Dr. Douglas Bolender

Douglas Bolender is a Research Assistant Professor at the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research and the Department of Anthropology at UMass Boston. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University in 2006. Before coming to UMass he held post-doctoral positions at SUNY Buffalo and the Field Museum for Natural History. From 2010-2011 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Kenyon College. Bolender’s research interests focus on the Viking Age and medieval North Atlantic, the archaeology of property, environmental archaeology, and geographic information systems and spatial analysis. His scholarly work includes the edited volume, Eventful Archaeologies: Approaches to Structural Change in the Archaeological Record, published by the State University of New York Press in 2010. He has conducted fieldwork in Iceland, Greenland, Denmark, Hungary, and Eastern North America. He is co-director of the Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey in Iceland. For his work in the North Atlantic, he has received over $500,000 in research grants, mostly from the National Science Foundation. Doug supervises geographical information systems in the Digital Archaeology Laboratory at the Fiske Center.