historic Park and Troublesome Creek Ironworks, offering research and educational opportunities for students and volunteers. I serve the public as an advisor about preservation, site interpretation and CRM procedures pertaining to local prehistoric and historic sites.
Fieldwork Conducted: St. Eustatius, Netherlands, Antilles Southeast, especially Alabama, Florida, Georgia, special emphasis North and South Carolina.
2009 (Ms in Preparation) Engendering Historical Archaeology in North Carolina. In An Historical Archaeology of North Carolina, edited by Tom Beaman, John Mintz and Paul Mohler. University of Alabama Press. Pp. 87-111.
2008 Reprint. Blue Beads as African-American Cultural Symbols. Co-authored with Melanie Cabak and Mark Groover. In Perspectives from Historical Archaeology. No. 1. African Diaspora Archaeology. Edited by Christopher C. Fennell. Pp. 361-387. Originally published 1996 Historical Archaeology 30(3):49-75.
2006 Researching Past Communities Through University-Community Partnerships: Tannenbaum and Troublesome Creek Projects. Teaching Anthropology: SACC Notes, Vol. 13 (1): 21-23. Edited by Lloyd Miller.
Fall 2004 "A Brief and True Account of the History of South Carolina Plantation Archaeology and the Archaeologists Who Practice It." Co-authored with Natalie P. Adams. South Carolina Antiquities 36(1, 2):22-47.
1999 Research at Bisset Plantation: Archaeology at Riverbreeze Park, Volusia County, Florida. Co-authored with Roy S. Stine. Florida Anthropologist 52 (1): 85-102.
1997 Carolina's Historical Landscapes: Archaeological Perspectives, edited by Linda F. Stine, with the assistance of Martha Zierden, Lesley Drucker, and Christopher Judge. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville.
1996 Blue Beads as African-American Cultural Symbols. Co-authored with Melanie Cabak and Mark Groover. Historical Archaeology 30 (3): 49-75.
1992 Social Differentiation Down on the Farm. In Exploring Archaeology and Gender-Proceedings from the Anthropology and Archaeology of Women Conference May 2-4, 1991. Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. Edited by Cheryl Claassen. Prehistory Press Monographs in World Archaeology 11: 103-109.
1990 Social Inequality and Turn-of-the-Century Farmsteads: Issues of Class, Status, Ethnicity, and Race. In Plantation and Farm: Archaeological Approaches to Southern Agriculture. Edited by Charles Orser, Jr. Historical Archaeology 24: 37-49.