Profile: Anne-Marie Cantwell

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology

Faculty
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

 

Archaeology; North American Indigenous Peoples; Development of Complex Societies

I am an archaeologist and my field work has largely been in eastern North America mainly in Illinois and New York.  My research has revolved around a number of distinct theoretical issues that are, nonetheless, loosely connected.  These include the role of trade in the development of social complexity in the mound building cultures of the pre Columbian interior of the United States; a new kind of urban archaeology that sees modern American cities as major archaeological sites to be studied in their entirety, firmly kinking the Native American to the more recent past into one chronicle; the comparative cultural-historical study of  the politics in the past, in general and of the talismanic qualities of human remains, in particular; and the ethical role of archaeologists in analyzing and repatriating human skeletal remains to community groups, especially to those living in today's Fourth World.  I am also interested in human rights issues as they relate to indigenous peoples .

  • Courses Taught

    Introduction to Physical Anthropology & Archaeology; Indians of North America; Archaeology of the Old World; New World Archaeology

  • Education

    Ph.D., Anthropology, New York University, 1975

  • Publications

    Works in Progress

    Monographs

    Essays in Honor of Howard D. Winters. Co-Edited with Lawrence A. Conrad New York City's Archaeological Sites. With Diana Wall. Yale University Press.

    Articles

    The Fate of His Bones, the Oracle of His Ashes: The Use of Human Relics in the Construction of Society. 

    The Politics of the Contested Past: Fourth World Peoples and First World Nation States. 

    Wampage: An Algonquian Patriot in Seventeenth Century New York City. 

    The History of New York City Archaeology. With Diana Wall.

    Selected Publications:

    Books

    2001 Unearthing Gotham: the Archaeology of New York City. With Diana Wall. Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut.

    2000 Ethics and Anthropology: Facing Future Issues in Human Biology, Human Rights, Globalism, and Cultural Property. Edited with Eva Friedlander and Madeleine Tramm. New York Academy of Sciences, New York, Paperback edition distributed by John Hopkins University Press.

    1993 The Archaeology of New York City. Edited with Diana Wall. Special Publications No.1, Professional Archaeologists of New York City, New York, New York.

    1984 Copper in Late Prehistoric Eastern North America. by C. Goodman. Editor. Northwestern University Archaeological Program and the Center for American Archeology, Kampsville, Illinois.

    1981 The Research Potential of Anthropological Museum Collections. Edited with James B. Griffin, and Nan. Rothschild. New York Academy of Sciences. New York, New York

    1980 Dickson Camp and Pond: Two sites of the Havana Tradition in the central Illinois Valley, Illinois State Museum. Reports of Investigation No.36, Dickinson Mounds Museum Anthropological Studies. Springfield, Illinois.

    Chapters in Books

    In press Imagining the Stadt Huys (with Diana Wall). In Opening Statements: Law and    Jurisprudence in Dutch New York. edited by Albert Rosenblatt and Julie Rosenblatt. State University of New York Press, Albany.

    2008a Landscapes and Other Objects: Creating Dutch New Netherland. (With Diana Wall) New York History 90(4):315-46).

    2000 'Who Knows the Power of His Bones?': Repatriation Redux. In Ethics and Anthropology: Facing Future Issues in Human Biology, Human Rights, Globalism, and Cultural Property.  Ed. by Anne-Marie Cantwell, Eva Friedlander, and Madeleine Tramm. pp.79-119. New York Academy of Sciences, New York, New York.

    2000 Introduction. In Ethics and Anthropology: Facing Future Issues in Human Biology. Human Rights, Globalism and Cultural Propery. Ed. by Anne-Marie Cantwell, Eva Frielander, and Madeleine Tramm. pp.vii-xx. New York Academy of Sciences, New York,

    l986 The relationship between universities and museums. In The Challenge of Folk Materials for New Jersey's Museums. The Museums Council of New Jersey. Trenton.

    l986 Status report of the Society for American Archeology's NortheastRegional Conference. With Bert Salwen. In Regional Conferences Summary Report. Ed. by C. Irwin- Williams and D. Fowler. pp. 78-97. Society for American Archaeology Special Publication. Washington, D. C.

    l98l The research potential of anthropological museum collections. With N. A. Rothschild. In The Research Potential of Anthropological Research Collections. Ed. By A-M. Cantwell, J. B. Griffin and N. A. Rothschild. New York Academy of Sciences, New York, New York.

    l98l The future of the past. With N. A. Rothschild. In The Research Potential of Anthropological Museum Collections. Ed. by A-M. Cantwell, J. B. Griffin and N. A. Rothschild. New York Academy of Sciences. New York, New York.

    l980 Dickson Camp and Pond: Two Sites of the Havana Tradition in the Central Illinois Valley. Illinois State Museum. Reports of Investigation No. 36, Dickson Mounds Museum Anthropological Studies. Springfield, Illinois

    Selected articles and book chapters

    2011  Engendering New Netherland: Implications for Archaeological and Historical Interpretations of Early Colonial Societies (with Diana Wall). Archaeologies. 7 (1) 211-45.

    2010  New Amsterdam: The Subordination of a Native Space.(with Diana Wall) In Soldiers, Cities, and Landscapes edited by John Hart and Penelope Drooker,pp. 199-212. New York State Museum.

    2008b  The Middle Ground that Once Lay “Under the Blue Canopy of Heaven.” In From de Halve Maen to KLM: 400 Years of Dutch-American Exchange, edited by Margriet Lacy, Charles Gehring, and Jenneke Oosterhoff,  pp. 199-133, Nodus, Muenster.

    2000 'Who Knows the Power of His Bones?': Repatriation Redux. In Ethics and Anthropology: Facing Future Issues in Human Biology, Human Rights, Globalism, and Cultural Property. Ed. by Anne-Marie Cantwell, Eva Friedlander, and Madeleine Tramm. pp. 79-119. New York Academy of Sciences, New York, New York.

    1993 Something rare and strange: Reburial in New York City. Northeast Historical Archaeology 21-22:198-217. l990 The Choir Invisible: reflections on the living and the dead. Death Studies l4:601-616.

  • Research Initiatives

    I am interested in the idea of the of the past as a "political country" over whose territory governments, interest groups and citizens battle In studying the politics of the past, I plan to focus on the transformation of human skeletal remains, in different times and places, governments, revolutionaries, religions, emerging states, and ethnic groups into icons of a desired body politics. I have recently become interested in the 17th century encounters between the Algonquian peoples who lived in the Northeast and the arriving Europeans and Africans. With this material, I add to the collective memory of that time the major role that Native peoples played in the creation of urban landscapes in New York and other East coast cities.