Ed Herrmann

Edward Herrmann

Research Scientist

Office:   GY417
Phone:   812-856-0587

Non-Departmental Academic Positions

  • Research Affiliate, Indiana Geological Survey
  • Research Associate, Anthropology Department, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Research Associate, The Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, Indiana University, Bloomington

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., 2013, Indiana University
  • M.A., 2010, Indiana University
  • B.A. 1987, Cornell University

Previous Positions

  • 2013 Instructor, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 2012 Associate Instructor, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 2008-10 Prehistoric Research Fellow, Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 2008 Field School Supervisor, Angel Mounds, Evansville, Indiana

Research Interests

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.

Courses Taught

  • A211, Great Fermentations
  • Indiana University Continuing Education, "The Archaeology and Appreciation of Beer"
  • P200, Introduction to Archaeology (Associate Instructor)

Recent Research

I am currently working on a long-term project focused on deciphering the post-glacial geomorphology of Indiana’s White River Valley in order to understand how terrace and floodplain evolution has affected the visibility of late Pleistocene and early Holocene archaeological sites. The goal is to incorporate this knowledge into models that can predict where these archaeological sites might be found in buried and therefore preserved fluvial contexts. I am also working on mound construction and/or site chronologies at sites such as the Great Serpent Mound in Ohio, the Lawrenz Gun Club site in Illinois and Angel Mounds in Indiana. My fieldwork includes teaching field schools, studying prehistoric landscape use, geomorphology, lithic tools and archaeological site predictive modeling.


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