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Kevin Smith

Deputy Director & Chief Curator:
Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
Phone: +1 401 253 8388
Kevin_P_Smith@Brown.EDU

Archaeology, complex societies, origins of the state, political economy, archaeology of law. North Atlantic, the arctic and temperate zones of the northern hemisphere. In recent years, my research has focused on the economic structure of Icelandic Viking Age chiefdoms, the consolidation of the indigenous Icelandic state in the 13th century AD, Viking Age iron production, and the archaeology of law and legal practice.

Biography

Kevin P. Smith is an archaeologist whose research, in recent years, has focused on long-term political and economic processes leading to state formation in Viking Age and early medieval Iceland. He received his MA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, is ABD in Michigan's Anthropology Department, and has published numerous articles on his research. He came to Brown in 2002 from the Buffalo Museum of Science, where he was head of the Anthropology Division. At Brown he serves as Deputy Director and Chief Curator for the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, co-teaching courses in Museum Studies through the Department of Anthropology.

Degrees

MA Michigan

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