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Samantha Sanft

Ph.D. Student in Anthropology


Originally from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Samantha Sanft received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.A. in Archaeology from Cornell. After her M.A., she worked in Cultural Resource Management with A.D. Marble & Company. Samantha is a Ph.D. student whose research focuses on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Archaeology and systems of exchange. She investigates the circulation of highly valued white marine shell and red copper materials in the sixteenth century Haudenosaunee homeland. By exploring the characteristics of copper and shell artifacts and their subsequent distribution, Samantha seeks to better understand the types of engagements occurring between different groups during this complex period. In her work, Samantha analyzes existing artifact collections and utilizes various archaeological science techniques including AMS dating, radiograph imaging, x-ray fluorescence spectrometry, and GIS mapping.



Archaeology, northeastern North America


  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology Program