Mary Theresa Bonhage-Freund, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Joined Alma College Faculty in 1999
Office Hours: MW:4-5; T 1:15-3:15; TH 9-10
- Ph.D. (anthropology), 1997, The Pennsylvania State University
- M.A. (anthropology), 1990, The Pennsylvania State University
- M.B.A., 1983, University of Connecticut
- M.A.T. (social sciences), 1974, Duke University
- B.A. (anthropology - with distinction), 1973, The University of Pennsylvania
Paleoethnobotany especially Mississippian and other late prehistoric through early historic native American cultures; Ethnobotany; Human ecology
Recent Courses Taught
- Research Seminar. SOA 498.
- Food, Culture and Identity. FYS 101.03.
- Ethnobotany: Plants and People.
Directed Student Presentations and Achievements
- Culture, Tradition and the Persistence of Prostitution in Thailand
- Earhart Emerging Scholar
- Staying Traditional: A Look at Quechua Farm Life in The Sacred Valley
- An Analysis of Artifacts from Holly Township Park Heritage Farmstead, Michigan
- A Soldiers Perspective on Iraqui Culture
- The Use of Anthropology by the American Government in World War II
Selected Book Publications
- Thomas J. Pluckhahn and Mary Theresa Bonhage-Freund. Archaeological Investigations in Spiro's Hinterlands: Testing of the Lee Creek Ceremonial Site (34SQ12), Sequoyah County, Oklahoma.. Oklahoma Anthropological Society. Memoir 14 ed. 2010.
- Thomas Foster , Ph.D. (senior author) , with Mary Theresa Bonhage-Freund, Ph.D., Lisa D. O'Steen. Archaeology of the Lower Creek Indians, 1715-1830. University of Alabama Press. January 1, 2007.
- with H. Thomas Foster. "A Paleoethnobotany of Muskogee Creek Indian Agricultural and Garden Systems in Southeastern North America." The Archaeology of Crop Fields and Gardens. pp. 42-53 January 1, 2007.
- with Thomas J. Pluckhahn, J. Matthew Compton. "Archaeological Correlates of Small-Scale Feasting: Insights From An Unusual Assemblage From the Woodland Period Site of Kolomoki (9ER1) in Georgia." The Journal of Field Archaeology. 31:263-284. December 2006.
- with L.E. Raymer. "Archaeobotanical Analysis, in Archaeological Excavations in Brasstown Valley.." Early Georgia. 2000, 28(2):74-91
- "An Experimental Approach to the Analysis of Two Maize Cob-Filled Pits." Early Georgia. 2005, 33 (2): 131-141 2005 Fall.
- with Kari-Jo Johnson and Aimmi Knarr. "Assimilation or Adaptation? Late Historic Chippewa Subsistence Strategies in Central Lower Michigan.." Michigan Archaeologist. 2002, 48 (1,2): 117-148
- with J.A. Kurland.. "Tit-for-Tat Among the Iroquois: A Game Theoretical Perspective On Inter-Tribal Political Organization." Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. 1994, 13: 278-305. 1994.
- Review of The Only One Living to Tell. The Autobiography of a Yavapai Indian, by Mike Burns. The Journal of Ethnobiology. 66(4): 413. 2012 12 31.
- Review of Bush Medicine of the Bahamas. A Cross-cultural, by Jeffrey H. McCormack, Kathleen Maier, and. Economic Botany. 2012, 66 (2):214-215; on-line Book Review pp 1-2. June 1, 2012.
- Review of Food, Fire and Fragrance: A Paleoethnobotanical Perspective on Classic Maya Cave Rituals, by Christopher Morehart. Economic Botany. 66(1): 104-105. 2012.
- Review of Origins of Agriculture in Western Central Asia. An Environmental Archaeological Study, by David R. Harris. Economic Botany. 2011, 65 (3): 336 2011.
- Review of Paleonutrition, by Mark Q. Sutton, Kristin D. Sobolik, & Jill K. Gardner. Economic Botany. 65 (1) in press 2011.
- Review of Global Maya. Work and Ideology in Rural Guatemala, by Liliana Goldín. Economic Botany. 2010 64(3) 2010 09 01.
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Selected Chapter Book Publications
- "Macroplant Analysis." In Archaeological Excavations at the Lindsey Site, Morgan County, Georgia, edited by James W. Hatch, Mark Williams, Dorothy Humpf, and AdamKing, 118-145. Savannah, Georgia: Lamar Institute, 2013.
- "Middle Woodland Gardening in the Etowah River Valley, Northwest Georgia: The Hardin Bridge Site (9BR34)." In Early Georgia, edited by R. Jeanine Windham, V39 (2): 119-136.. Athens, Georgia: Society for Georgia Archaeology, 2011.
- with Leslie E. Branch-Raymer.  "Cultivation of Eastern Tradition Crops in the Protohistoric and Early Historic Southeast." Southeastern Archaeological Conference. Tampa, FL. November 8.
- with Leslie E. Branch-Raymer.  "Back to the Future: Ancient Crops in Historic Gardens." Society for Economic Botany. Plymouth, England. July 2, 2013.
- with Leslie Branch-Raymer and Scot J. Keith.  "From Indiana to Georgia: Evidence of Significant Pre-Maize Gardening in the Lower Southeast." Society for American Archaeology. Memphis, TN. 29 April 2012.
- with Anne Ritz.  "Service Learning in Anthropology: An Introduction." Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters. Alma, MI. 2 March 2012.
- with Leslie E. Branch Raymer and Brad Botwick.  "Late Woodland Maygrass Utilization in the Atlantic Coastal Plain: New Evidence from Beaufort County, South Carolina." The Society for Ethnobiology. Columbus, Ohio. 5 May 2011.
- with Peggy Thelen.  "The Search for the Meaning of "The Search for Meaning in the Liberal Arts"." Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters. Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, MI. 11 March 2011.
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Awards, Honors, Recognitions
- Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society
- Publication Support Grant
- Faculty Small Grant
- Michigan Campus Compact Faculty Community Service-Learning Award
- 2010 Faculty Barlow Award
- Service Learning Course Development Grant
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- Sigma Xi, The Science Research Society
- Southeastern Archaelogical Conference - life member
- Society for Historical Archaeology
- Society for Georgia Archaeology
- Society of Ethnobiology
- Society for Economic Botany
- Society for American Archaeology
- Register of Professional Archaeologists
- Michigan Archaeological Society
- Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters
- American Anthropological Association
Service to the College
- Anthropology Club, Faculty Advisor
- Academic Standards Committee
- Service Learning Task Force
- Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
- Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Coordinator
- Human Research Subjects Committee
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Service to the Community
- Guest Presenter, The Philadelphia Geographical Society
- Photographer, The Geographical Society of Philadelphia
- Lector, Saint Mary Parish, Alma, MI.
- Archaeology Badge Counselor
- Troop Committee, Boy Scout Troop 610
- Forest Hill Nature Area Advisory Council
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Service to the Profession
- Peer Reviewer, Michigan Academy of Arts, Science, and Letters
- Crabtree Award Selection Committee member, The Society for American Archaeology
- Klinger Book Award Committee Member, Society for Economic Botany
- Associate Editor, Michigan Academician
- Executive Committee Member-At-Large, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters
- Referee, Journal of Field Archaeology
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