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Geoarchaeology Faculty Profile
My geoarchaeological research is multidisciplinary in nature. I use geological principles to answer archaeological questions related to subsistence technologies, landscape utilization and site taphonomy, preservation, and predictive modeling. I am particularly interested in how fluvial systems influence site burial, erosion and preservation. Although most of my research focuses on the Paleoindian and Early Archaic period hunter-gatherers, I have experience in Native American mound construction methods, chronologies and taphonomy. I use coring methods to understand stratigraphy, sedimentation and paleoenvironments in a non-invasive fashion.
Another interest I have is prehistoric lithic technology and identification. Over the past few years, I have maintained a lithic raw material comparative collection at the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University. I also studied for one year at the University of Cologne, Germany where I had the opportunity to have hands-on experience with Old World lithics. I am a flintknapper with an interest in experimental archaeology.
I have been involved in archaeological projects in Germany, Wyoming, Montana, Ohio, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Indiana. As a former brewmaster, I am also interested in the role of fermented beverages and food preservation in prehistory.
Herrmann, E.W. 2015. Prehistoric Food Preservation. In The Archaeology of Food, eds. Mary Beaudry, Karen Metheny, AltaMira/Rowman and Littlefield, publishers.
Herrmann, E.W., Monaghan, G.W., Romain, W.F., Schilling, T.M., Burks, J., Leone, K.L., Purtill, M.P. and Tonetti, A.C. 2014. A New Multistage Construction Chronology for the Great Serpent Mound, USA. Journal of Archaeological Science 50:117-125. DOI
Herrmann, E.W. 2013. Pre-Mississippian Projectile Points in Mississippian Context at Angel Mounds. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 38(2):189-204.
Herrmann, E.W. 2013. Dissertation Geoarchaeology of Paleoindian and Early Archaic Site Distributions in the White River Valley, Indiana.