August 20, 2022

McMillan Presents Research at Archaeology Conference

Lauren McMillan

Lauren McMillan

Lauren McMillan, assistant professor in the Department of Historic Preservation, presented research at the Society for Historical Archaeology conference in St. Charles, MO. McMillan presented a paper entitled “‘…near the side of an Indian field commonly known as the Pipemaker’s field:’ Reanalyzing the Nomini Plantation Midden Assemblage.” This research paper develop from a grant awarded by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. She was also a panelist in a forum focused on unique and unusual artifacts and served as a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee.

McMillan Elected to International Archaeological Committee

Lauren McMillan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Historic Preservation, was elected to serve on the Nominations and Election Committee for the Society for Historical Archaeology, the lead organization for post-medieval archaeology in the world. This is a three-year position, from 2019-2021. The Society for Historical Archaeology is an international organization and is the largest scholarly group focused on the archaeology of the modern world (A.D. 1400-present).

Lauren McMillan Presents on the Rappahannock Indigenous Cultural Landscape Project

Lauren McMillan, assistant professor in the Department of Historic Preservation, presented at the Rappahannock Native American Day on November 17th as part of the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The audience included the chief and members of the Rappahannock Tribe, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, representatives from the National Park Service, and other members of the public.

McMillan presented research resulting from the Field Methods in Archaeology course taught in the summer 2018 session, in which she and students partnered with the Rappahannock Tribe and St. Mary’s College of Maryland on the Rappahannock Indigenous Cultural Landscape Project. McMillan’s specific area of research focuses on the study of clay tobacco pipes and their decorative motifs to understand trade, interaction spheres, identity formation, and consumer choice.