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John McCarthy

Archaeologist, Applied Anthropology Laboratories

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BB 314   Phone: 765-285-5328  

Department of Anthropology
Burkhardt Building (BB), Room 315
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

John is a historical archaeologist and architectural historian whose research centers on how the material world reflects identity, values, and socio-cultural processes. John’s projects have included 17th-century Quaker sites, 18th-century plantations and farmsteads, and 19th-century immigrant and African-American communities. He is also interested in a reflexive approach to the professional practice of archaeology and inclusive involvement of minority and descendent communities in archaeological research, especially with respect to the archaeology of cemeteries and the treatment of human remains. John has authored, or co-authored, over 25 journal articles and book chapters and numerous essays and reviews published in a wide-range of academic journals. His current research examines the history of sanitation and related public infrastructures in Muncie, the production of ceramic “tile” (drain and sewer pipe) in the Muncie area, Quaker Churches/Meetinghouses and cemeteries in eastern Indiana.