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RYAN H. COLLINS

Archaeologist + Educator

I am an archaeological anthropologist investigating the ancient world and promoting public outreach.

 
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ABOUT ME

Principal Investigator and Senior Creative Specialist at SEARCH, Inc.

I have 14+ years of experience conducting archaeological fieldwork, analyzing artifacts, and managing investigations in the US (Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Louisiana), Mexico (Yucatan, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Chiapas, Puebla, and Oaxaca), Belize, and Guatemala.  

As part of a larger public engagement initiative, I have nine years of experience leading digital media and public outreach initiatives with anthropology and archaeology. Currently, with Dr. Christopher Hernandez, I co-host the podcast series Decolonizing Discovery (2021 - Present). DD is an in-depth interview-based exploration of ethics and ownership of antiquities, with Season 1 launching in May 2022. 

With Adam Gamwell and Aneil Tripathy, I co-founded and hosted the long-running digital media project, This Anthro Life: Podcast (2013 - 2020) - a partner of the American Anthropological Association, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, EPIC, and the March for Science. You can tune in on Apple Podcasts and Spotify and follow the conversation as it continues with Adam Gamwell.

I received my Ph.D. in anthropology from Brandeis University and am currently a Research Associate with The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College. I am also a Lecturer in Art History and Design at Lesley University.

Recently I authored Selective Memory: Monumental Politics of the Yaxuná E Group in the First Millennium BC in Ancient MesoamericaEurekAlert!, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Science Magazine, Phys.org, and HeritageDaily feature my work. In addition, you can learn more about my work and public engagement with my TED Talk, Lessons on Social Difference from an Ancient Maya City