About Claire S. Barker
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 majored in Archaeology with a minor in the Anthropology of History and Memory. Claire’s dissertation research explores 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. In archaeology, the study of social identity and cultural practice through ceramics largely has focused on decorated pottery. However, the importance of studying utility wares is often overlooked. By studying these issues through analysis of everyday objects, the detritus of commonplace domestic activity, Claire’s research demonstrates the value of the everyday for understanding the social lives of people and communities.
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)
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.
ANTH 160A: Patterns in Prehistory (TA)
Areas of Study
Laboratory Director and Survey Crew Chief for the University of Arizona Rock Art Ranch Field School
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)
Ph.D. 2017, University of Arizona (Anthropology)
M.A. 2010, George Washington University (Museum Studies)
B.A. 2008, University of Michigan (Anthropology, Classical Studies)