Janet Rafferty - North American Archaeologist, Professor of Anthropology
Email: rafferty@anthro.msstate.edu
Phone: 662-325-7521
Fax: 662-325-8690
Address: PO Box AR, Mississippi State, MS 39762

Curriculum Vitae

B.A. in Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle 1969
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle 1974

Dr. Rafferty's career in field archaeology began in the state of Washington but her doctoral research was on the archaeology of the eastern woodlands in Kentucky. Her dissertation was a study of the development of Fort Ancient, a prehistoric agricultural tradition centered in the Ohio River Valley. She taught at the University of Washington and at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale before coming to Mississippi State University in 1977. She is currently Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at MSU, and serves as Graduate Coordinator for the department's Master of Arts Program in Applied Anthropology. Dr. Rafferty's main research interests focus on settlement pattern studies. In the late 1970s and 1980s she conducted archaeological research in the Tombigbee River Valley prior to construction of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. In 1990 and 1991 she directed work at Owl Creek Mounds, a large Mississippian Period (A.D. 1000-1500) mound group in Chickasaw County, Mississippi. During her career she has also conducted field work at numerous other sites across northeast Mississippi in Lee, Union, Pontotoc, and Oktibbeha Counties. Her main goal has been to learn more about settlement pattern change in the region's uplands and tributary valleys. Most recently she has been engaged in mitigating sites in the immediate environs of MSU and the city of Starkville, through a series of contracts with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. She is very active in state and regional archaeological societies and has served as President of the Mississippi Archaeological Association and of the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists.