David T.  Clark, Ph.D.  Headshot


  • Anthropology
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Archaeology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Dietary Reconstruction
  • Forensic Studies
  • Stem Education
  • Biography

    Dr. Clark's profession is zooarchaeology, a career he began working on one of the oldest Native American sites in the eastern US.  His passions are community archaeology, which he pursued on Maui and now in northern Virginia, where he created the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation, and the recovery of MIA remains from World War II and the Vietnam War.  He has participated in archaeological research projects across the United States and abroad, including Papua New-Guinea and Vietnam, and is a member of the board of the Historic Preservation program at Northern Virginia Community College.

    Lately, he's been involved in an underwater archaeological investigation of a ship captained by the infamous Edward Teach (Blackbeard the Pirate) and sunk near Charleston, South Carolina in 1716.  He's also taught forensic anthropology in a CUA summer program for middle school students, historic archaeology at Northern Virginia Community College's Loudon campus, and during summer 2009 a series of field camps to introduce middle- and high-school students to archaeological artifacts in Loudon and Fairfax counties, including "Digging through the Past" at Claude Moore Park.

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    Selected Publications

    Searching for Nazi POW Camps in Loudoun County, Virginia. 2012

    Hessian Solders Diet, Technical Report, State Of Virginia, 2012

    Dietary Tidbits, Zooarchaeology, late 17thc. Benedict (18CH 821), Md, Colonial Port Town, 2013

    Late 18thc. Foodways of the Upper and Lower Sorts, Historic Gunston Hall, Virginia, 2014

    WWII Air-Crashes in Loudoun County, Va. Technical report, NVCC, 2015

    Tales of Pirate Repasts, In: “BLACKBEARD’S SUNKEN PRIZE”, 2018