There's a new face at the Haynie site, as Crow Canyon is proud to welcome Samantha (Sam) Fladd to the Center as our new Supervisory Field Archaeologist.
Fladd is currently finishing up her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona, where she focuses her study on the Homol’ovi Settlement Cluster of northeast Arizona and Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico. Her research interests include ancient Pueblo architecture and how it relates to population dynamics, ritual activities, social identity, memory, and power.
Fladd previously earned her B.A. in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Virginia in 2009, and her M.A. in archaeology from Arizona in 2012. Prior to coming to Crow Canyon, she worked for several years for the Arizona State Museum as a research assistant. She also conducts research on patterns of discard and room closure in the great houses and small sites of Chaco Canyon. Her original interest in Chaco came when she worked for the Chaco Research Archive, which digitized the paper excavation records from early archaeological projects in the canyon, from 2007 to 2010. This led to several summers on survey and excavation projects in Chaco.
She most recently finished a two-year “pre-doc” in the Anthropology Department at the University of Cincinnati that focused on taking an interdisciplinary approach to agricultural production at Chaco.
“We are incredibly pleased and fortunate that Sam has joined the Crow Canyon family,” says Dr. Susan Ryan, director of Archaeology at Crow Canyon. “She is an outstanding researcher, educator, and a supportive colleague.”
At Crow Canyon, Fladd will help oversee field activities for the Northern Chaco Outliers Project, especially dig activities at the Haynie site, which contains two Chaco–period (A.D. 1050–1140) great houses and numerous small houses.
Welcome to Crow Canyon, Sam!