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April M. Beisaw

  • Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Vassar College
  • 24PublicationsNumber of items in April M.'s My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 18Followers


I am a North American archaeologist and physical anthropologist with active research projects on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Susquehannock identity (as revealed through mortuary rituals) and the 400+ year life history of a single town in southern maryland (Port Tobacco). I strive to incorporate descendant communities in my work and provide opportunities for their stories to be recorded along with the anthropologists'. Bones are my artifact of choice and through taphonomic analyses I seek to use all the data that bones can provide to interpret the formation processes of sites and assemblages and to understand the lives of those individuals that bones represent. My theoretical approach has recently shifted towards memory and identity with respect to mortuary rituals and the use of landscape.

Recent publications

  • Phase I / II Archaeological Testing of the Town Hall School ( 20WA375 ), Pittsfield Township , Washtenaw County , Michigan

    • Beisaw A
  • The Current State of the Saline Area One Room Schools, Michigan

    • Beisaw A
    • Clements W
    • Ticknor M

Professional experience

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Vassar College

May 2012 - Present

Adjunct Research Associate

Binghamton University

May 2007 - Present

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Heidelberg University

August 2008 - May 2012(4 years)


Binghamton University

January 2004 - May 2007(3 years)


PhD Anthropology

Binghamton University

August 2002 - May 2007(5 years)

MA Anthropology

Binghamton University

August 1996 - August 1998(2 years)

BA Anthropology & Chemistry

Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey

August 1993 - May 1996(3 years)


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