Hayden Bassett

Dr. Hayden Bassett, Assistant Curator of Paleontology

Dr. Hayden Bassett, Assistant Curator of Paleontology

When I was a kid, my father took me to the floodplains of our local river. We would walk along, and see countless pieces of pottery, projectile points, and stone tools once belonging to the Virginia Indians of this region. Seeing this material was fascinating, but what was even more interesting was the process of “figuring it out.” Comparing the objects I was seeing with similar items published in scientific reports left an impression on me. Suddenly, the objects were no longer curiosities, but the types, quantities, their arrangement, and their location revealed something about past people. This love of history and fascination with using objects to “figure something out” ultimately led me to pursue a career archaeology.

- Dr. Hayden Bassett on what inspired him to pursue a career in science

Contact

Dr. Hayden Bassett
Assistant Curator of Archaeology
hayden.bassett@vmnh.virginia.gov

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Curator of Archaeology, Virginia Museum of Natural History
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Anthropology, William & Mary

Education

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, William & Mary, 2017
  • M.A. Anthropology, William & Mary, 2013
  • B.A. Archaeology, University of Virginia, 2012

Professional Experience

  • Archaeologist, U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy (NAVFAC LANT)
  • Associate Curator of Archaeology, Jamestown Rediscovery, Jamestown, VA
  • Assistant Curator of Archaeology, Flowerdew Hundred Collection, University of Virginia

Research Interests

  • Archaic-Late Woodland Period of the Southern Piedmont of Virginia
  • Cultural Property Protection in Armed Conflict & Natural Disasters
  • Historical Archaeology of the 17th - 19th centuries, Plantation Archaeology, African Diaspora
  • Landscape Archaeology, Settlement Pattern Archaeology, Mobility Studies
  • Geospatial Approaches to Archaeology, GIS, Space Syntax, Satellite Imagery Analysis

Professional Memberships

  • Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
  • Registry of Professional Archaeology (RPA)
  • Council of Virginia Archaeologists (CoVA)
  • Archaeological Society of Virginia (ASV)
  • Mid-Atlantic Archaeology Conference (MAAC)
  • Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA)
  • Cultural Heritage by Archaeology and Military Panel (CHAMP)

Representative Professional Service

  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Falmouth Heritage Renewal (501c3)
  • Reviewer, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

Select Publications

Professional Conference Papers

  • 2021 Annual Conference of the Society for American Archaeology. (forthcoming, April 2021)
  • 2021 Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology. (forthcoming, Jan. 2021)
  • 2020 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Society of Virginia. (forthcoming, Oct. 2020)
  • 2019 Annual Conference of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2018 Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, LA.
  • 2017 Annual Conference of the Society for American Archaeology. Vancouver, B.C.
  • 2016 Annual Conference of the Society for American Archaeology. Orlando, FL.
  • 2016 Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Washington, D.C.
  • 2015 Annual Conference of the Society for American Archaeology. San Francisco, CA.
  • 2015 Graduate Research Symposium, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
  • 2015 Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Seattle, WA.
  • 2014 Graduate Research Symposium, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
  • 2014 Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Quebec City, Canada.
  • 2013 Graduate Research Symposium, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
  • 2011 Jamestown Archaeological Conference, Williamsburg, VA.
  • 2011 Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Austin, TX.
  • 2010 Original Sources Symposium at the Harrison Institute. Charlottesville, VA.

Fellowships

  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (2017 – 2019)
  • Douglas Morton Fellowship, College of William & Mary (2013 – 2017)
  • Specialist Research Fellowship, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (2014 – 2015)
  • Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS) Fellowship, Monticello (2014)
  • Invited Research Fellowship, Rockefeller Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (2013 – 2014)
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