People

Brent Whitford

Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University at Buffalo,  Balkan Heritage Fieldschool Field supervisor, and lecturer.

Education:

  •  Ph.D., Anthropology Graduate Program, University at Buffalo, Buffalo NY, United States (expected graduation 2023)
  • Master of Arts, Anthropology Graduate Program, Trent University, Peterborough ON, Canada (2015 – 2017). Thesis: Agriculture as Niche Construction: Eco-Cultural Niche Evolution During the Neolithic (c. 6200 – 4900 BC) of the Struma River Valley
  • Bachelor of Arts with distinction, Major in Anthropology, Vancouver Island University (VIU), Nanaimo BC, Canada (2010 – 2014)

Research Interests:

European Neolithic and Chalcolithic; geoarchaeology; niche construction; human-environment interactions; eco-cultural niche modeling; settlement patterns; geomatics applications in archaeology; excavation methodology.

 

Fieldwork:

  • Excavations of the Chalcolithic layers at Tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria (2013 – to present)
  • Excavations at the Neolithic settlement of Ilindentsi Masovets, Bulgaria (2012 – 2018)
  • Rescue Excavations of the Late Neolithic settlement Damyanitsa, Bulgaria (2016 – 2017)

 

Publications:

Peer-reviewed journal articles

    2019   Characterizing the cultural evolutionary process from eco-cultural niche models: niche construction during the Neolithic of the Struma River Valley (c. 6200–4900 BC). Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 11(5): 2181-2200. doi: 10.1007/s12520-018-0667-x

   2018   The Neolithic (c. 6200 – 4900 BC) in the Struma River Valley: Characterizing change to the human ecological niche from species distribution models. Bulgarian e-journal of Archaeology. in review

 

Conference Proceedings 

Grebska-Kulow, Malgorzata, and Brent Whitford

     2016   Objects of everyday life and their ritual dimension from prehistoric settlements in the Struma Valley. In Megalithic Monuments and Cult Practices: Proceedings of the Second International Symposium, Blagoevgrad, 12-15 October 2016, Pp. 160-170. Blagoevgrad: Neofit Rilski University Press.

 

Conference Papers

     2019  Life in the foothills: a diachronic assessment of Neolithic settlement patterns in the Sandanski-Petrich Basin of Southwest Bulgaria. Beyond Paradigms: 25th annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, September 4-7. Bern, Switzerland.

    2018   The Balkan Neolithic: Ecological niche modeling and exploring the role of intermediary climate zones as stimulators of adaptation and transmission. Reflecting futures: 24th annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, September 5-8. Barcelona, Spain.

    2017  Agriculture as Niche Construction: Eco-cultural niche evolution during the Neolithic (c. 6200 – 4900 BC) of the Struma River Valley. Doctoral Student Conference on Balkan Archaeology, November 19-21. Sofia, Bulgaria.

    2014   GIS applications in archaeology: an integrated object-relational geodatabase model for the documentation of archaeological excavations. Western Division Canadian Association of Geographers, March 7-8. Victoria, Canada.

 

Archaeological Reports 

Grebska-Kulow, Malgorzata, Petar Zidarov, Ivan Vassilev, Ivan Suvandzhiev, Brent Whitford, Maria Gurova, Elena Marinova-Wolf, and Bea de Cupere

     2019   Excavations at Ilindentsi-Masovets Neolithic Site in Southwestern Bulgaria. In Archaeological Discoveries and Excavations in 2018. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences National Archaeological Institute with Museum.

     2018   Excavations at Ilindentsi-Masovets Neolithic Site in Southwestern Bulgaria. In Archaeological Discoveries and Excavations in 2017. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences National Archaeological Institute with Museum.

     2017   Excavations at Ilindentsi-Masovets Neolithic Site in Southwestern Bulgaria. In Archaeological Discoveries and Excavations in 2016, Pp. 66-68. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences National Archaeological Institute with Museum.