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College of Arts & Sciences
SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology


Andrew White

Research Assistant Professor
South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology
University of South Carolina

Phone Number: (803) 576-6589
Office: 1321 Pendleton Street
Division: Research Division


Andrew A. White received his B.A. in anthropology from Indiana University, his M.A. in anthropology from Southern Illinois University, and his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2012.


My research interests include hunter-gatherers, human cultural and biological evolution, complex systems theory, prehistoric families, and the mass appeal of pseudo-scientific ideas about the human past. Much of my current research centers on using a model-based approach to understanding the early hunter-gatherer societies of eastern North America and the transformation of those societies through time. I use computational modeling to integrate the study of large- and small-scale archaeological datasets, trying to understand how behaviors at the "human level" map up to those of larger societies and, ultimately, the archaeological patterns that we can observe at regional scales. I initiated and maintain the Eastern Woodlands Household Archaeology Data Project ( as well as a personal website and blog ( where I discuss my research and whatever else interests me.


Forbidden Archaeology (ANTH 291, Section 002 - new course for Fall 2016); South Carolina Archaeology (ANTH 321); Primates, People, and Prehistory (ANTH 101)