Claire S. Barker

About Claire S. Barker

Claire serves as the State Repatriation Coordinator and the Assistant NAGPRA Coordinator at the Arizona State Museum, where she has worked since 2010. Originally from Chicago, Claire completed her BA in Anthropology and Classical Studies at the University of Michigan in 2008, and went on to receive a MA degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University in 2010. Claire received her PhD from the University of Arizona in 2017. At the University of Arizona, Claire concentrated in Archaeology with a minor focus in the Anthropology of History and Memory. Claire’s dissertation research explored the nature of social identity in communities that have experienced migration events and how the process of aggregation affects the differential expression of social identity on public and private scales. This research interrogated the relationship between social identity, artifact style, and communities of practice in the late prehispanic U.S. Southwest.

Claire has conducted field and laboratory research on projects in Arizona, Colorado, Ireland, and Wales.

Claire's research interests include pre-contact archaeology of the American Southwest and northern Mexico (with an emphasis on northern Arizona); Hopi ethnography and history; migration and aggregation; social identity and materiality; communities of practice; ceramic analysis; ceramic production technology; management of museum collections; NAGPRA (history, implementation, cultural affiliation)

Selected Publications

Forthcoming   Fladd, Samantha G., Claire S. Barker, E. Charles Adams, Dwight C. Honyouti, and Saul L. Hedquist. To and From Hopi: Negotiating Identity through Migration, Coalescence, and Closure at the Homol'ovi Settlement Cluster. In the forthcoming Amerind Symposium volume, edited by Samuel Duwe and Robert Preucel. The University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Forthcoming   Barker, Claire S. Pottery. In Homol'ovi II, edited by Richard C. Lange. The University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

2017   Barker, Claire S. and Lisa C. Young. Networks of Ceramic Exchange: Comparing Pueblo III Homolovi Pithouse and Pueblo Communities. Kiva 83(2):183-202.

2016   Cutright-Smith, Elisabeth and Claire S. Barker. Pottery. In Chevelon: Pueblo at Blue Running Water, edited by E. Charles Adams, pp. 165-209. ASM Archaeological Series, No. 211. The University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

2015   Young, Lisa C. and Claire S. Barker. Assessing the Value of Cracked Pots: Ceramic Repair and Life History at Homol’ovi. In Explorations in Behavioral Archaeology, edited by William H. Walker and James M. Skibo, pp. 276 – 309. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

2010    Barker, Claire S. How to Select Gloves: An Overview for Collections Staff.  Conserve O Gram Number 1/12.

Courses Taught

ANTH 160A: Patterns in Prehistory (TA)

Areas of Study

U.S. Southwest

Projects

Laboratory Director and Survey Crew Chief for the University of Arizona Rock Art Ranch Field School

Research Interests

Pre-contact archaeology of the American Southwest and northern Mexico (with an emphasis on northern Arizona); Hopi ethnography and history; migration and aggregation; social identity and material culture; communities of practice; ceramic analysis; ceramic production technology; management of museum collections; NAGPRA (history, implementation, cultural affiliation)

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Contact Information

State Repatriation Coordinator, Assistant NAGPRA Coordinator (ASM)
Telephone: (520) 626-0320
Office: Room 217, Arizona State Museum
Office Hours: By appointment

Degree(s)

Ph.D. 2017, University of Arizona (Anthropology)

M.A. 2010, George Washington University (Museum Studies)

B.A. 2008, University of Michigan (Anthropology, Classical Studies)

Dissertation Title

Inconspicuous Identity: Using Corrugated Pottery to Explore Social Identity within the Homol’ovi Settlement Cluster, A.D. 1260-1400