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James Newhard

Chair of Classics and Director, Center for Historical Landscapes

Address: Randolph Hall 308B
Phone: 843.953.5485
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Dr. Newhard is a landscape archaeologist with an emphasis upon integrating human and environmental histories to develop an overall understanding of the long-term interactions between humans and the physical world. He is also Director of the College's Center for Historical Landscapes.


Ph.D, Classical Studies. University of Cincinnati, 2003

       American School of Classical Studies in Athens, 1999

M.A., Classics.  University of Cincinnati, 1996

B.A., Classical Art & Archaeology.  University of Missouri – Columbia, 1994

B.A., Classical Languages.  University of Missouri – Columbia, 1994

       College Year in Athens, 1991

Research Interests

Ancient Mediterranean Socio-Economic Systems, Archaeological Field Methods, Informatics, Geoarchaeology

Courses Taught

Introductory to advanced undergraduate courses in Mediterranean archaeology

Independent studies in archaeoloigcal methodology and geospatial applications in archaeology

Introductory to advanced Latin


(last 5 years)

Articles & Book Chapters  (student names preceded by an asterisk)

2018    “Evaluating archaeological evidence for demographics, abandonment, and recovery in Late Antique and Byzantine Anatolia.” Human Ecology 46: 381-398 (with M. Cassis, O. Doonan, H. Elton). DOI: 10.1007/s10745-018-0003-1

2018     “Not the End of the World? Post-Classical Decline and Recovery in Rural Anatolia.” Human Ecology 46: 305-322. (with M. Cassis, O. Doonan, W. Eastwood, H. Elton, J. Haldon, A. Izdebski, N. Roberts) DOI: 10.1007/s10745-018-9973-2  

2017    “Euchaita,” in Ph. Niewöhner (ed.) Handbook of Byzantine Archaeology of Anatolia. From the End of Late Antiquity to the Coming of the Turks.  Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780190610463 (with J. Haldon and H. Elton)

2016    “A survey of chipped stone resources and production in the Argolid,” In P. Elephanti, P.N. Kardulias, N. Andreasen, and G. Marshall (eds.) Lithics Past and Present: Perspectives on Chipped Stone Studies in Greece (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology 144).  Pp. 141-158.

2016    “The Chipped and Ground Stone” in M. Cosmopoulos, (ed.) The Political Geography of a Mycenaean District. The Archaeological Survey at Iklaina. (The Archaeological Society at Athens Library 306) Athens: Library of the Archaeological Society at Athens. Pp. 177-188.

2015    “Euchaita,” in S. Steadman (ed.) Anatolian Archaeology. Cambridge Scholars Press. Pp. 332-355. (with H. Elton and J. Haldon).

2015    “Above as Below: Application of Multiple Survey Techniques at a Byzantine Church at Avkat.” In K. Winther-Jacobsen and L. Summerer (eds.) Landscape and settlement dynamics in Northern Anatolia in the Roman and Byzantine Period (Geographica Historica). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag. Pp. 101-117. (with *P. Bikoulis, H. Elton, and J. Haldon)

2015    “3D Imaging in Mediterranean Archaeology: What are we Doing, Anyway?” In W. Caraher and B. Olsen (eds.) Visions of Substance.  Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. Pp.

2014    “The Development of Integrated Terrestrial and Marine Pathways in the Argo-Saronic Region, Greece.” Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 41: 379-390.  (with *A.D. Phebus, and N.S. Levine) DOI:10.1080/15230406.2014.925786

2014    “The Climate and Environment of Byzantine Anatolia: Integrating Science, History, and Archaeology.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 45.2: 113-161.  (with M. Cassis, O. Doonan, W. Eastwood, H. Elton, D. Flietmann, J. Haldon, A. Izdebski, S. Ladstätter, S. Manning, K. Nicoll, C.N. Roberts, I. Tlelis, and E. Xoplaki) DOI:10.1162/JINH_a_00682

2013    “A Geoinformatic Approach to the Collection of Archaeological Survey Data.” Cartography and Geographic Information Science 40: 3-17.  (with N. Levine, *A.D. Phebus,* J. Littlefield, and *S. Craft) DOI: 10.1080/15230406.2013.762139

2012    “Avkat Arkeoloji Projesi, 2007-2009.”  Çorum Kazı ve Araştırmalar Sempozyum, 2. Çorum.   203-218.  (with H. Elton, J. Haldon, and *P. Bikoulis)


Professional Papers, Posters, & Workshops (last 5 years)

(student names preceded by an asterisk)

2018    Panelist. “Research Experiences in Archaeology with Undergraduates,” Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC.

