Lance Greene, Ph.D.

Department:
Sociology & Anthropology
Title:
Associate Professor
Address:
Millett Hall 270, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

I am an historical archaeologist in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. My research interests focus on marginalized groups—American Indians, women, minorities, the poor, and the institutionalized—in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Currently my research focuses on the Shawnee in Ohio during the late eighteenth century. WSU students and I are researching the Shawnee town of Piqua (ca. 1765-1780) and the battle of Piqua between the Shawnee of that town and an invading American militia force.

I hope to be of service to students at the university and to the general public. Archaeological and anthropological training our students receive will prepare them for jobs in archaeology and other careers. Public archaeology will also provide the local public with opportunities to learn about their history and about how archaeological research is conducted.

My dissertation research describes Cherokee life in the mountains of North Carolina during and after the Removal. Excavations focused on the house site of John and Betty Welch, a Cherokee/Euro-American couple, who helped sustain a Cherokee community called Welch’s Town. For more than 15 years after the Trail of Tears (1839-1855), this diverse community of Cherokees and whites operated publicly as a Southern plantation (the Welches owned several enslaved African Americans) and secretly as a traditional Cherokee town.

From 2012-2014 I served as the director of the Camp Lawton research project. Camp Lawton was a Confederate POW camp in Georgia, occupied in 1864. The camp was built to relieve overcrowding at Andersonville, but did little to stop the suffering of Union prisoners. Our excavations uncovered the remains of Confederate officers’ quarters, Union prisoners’ huts, and several sections of the stockade trenches. One of the main goals of the project under my directorship was to compare the daily lives of prisoners and guards, with a particular focus on diet. I am also interested in the effects of long term incarceration on soldiers; many of these POWs were imprisoned for months or even years, and the physical, mental, and emotional impacts were devastating for most.

COURSES TAUGHT

ATH 2200       Introduction to Archaeology (every Fall and Spring semester)—A Social Science Gen-Ed course!

ATH 3510       Lab Methods in Archaeology (Spring 2020 and every other Spring thereafter; counts as a Methods course for Anthropology majors and minors)

ATH 3600       America’s Buried Past (Fall 2020 and every other Fall thereafter)

ATH 3600       Archaeology of Industry and Labor (Spring 2019 and every other Spring thereafter

ATH 3700       Field Methods in Archaeology (Fall 2019 and every other Fall thereafter; counts as a Methods course for Anthropology majors and minors)

ATH 4500       Archaeology of Conflict (Spring 2019 and every other Spring thereafter)

ATH 4650       Field School in Archaeology (most summers; counts as a Methods course for Anthropology majors and minors)

ATH 4750       Seminar in Archaeological Theory (Spring 2020 and every other Spring thereafter; counts as a Theory course for Anthropology majors and minors)

IN THE NEWS

WSU field school:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQOCAUwjDo4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kQ7f1bJ548

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxOhlrHe4m8

AWARDS

2017    Wright State University College of Liberal Arts, Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award

2013    Georgia Southern University CLASS Faculty Research and Creativity Seed Grant

2012    NEH Summer Institute program on the Visual Culture of the Civil War, CUNY Graduate Center

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dissertation: A Struggle for Cherokee Community: Excavating Identity in Post-Removal North Carolina. Chair, Vin Steponaitis.

M.A., Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Thesis: The Archaeology and History of the Cherokee Out Towns.

B.A., Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

PUBLICATIONS

In Press: “Archaeology and Community Reconstruction of Mid-Nineteenth Century Cherokee Farmsteads Along Valley River, North Carolina.” Chapter in edited volume Understanding Human Behavioral Change from an Archaeological Perspective. Edited by Clifford Boyd. University of Tennessee Press.

2018  "Community Behavior in a Post-Removal Cherokee Town." In The Archaeology of Everyday Matters, edited by Philip Carr and Sarah Price. University of Florida Press. 

2017  ""Pend in a pine grove": Archaeology of the Confederate POW Camp at Blackshear, Georgia." Early Georgia. Co-authored with M. Jared Wood and Inger Wood.  

2011  "Ethnicity and Material Culture in Antebellum North Carolina". Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Volume 30(1):64-78.

2010    American Indians and the Market Economy, 1775-1850, edited volume (co-edited with Mark Plane), University of Alabama Press.

2010    "Identity in a Post-Removal Cherokee Household, 1838-1850", In American Indians and the Market Economy, 1775-1850, University of Alabama Press.

RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2018    ““Andersonville All Over Again”: An Archaeological Comparison of Union POWs and Their Confederate Guards during the American Civil War”. Fields of Conflict Conference, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket, Connecticut.

2017    “Cherokee Participation in the Southern Slave Society”, Society for American Archaeology conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

2017    “A century of white settlement in western North Carolina: Archaeology of the Hiwassee Reservoir”. Uplands Archaeology in the East Symposium XII. Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.

2015    “A Novel Approach: Historical Fiction in Archaeology”. Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

2014    “Little Shanties Made of Pine Boughs: Investigating Civil War Union Prisoners’ Huts.” Fields of Conflict Conference, Columbia, South Carolina.

2014    “The Whole Shebang: The Use of LiDAR Technology to Identify and Record Union Prisoners’ Huts at the Confederate POW site of Camp Lawton.” Society for American Archaeology conference, Austin, Texas (co-authored with Matt Luke).

2014    “Archaeology and Community Reconstruction of Mid-19th Century Cherokee Farmsteads Along Valley River, North Carolina.” Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Greenville, South Carolina.

RECENT INVITED LECTURES

2017    “Andersonville all over again: Archaeology of a Confederate POW Camp: Camp Lawton, Georgia.” Public presentation at Sunwatch Indian Museum, April 15, 2017, American Institute of Archaeology/Sunwatch Winter Lecture Series.

2016    “Resisting Removal: The Archaeology of an 1830s Appalachian Cherokee Farmstead.” Public presentation at Sunwatch Indian Museum, January 16, 2016, American Institute of Archaeology/Sunwatch Winter Lecture Series.

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