Geoarchaeology Faculty Profile

Ed Herrmann

Research Scientist.

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.

Representative Publications

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.