Sean is a geospatial archaeologist specializing in the American Southwest. At Notre Dame, he explores how patterns of settlement and interaction between cultural regions relates to periods of climatic stress. He is particularly interested in how practices coming from Chaco Canyon, New Mexico made their way to Mesa Verde, Colorado during times when climatic conditions were deteriorating. To address these topics, Sean emphasizes ideas of connection, interaction, and landscape, while also employing an array of digital technologies including geospatial, computational, and aerial-based remote sensing methods.
Sean received his M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Northern-Colorado. His master’s thesis focused on a geospatial analysis of the Chacoan road system, clarifying potential use strategies of regional prehispanic roads.Sean is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.
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