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Benjamin Skolnik


Ben Skolnik (U of Maryland)
Marist B06


Ben works at the intersection of human geography, remote sensing and historical archaeology. He holds a BA from William & Mary and an MA in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland, where, as a member of the Archaeology in Annapolis project, his PhD research focuses on landscapes, plantations and slavery in 18th and 19th century Talbot County, MD. His work emphasizes the use of GIS, predictive modeling and other digital mapping tools in historical research.

For the past three years, Ben has been excavating a pair of quarters at Wye House Plantation that he has located using these tools. With Professor Mark Leone, he and two other graduate students have successfully mounted Joint Heritage at Wye House at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, an exhibit showcasing some of their work.

Ben's Courses:

ANTH 354 - Landscapes & Settlements (3 credits)

The study of human settlements in their cultural and environmental contexts uses concepts in physical geography, geomorphology and biodiversity to understand changes in the structure of communities and their arrangement on the landscape through time. Modern case studies are included with prehistoric examples drawn from Native America, the Near East and the historic-period United States.  Students will be introduced to Geographic Information Systems and computer modeling.