Department of Anthropology

Georgia Fox

Chair, Anthropology Advisor, VLSM Co-Director

Georgia Fox with group

Education

B.A., History, 1976, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., Anthropology, 1991. Texas A& M University
Ph.D., Anthropology, 1998, Texas A&M University

Research Interests and Specializations

Historical archaeology, maritime and underwater archaeology, material culture studies, museum studies, and archaeological and ethnographic conservation.

Archaeology

As a historical archaeologist, my research interests focus on the rise and intersection of capitalism, consumerism, and colonialism in the New World, with special emphasis on the Caribbean. I am interested in island and maritime-based cultures and societies and in addressing questions that pertain to culture change, economy, and environment. For the past 11 years, I have been conducting an archaeological field school on Antigua, where most of my work has focused on the excavations at Betty's Hope Plantation. Our ongoing investigations on Antigua include a team of archaeologists focusing on Fort George (Monk's Fort), an 18th century burial ground for British sailors at Galleon Beach, and Indian Creek, a Ceramic-Period prehistoric site. My past field work has been in terrestrial and underwater archaeology, including the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean, the Netherlands, Caribbean, and maritime California.

Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management

Upon graduation, many of our students end up working in cultural heritage management. As director of the Department of Anthropology's Museum Studies Program and the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, I teach courses in museum studies and archaeological and ethnographic conservation. I became interested in conservation in the 1980s, and studied with Carlos Osona, a paintings conservator, and Carol Kenyon, who served as a conservator for the California missions. Later, at Texas A&M, I studied archaeological conservation with Dr. Donny Hamilton, who served as my mentor, and then was guided by Dr. David Scott at the Getty Conservation Institute, particularly in my research on archaeological metals. I did my MA Thesis on the conservation of the bronze artifacts from Tel Nami, Israel, directed by Dr. Michel Artzy. As a practicing archaeologist and conservator, I find having a conservation plan an important part of any archaeological fieldwork. Since coming to CSU Chico, I established the Heritage Resources Conservation Laboratory (HRCL), which trains students through coursework and contracts.