Mark A. Trickett, Ph.D.
Mark A. Trickett, Ph.D. joined the Monptelier Archaeology Department in 2004 and has served as archaeologist, field director, and currently as Research Archaeologist. He has also worked with Montpelier's digital interpretations, including websites and blogs, smartphone applications, and continues to work to advance Montpelier's digital presence and interpretations.
His academic background is in archaeology, forensic osteology, and isotope biogeochemistry, which were the focus of his doctoral dissertation, "A Tale of Two Cities: Diet, Health, and Migration in Post-medieval Coventry and Chelsea through Biographical Reconstruction, Osteoarchaeology, and Isotope Biogeochemistry" at the University of Durham (United Kingdom). Before joining Montpelier, Dr. Trickett worked at prehistoric and historic sites in England, Ireland, Italy, and Borneo—covering sites ranging from the earliest modern human occupation of Southeast Asia, Roman fortifications in Italy and England, early Christian settlements in Ireland, to bawdy taverns and medieval cesspits in London. His current research interests incorporate historical and conflict archaeology, forensic osteology, and the study of osteobiographies as a means of interpreting past life ways through their global implications for human-environment interactions and forensic science.
At Montpelier, Dr. Trickett directs the excavations programs and with Dr. Matthew Reeves, Director of Archaeology, works to identify, preserve, and interpret Montpelier's significant cultural resources. When time permits he also teaches at James Madison University as an adjunct Assistant Professor in Anthropology.
"Veritas non verba magistri."
—James Madison, 1828
"Truth, not the words of teachers."
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