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College of Arts & Sciences
SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology


Karen Y. Smith

Director of ARD
South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology
University of South Carolina

Phone Number: (803) 576-6581
Office: 1321 Pendleton St, 2nd Floor, Suite 8
Division: Applied Research Division


Karen Smith is a southeastern archaeologist with a background in Woodland period and plantation-era research and archaeological curation. Her interests also include the application of archaeological dating methods, the development of relational data structures and databases, and the execution of spatial sampling strategies and analysis, all of which have relevance across time and space. She worked in Monticello's Department of Archaeology, Charlottesville, Virginia for 9 years before coming to SCIAA. Karen holds a B.A. from the University of West Georgia (1996), an M.A. from the University of Alabama (1999), and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri (2009).