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Grace Ward
Dr. Grace Ward
Visiting Assistant Professor of Archaeology|Art and Art History
Grace Ward
Office Location
Rogers-Traylor Art Building, 404
Office Hours
  • M: 10:30-12:30
  • Th: 12-2:30
Grace Ward is an environmental archaeologist interested in how societies and ecological systems change together through time. She specializes in the Native American history of the South, using plant remains from archaeological sites to study how people related to each other and the non-human world through co-operative practices like mound-building, landscape modification, and agroforestry.

At Berea, Ward teaches courses in archaeology and cultural anthropology. Her upper level classes emphasize the connection between land use and political systems, drawing on case studies from the past to help students interpret (and perhaps change) the social and ecological relationships they encounter in their daily lives.
  • PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, 2023
  • MA, Washington University in St. Louis, 2018
  • BA, Bryn Mawr College, 2014
Publications & Works
  • Grooms, Seth B., Grace M. V. Ward, and Tristram R. Kidder
    2023 Convergence at Poverty Point: A Revised Chronology of the Late Archaic Lower Mississippi Valley, USA. Antiquity (in press).

    Ward, Grace M. V., Seth B. Grooms, Andrew G. Schroll, and Tristram R. Kidder
    2022 The View from Jaketown: Considering Variation in the Poverty Point Culture of the Lower Mississippi Valley. American Antiquity 87(4):758-775.

    2021 Review of Food Production in Native North America by Kristen J. Gremillion. American
    Antiquity 86(4):877-878.

    2016 Review of Ethnobotany of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians by Patricia
    Whereat Phillips. Economic Botany 70(4):442-443.