Lara Homsey Messer is an environmental
archaeologist who is interested in how changes in the physical environment
(such as geologic resources, natural hazards, and climate change) affected
received an MS in Geology (2003) and a PhD (2004) in Archaeology, both from
the University of Pittsburgh. She is returning to her home state of Pennsylvania after
teaching for nine years in the Geosciences Department at Murray State University.
research projects include coring and soil analysis to reconstruct the ancient
environment at the Monongahela village site of Squirrel Hill in western Pennsylvania, using soil
micromorphology to understand mound-building technologies and prehistoric
engineering at the Coles Creek Raffman Site in Louisiana, and GIS and remote
sensing applications to look at settlement patterning and river migration in
the Cache Valley of Illinois.
She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles
in journals such as American Antiquity,
Geoarchaeology, and Ethnoarchaeology and has published a
monograph of her dissertation through ArchaeoPress. In addition, she serves as
the associate editor of the Journal of
Kentucky Archaeology and recently served as a guest editor for volume 35 of
Southeastern Archaeology, a thematic
issue on microartifact analysis.
Messer has wide array of experience in
applied archaeology, having worked in both the private and public sectors,
including serving as a cultural resource manager for the US Army
Environmental Center at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She is a member of the Register of
Professional Archaeologists, Society for American Archaeology, and the
Geological Society of America.
currently teaches Contemporary Anthropology, Geoarchaeology, Environmental
Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, and Public Archaeology.
Many of Messer’s publications can
be read here.