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Matthew Sanger – Local Culture

Anthropology Department, Columbia University

Matthew Sanger is an anthropologist at Columbia University in New York City. Matthew’s current excavations in the Coastal Southeast are based around the investigation of very early (more than five thousand years old) Native American village and ceremonial sites that hold clues to the emergence of new ritual and spiritual practices. Matthew has also studied and lectured on deep human history including homonin development in Africa, Paleolithic cave art in Europe, the rise of agriculture in Southwest Asia, and the emergence of empires in Egypt, the Andes, Mesoamerica, China, and Japan.

Matthew has deep interests in many aspects of the human condition that transcend traditional archaeological fieldwork. In particular, Matthew’s interests in ritual, ceremony, cosmological beliefs have led him to engage in ethnographic fieldwork with Tibetan Buddhists to Evangelical Christians.

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