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College of Humanities & Sciences

School of World Studies

Bernard K Means, Ph.D.

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Teaching Assistant Professor

Fax - 804.828.0127

Office - Lafayette Hall, Room 302
312 N. Shafer St. 
Richmond, VA 23284

Lab - Franklin Street Gym, 227
817 W. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23284


Bernard K. Means has a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Physics from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University, Tempe. His dissertation research involved applying new theories and cutting-edge technologies to American Indian village sites from southwestern Pennsylvania, many excavated during the 1930s by New Deal archaeologists. His scholarly pursuits include reconstructing American Indian village life from cross-cultural studies of village spatial and social organizations, the research potential of archaeological collections, and the history of archaeology across the Americas, especially during the Great Depression. 

Means is the author of "Circular Villages of the Monongahela Tradition" (2007) and editor of and contributor to "Shovel Ready: Archaeology and Roosevelt’s New Deal for America" (2013), as well as numerous articles on: the Monongahela tradition; New Deal archaeology; and applications of 3-D scanning and printing to archaeology, especially public outreach. Currently, Means is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the School of World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory. In the Virtual Curation Laboratory, Means and his students are creating 3-D digital models of historical, archaeological and paleontological objects used for teaching, research, and public outreach from across the Americas as well as northern India.

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