Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Alabama
Areas of Focus:
Pre-industrial food-producing and agricultural groups in North America
Casey Barrier is an anthropological archaeologist. His research is broadly concerned with the development and histories of complex societies through time, with a focus on the political-economic organization of pre-industrial food-producing and agricultural groups.
Barrier’s work in Eastern North America (specifically the U.S. Southeast and Midwest) examines the relations between changing food procurement systems, sedentarism and mobility, demography, kinship and social organization, and surplus-producing political economies amongst late pre-Columbian period Woodland and Mississippian societies.
Barrier’s active fieldwork in the American Bottom region of west-central Illinois and in western Tennessee combines site-specific excavations, regional-landscape surveys, archaeological geophysics, and GIS and artifact analyses.
Besides introductory and general courses on archaeology, he also teaches courses on archaeological method and theory, North American archaeology, pre-industrial complex societies, and the development and spread of agriculture.