Heidi M. Luchsinger

(PhD, Texas A&M University, 2006)
Office: 215 Flanagan Building
Telephone: (252) 328-9445

About Me

Dr. Luchsinger is an archaeologist who specialized in geoarchaeology. Her research focuses on the prehistoric archaeology of northern Patagonia and the Pampas of Argentina and how paleoenvironmental change had an impact on the prehistoric inhabitants of this region. She recontructs the geological context of the archaeological record in order to determine how this context affects our understanding of past human behavior (e.g., are sites absent because an area was abandoned or are sites deeply buried and simply difficult to locate.) In addition to the numerous grants, fellowships, and scholarships she has received including a Fulbright fellowship and grants from the National Science Foundation and Geological Society of America, she was the 2006 Winner of the Society for American Archaeology's Douglas C Kellogg Award for her research in Northern Patagonia. Currently Dr. Luchsinger continues to work on publication of her research in Argentina including a new Middle Holocene site in the Pampas. Dr. Luchsinger is also the Faculty Advisor for the Anthropology Student Organization (ASO).

At East Carolina University, Dr. Luchsinger teaches:

  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Global Understanding
  • Understanding Human Culture: Our Ticket for Survival in an Era of Globalization and Climate Change (Seminar for the Honors College, Spring 2011)
  • Around the World in 15 Weeks: An Investigation of Cultural Similarities Through Global Conversations with College Students in Africa, Asia, and Latin America (Seminar for the Honors College, Spring 2012)
  • Archaeology Around the World
  • Latin American Archaeology

Recent Publications

Prates, L., Luchsinger, H. M., Scabuzzo, C., & Mansegosa, D. (2011). Investigaciones Arqueologicas en el Sitio La Victoria 5 (Departamento de Pichi Mahuida, Rio Negro). Intersecciones en Antropologia, 12, 109-120.

Gutierrez, M., Martinez, G., Luchsinger, H. M. , Grill, S., Zucol, A., Gabriela S. Hassan, M. Paula Barros, Cristian A. Kaufmann, María C. Álvarez, (2010). Paleoenvironments in the Paso Otero locality during Late Pleistocene Holocene (Pampean region, Argentina): An interdisciplinary approach. Quaternary International.

Waters, M. R., Pevny, C. D. , Carlson, D. L. , Dickens, W. A. , Smallwood, A. M. , S. A. Minchak, E. Bartelink, J. M. Wiersema, J. E. Wiederhold, H. M. Luchsinger, D. A. Alexander, and T. A. Jennings, (2009). A Clovis Workshop in Central Texas: Archaeological Investigations of Excavation Area 8 at the Gault Site.

Luchsinger, H. M. & Prates, L. (2009). "Evolución del paisaje en el valle medio del río Negro e el impacto potencial en la preservación del registro arqueológico y patrones de ocupación: interpretaciones arqueológicas y geoarqueológicos preliminares (Landscape Change in the Middle Río Negro Val", In Press, In Politis, Gustavo (Ed.) Diez años de Arqueología Pampeana. Olavarria, Argentina: INCUAPA.

Luchsinger, H. M. (2008). Geoarchaeology. In Pearsall, Deborah M. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Archaeology, (pp. 1409-1414). New York: Academic Press.

Luchsinger, H. M. & Prates, L. (2007). Geological Context of the Archaeological Record from the Late Pleistocene through Holocene in the Middle Río Negro Valley, Argentina. Current Research in the Pleistocene, 24, 62-64.

Department News

 Dr, Bailey's article, "A New Online Strategy in Teaching Racial and Ethnic Health and Health Disparities to Public Health Professionals" was accepted by the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. It will appear in the 2016 issue of the Journal.

Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands: Results of the Negev Emergency Survey 1978-89  by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and co-author M. Haimon was published December 2014 by British Archaeological Reports. See here for more.


Haley Drabek translated the Tyrrell Water Management Study finalized in 2014 into 9 separate brochures, one for each proposed water management district. She spent six weeks visiting property owners in each district to explain the benefits of participating in the localized water management district and asking for signatures of intent to join.

Anna Claire researched existing oral history booklets at the Tyrrell Visitor Center and then interviewed elderly Tyrrell County residents who grew up in the county. She taped these interviews for safe keeping at the Visitor Center and is currently writing narrative reports of the collected information, one for each conversation partner. These reports will be bound and held at the Tyrrell County Visitor Center for interested readers. Anna Claire has also been involved with a group of children in the county with a diverse ethnic background. Under Anna Claire's direction the children are currently writing a newsletter that will report on the children's experiences of growing up in Tyrrell County, exploring their favorite places, activities, and hopes for their future.  

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East Carolina ranks number one for the second consecutive year as the provider of graduate degrees for the Register of Professional Archaeologists registrants! Read more here

 Dr. Holly Mathews and Dr. Laura Mazow were recognized for their outstanding teaching methods by students during the Spring 2015 semester from the College STAR.

Student response for Dr. Mathews:

"She gives feedback and forces her students to expand their mind and explore alternate theories or explanations. She wants her students to discuss topics in class instead of just listening to her talk the entire time."

Student response for Dr. Mazow:

"We have a small class which allows many opportunities for a lot of class discussion...She always provides feedback and answers to our journal entries and is always available when we need help." 

Congratulations to them both!

This summer two undergraduate anthropology students at East Carolina University, Tyler Beasley and Anna Lawrence, worked as interns for the Hyde County Office of Planning and Economic Development through the State Employees' Credit Union Foundation public service internship program. Both interns worked on research projects aimed at improving economic development by better understanding the needs of the local business community.


Marina Clough, also an undergraduate anthropology student at East Carolina University, completed an internship at Wanchese Industrial Park and provided an overview of webpages and print media that write or advertise about sailing related events, helped plan the Regatta of Sail NC and conducted 40 interviews with participants.

Dr. Charles Ewen interviewed for the New York Times. Is it the Roanoke Island Colony? Read more to find out!