2017    Organizer. “Cultural Heritage and Tourism.” Seventh Annual South Carolina State Parks Archaeology Conference.  Charleston.

2016    Organizer. “Living on the Edge: Coastal Communities Past and Present.”  Sixth Annual South Carolina State Parks Archaeology Conference.  Charleston.

2016    “The use of GIS to map locations and potential future impacts of chondrichthyes laden hazardous weather events.” FEMA HAZUS Conference, Charleston. (with Charlie Kaufman, Steve Jaumé, Norman Levine, and Scott Harris)

2015    “Perspectives on using 3rd-party data to develop regional syntheses in the informatic age,” invited paper at a workshop “Developing the Digital Ottoman Platform (DOP),” Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

2015    Invited Respondent. “Climate and Society in Byzantine and Ottoman Anatolia, 300 – 1900 CE,” Princeton University.

2015    “Analog to Digital: Archaeology in the early 21st century. Opportunities, challenges, and responses.” Keynote address.  Fifth Annual South Carolina State Parks Archaeology Conference.  Charleston.

2015    “The Development of a Legacy GIS for the Contextualization of the Linear B Deposits from the Palace of Nestor at Pylos,” Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, New Orleans. (with *Z. Bartholomew, N.S. Levine, K. Pluta, and D. Nakassis)

2015    Workshop co-Organizer. “Projections for the Future: Best Practices for the Preservations and Publication of Geospatial Data,” Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, New Orleans. (with A. Rabinowitz)

2015    “Inside-out and Inside-in: Improving and Extending Digital Models for Archaeological Interpretation,” Joint Colloquium “Making Meaning from Data,” sponsored by the Society for Classical Studies and the Archaeological   Institute of America, New Orleans. (with R. Opitz, M. Mogetta, T. Johnson, S. Lash, and M. Naglak)

2014    Workshop Organizer.  “Lowcountry Archaeology Planning Workshop,” College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.

2014    “Assigning Function to Survey Data Using Multivariate Geospatial Modeling,” Computing Applications in Archaeology, Paris, France. (with N. Levine and *O. Adams)

2014    Conference Facilitator. Fourth Annual South Carolina State Parks Archaeology Conference. Charleston, SC.

2014    “The Use of Structured Light Scanning for the Study of the Linear B Deposits from Pylos, Messenia, Greece,” Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Chicago, IL. (with *J. Baxley, B. Rennison, K. Pluta,   and D. Nakassis)

2014    Session Organizer. “Mapping the Roman World,” Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Chicago, IL.

2013    Panelist. “What Content…Where?  The art of electing course content:  tools, permissions, analysis, and where librarians fit in.” 2013 Charleston Conference, Charleston SC.

2013    “Developing interpretative frameworks for ephemeral artifact scatters: a geoinformatic example from central Turkey,” presented at a workshop “Far from the Maddening Crowd – Interpreting the Ephemeral Evidence for Rural Life,” at the19th Meeting of the European Association for Archaeologists, Plzen, Czech Republic.

2013    “Beyond the Region: the Use of Meta-GIS in the Development of Cross-Regional Syntheses,” invited paper at a workshop “Workshop zum GIS-Byzanz Projekt,” geogrgraphischen Institut in Mainz.

2013    “Avoiding the Next ‘Great Divide’: Problematizing the Archaeological and Paleoenvironmental Gap,” invited paper presented at a workshop “Climate, Environment and History in Anatolia ca 200-1000 CE,” Princeton University.

2013    “Survey Technologies:  Possibilities and Limitations,” invited paper presented at the “2013 Byzantine Spring Colloquium,” Dumbarton Oaks

2013    Workshop Organizer.  “Geospatial Studies in Classical Archaeology: A Survey of Approaches and Methods,” Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Seattle, WA.

2013    Session Organizer.  “Regional Survey in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Seattle, WA.