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Adam R. Heinrich, PhD


PhD, Rutgers University

Office: Howard Hall

Web site: Adam  Heinrich

Spring 2018 Office Hours:

Monday 10-11 am and by appointment

Spring 2018 Courses:

AN 107 Introduction to Archaeology

AN 113 Cultures of the World

AN 398/598 Artifact Analysis

Regularly Taught Courses:

AN 107 Introduction to Archaeology

AN 113 Cultures of the World

AN 398/598 Artifact Analysis


Dr. Heinrich is an archaeologist with a wide array of research interests and experiences which allow him to bring cross-disciplinary methods and perspectives to his research and teaching. His main foci are in historical archaeology and zooarchaeology with particular interest in exploring historic adaptations to new environments and developing market systems. Dr. Heinrich also has extensive experience working with material culture including the use of GIS to identify how artifacts can reveal market connections across colonial New Jersey and the Hudson River Valley of New York. Current research also includes studies of environmental influences on livestock use in the northeast USA as well as advocating for a stronger taphonomic methodology in historical zooarchaeology.

Research Interests:

Historical and prehistoric archaeology; Historical and prehistoric zooarchaeology; Cultural and environmental variation in husbandry and meat consumption; Taphonomy; African and European diaspora and cultural contact; 17th-19th century commemoration; Osteology/Forensics, Archaeobotany (macrobotanicals); Experimental archaeology; Development of mercantile systems; Consumerism in archaeology; Material culture and social process



Book Chapters
Heinrich, Adam R. In press (2016). Zooarchaeology of Colonialism and Mercantilism: The Dutch East India Company's Meat Industry at the Cape of Good Hope. In The Oxford Handbook of Zooarchaeology. Umberto Albarella, Hannah Russ, Kim Vickers, and Sarah Viner, editors. Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press.

Heinrich, Adam R. and Carmel Schrire. 2014. Faunal Analysis and the Development of the VOC Meat Industry at the Cape. In Historical Archaeology in South Africa: Material Culture of the Dutch East India Company at the Cape. Carmel Schrire, editor, pp. 65-99. Walnut Creek, California, Left Coast Press, Inc.

Heinrich, Adam R. and Carmel Schrire. 2011. Colonial Fauna at the Cape of Good Hope: A Proxy for Colonial Impact on Indigenous People. In The Importance of Material Things, Volume 2. Julie Schablitsky and Mark Leone, editors, pp. 121-141. Society for Historical Archaeology.

Scholarly Articles:

Heinrich, Adam R. and Brock Giordano. In press (2015). Late 19th Century Foodways in the 'Garden State' at the Woodruff House, Rahway, New Jersey: Insights from Small Faunal and Large Macrobotanical Samples. Historical Archaeology 49(4).

Heinrich, Adam R. 2014. The Archaeological Signature of Stews or Grease Rendering in the Historic Period: Experimental Chopping of Long Bones and Small Fragment Sizes. Advances in Archaeological Practice 2(1): 1-12.

Heinrich, Adam R. 2014. Cherubs or Putti? Gravemarkers Demonstrating Conspicuous Consumption and the Rococo Fashion in the 18th Century. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 18: 37-64. DOI: 10.1007/s10761-013-0246-x

Heinrich, Adam R. 2012. Some Comments on the Archaeology of Slave Diet and the Importance of Taphonomy to Historical Faunal Analyses. Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 1(1): 9-40.

Heinrich, Adam R. 2011. "Remember Me…" But "Be Mindfull of Death": The Artistic, Social, and Personal Choice Expressions Observed on the Gravemarkers of Eighteenth Century Monmouth County, New Jersey. New Jersey History 126(1): 26-57.

Professional Associations:

  • Society for Historical Archaeology
  • Register of Professional Archaeologists
  • Middle Atlantic Archaeology
  • Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology
  • Archaeological Society of New Jersey