Archaeology Staff

Dr. John G. Crock

Director of the University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program

Dr. John G Crock is the Director of the University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program (UVM CAP) and Associate Professor in the UVM Department of Anthropology. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000, and took over as Director of the UVM CAP in May, 2000. He has been conducting archaeological research in the northeastern United States and the Caribbean since 1987, specializing in cultural resource management studies required by state and federal regulations. This work, primarily in Maine and Vermont, has included all phases of archaeological investigation from preliminary assessments to large-scale site mitigations. Dr. Crock has authored dozens of technical reports and numerous scientific articles. In addition to his capacity as UVM CAP's Director and Principal Investigator, he also teaches at least one UVM Anthropology course per year. Crock's training and experience far exceed the Secretary of the Interior's minimum professional qualifications for archaeology (Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61; Federal Register 48, 190:44738-44739). Dr. Crock can be reached at jcrock@uvm.edu

Dr. Charles Knight

Assistant Director of the UVM CAP

Dr. Charles Knight received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 and joined UVM CAP in 2001. Since 1989, Knight has conducted archaeological research in the eastern United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Ecuador, and Alberta, Canada. Dr. Knight specializes in digital mapping, spatial analysis, and topographic modeling with GIS, CADD and other programs, and has a strong background in lithic technology. He has been awarded research grants from organizations including FAMSI and the National Science Foundation. In addition to assisting the Director in administrative matters, Knight also serves as Principal Investigator on projects and manages the UVM CAP data systems and data analysis. In addition to his capacity as UVM CAP's Assistant Director, he also teaches two UVM Anthropology courses per year, usually on Mesoamerican archaeology. He has authored several technical reports and scientific articles, and meets the Secretary of the Interior's minimum professional qualifications for archaeology (Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61; Federal Register 48, 190:44738-44739). Knight can be reached at cknight@uvm.edu

Geoff Mandel

Research Supervisor/Research Field Technician

Geoff Mandel joined the UVM CAP in 1991. As one of the UVM CAP's most senior staff members, he provides an essential bridge to the organization's past, contributing to an institutional memory essential to building upon the program's extensive research experience. Mandel is the UVM CAP's lead field supervisor, bringing to the job 14 years of excavation experience on both prehistoric and historic sites in Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Vermont. In addition to this archaeological resume, Mandel also is an experienced flintknapper, and regularly gives demonstrations. In addition to his responsibilities supervising field work and report writing, Mandel's intimate knowledge of prehistoric lithic technology is a key analytical resource for the UVM CAP. Mandel can be reached at gmandel@zoo.uvm.edu

Kathleen Kenny

Program Historian

Kathleen Kenny joined the UVM CAP in 1992. Her historic research has been the primary element of many of the UVM CAP's technical reports, and a major component of many others. For example, Kenny is the senior author of the recently completed Archaeological Investigations at the Old Burial Ground, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, a seminal study detailing aspects of early nineteenth century public health and mortuary practices in Vermont. In addition to her outstanding historic research, Kenny supervises historic artifact analyses and also helps supervise field work, particularly at historic sites. She has organized and conducted many UVM CAP public outreach endeavors, including numerous presentations to elementary and high school students. Personal research projects involve many aspects of Vermont history from the earliest settlement through to the Civil War. Kenny can be reached at mck95@aol.com

Francis "Jess" Robinson

Archaeological Field Technician II

Francis "Jess" Robinson became a full-time staff member of UVM CAP in 2001. Prior to this staff appointment, Robinson completed a Master's Program at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, where he studied English and American literature. His thesis focused on anthropological aspects of modernist novels. Robinson has worked on prehistoric and historic sites in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, at the Smithsonian Institute, and in areas of Kent, England for the Canterbury Archaeological Trust. In addition to field and laboratory work, Robinson is currently writing a handbook on the prehistory of Chittenden County as an outreach tool for the Chittenden County Circumferential Highway . Robinson may be reached at either frobinso@zoo.uvm.edu or jessrobbie@hotmail.com