Laura Masur

Department

  • Anthropology
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Historical and environmental archaeology
  • Public and community archaeology
  • Jesuit missions
  • Chesapeake and Middle Atlantic
  • Languages

  • English, Spanish, and French.
  • Dr. Masur received her Ph.D. from Boston University's Archaeology Program and Department of Anthropology in 2019, and an MA in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary in 2013. She conducts research on archaeological and museum collections from across North America, and has worked with Colonial Williamsburg, Alexandria Archaeology, the Fairfield Foundation, Historic St. Mary’s City, and the Smithsonian Institution.

    Dr. Masur’s research focuses on the archaeology of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania from 1600 to the present. Her current project, Priestly Plantations: An Archaeology of Jesuit Missions in British North America, explores the complex material world of Jesuit priests, who acted as both slave-owning planters and missionaries in the colonial and modern Middle Atlantic. The project synthesizes archaeological collections from southern Maryland and central Pennsylvania, integrated with historical and archival evidence of agriculture and labor management, to show connections between plantations and Catholic communities.

    Dr. Masur teaches Introduction to Archaeology (ANTH 108), Anthropology of Religion (ANTH 260), Historical Archaeology (ANTH 321) and Cultural Heritage of Native America (ANTH 324).

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    Selected Publications

    “Tempering our Expectations: Drinking, Smoking, and the Economy of a Western Massachusetts Farmstead-Tavern” (lead author with Aaron F. Miller), accepted at Northeast Historical Archaeology.

    "Decade Ring."Curator's Choice Artifact Series. Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. August 2019.

    “‘Taking the discipline’ at St. Inigoes Plantation: A Cilice from Priest’s Point.Curator's Choice Artifact Series. Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. January 2017.