• B.S. Archaeology and Chemistry Beloit College, 1995; M.A. and Ph.D. Harvard University 2001; employed at UNCW as a Lecturer in 2001 and hired as an Assistant Professor in 2003. Promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure in spring of 2008.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2020-01-01 Molecular evidence of changing foodways across the Mississippian transition at the George Reeves Site (11S650)Southeastern Archaeology.  39:71–88. 2020-01-01
    2019-02-01 Lipid Residues from low-fired potteryArchaeometry.  61:131-144. 2019-02-01
    2015-02-01 Absorbed residue analysis of a Mississippi Plain jar from Angel Mounds (12Vg1): lipid distribution revisitedAdvances in Archaeological Practice.  3:29-49. 2015-02-01
    2013-01-01 Sun Circles and Science: Negative Painted Pottery from the Angel Site (12Vg1)Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology.  38:219-244. 2013-01-01
    2008-12-01 Pine resins and pottery sealing: analysis of absorbed and visible pottery residues from central New York StateArchaeometry.  50:999-1017. 2008-12-01
    2008-10-01 Taking variation seriously: testing the steatite mast-processing hypothesis with microbotanical data from teh Hunter's Home Site, New YorkAmerican Antiquity.  73:729-741. 2008-10-01
    2008-01-01 Visible clues: The analysis of visible pottery residues from New York state with Gas chromatography/mass spectrometryNew York State Museum Bulletin.  512. 2008-01-01
    2006-01-01 Ancient Vegetarians? Absorbed pottery residue analysis of diet in the Late Woodland and Emergent Mississippian periods of the Mississippi ValleySoutheastern Archaeology.  25:111-120. 2006-01-01
    2004-01-01 Direct detection of maize processing in archaeological pottery through compound-specific stable isotope analysis of n-dotriacontanol in absorbed organic residuesAntiquity.  78:682-691. 2004-01-01
    2004-01-01 How did Mississippians prepare maize? The application of compound specific carbon isotopic measurements to absorbed pottery residues from several Mississippi Valley sitesArchaeometry.  46:19-33. 2004-01-01
    2004-01-01 Identification of maize in absorbed organic residues: a cautionary taleJournal of Archaeological Science.  31:399-410. 2004-01-01
    1998-01-01 Summary Report on 1995 Excavations at the Barton Site (23SL69), St. Louis County, MissouriMissouri Archaeologist.  59:99-124. 1998-01-01
    The Persistence of Caffeine in Experimentally Produced Black Drink ResiduesJournal of Archaeological Science.  39:2312-2319.


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    2022-08-01 An Archaeologist's Guide to Organic Residues in Pottery.  University of Alabama Press. 2022-08-01


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    2020-01-01 Taking a virtual archaeological site tour: A class visit to the Baths of Caracalla -- Makerspaces for Adults: Best Practices and Great Projects.  Rowman & Littlefield. 2020-01-01
    2018-02-01 Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS): Applications in Archaeology -- Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology.  Springer. 2018-02-01
    2015-01-01 ABSORBED RESIDUE ANALYSIS OF POTTERY SHERDS FROM THE GRAVELINE SITE.  Mississippi Dept of Archives and History Archaeological Report Series. 55-66. 2015-01-01
    2007-01-01 Analysis of botanical remains: organic residue analysis.  . 2007-01-01
    2007-01-01 The well-tempered pottery analysis: residue and typological analysis of potsherds from the Lower Mississippi Valley.  BAR International Series. 148-160. 2007-01-01
    2006-01-01 A Hard Row to Hoe: Changing Maize Use in the American Bottom and Surrounding Areas.  . 235-248. 2006-01-01
    Applications of Gas Chromatography (GC-MS).  Elsevier Press.

    Conference Poster

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    Understanding the functionalities of the perforated vessels in the Harappan culture with particular reference to the excavated settlements of Karanpura, Rajasthan, and Ropar, PunjabInternational colloquium on the Emerging Perspectives of the Harappan Civilization.


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    2012-07-01 Absorbed Residue Analysis of 21 Sherds from the El Chorro de Maita site, Holguin, CubaUNCW Anthropological Papers. 2012-07-01


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    2024-01-01 Absorbed Residue Analysis of Three Ceramic Sherds from Woodruff Cave, 6LF126UNCW Anthropological Papers. 21. 2024-01-01
    2023-12-01 Analysis of 10 Experimental Sherds made with Cherokee Black Beans, and Three Soil Samples, With Suggestions for the Identification of Beans in the Analysis of Archaeological ResiduesUNCW Anthropological Papers. 2023-12-01
    2023-09-01 Preliminary Report on the 2022 UNCW Summer Excavations at Orton Plantation (31BW787**14)UNCW Anthropological Papers. 41. 2023-09-01
    2022-08-01 Report on the 2021 UNCW Archaeological Field School excavations at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic site (31BW376) area N24: A Colonial SurpriseUNCW Anthropological Papers. 87. 2022-08-01
    2022-01-01 Analysis of Twelve Absorbed Residues from 15MD475 and 15MD476UNCW Residue Lab, 41. 2022-01-01
    2021-01-01 Analysis of 12 Absorbed Residues from the Stallings Island CultureUNCW Residue lab, 40. 2021-01-01
    2021-01-01 Analysis of Residues Eight Sherds from 9TO302, Project 5661BUNCW Residue Lab, 38. 2021-01-01
    2021-01-01 Analysis of Six Absorbed Residues from 22TL1453UNCW Residue Lab, 39. 2021-01-01
    2020-01-01 Analysis of Forty Absorbed Residues from Kaminaljuyu, GuatemalaPapers of the UNCW Residue Lab, 34. 2020-01-01
    2019-07-01 Analysis of Fifteen Absorbed Residues Submitted from 12D29UNCW Anthropological Papers. 44. 2019-07-01
    2019-07-01 Analysis of Ten Absorbed Residues Submitted from Sites 38AK155 and 38AK757UNCW Anthropological Papers. 41. 2019-07-01
    2019-05-01 Analysis of three sherds and one soil sample from the South Bank siteUNCW Anthropology. 4. 2019-05-01
    2019-01-01 Residue Analysis on 3 potsherds and 1 soil sample from the South Bank sitePapers of the UNCW Residue Lab, 31. 2019-01-01
    2018-08-01 41 Analysis of Ten absorbed Residues from Pile Mound, 40Fn180UNCW Anthropological Papers. 24. 2018-08-01
    2018-05-01 40 Analysis of Four Absorbed Residues from Site #31GF466UNCW Anthropological Papers. 16. 2018-05-01
    2018-01-01 39 Analysis of Nine Absorbed Residues from the 31CE802 Data RecoveryUNCW Anthropological Papers. 23. 2018-01-01
    2017-05-01 38 Report on an Archaeological Investigation into the Remains of Buchoi Plantation, Brunswick River Park, Belville, NCUNCW Anthropological Papers. 49. 2017-05-01
    2017-01-01 Analysis of Six Possible Visible Residues from Historic artifacts at the Dover Bridge Dr site 18TA315Papers of the UNCW Residue Lab 25. 2017-01-01
    2017-01-01 Analysis of Ten Absorbed Residues from Hiwassee Island PotteryPapers of the UNCW Residue Lab 26. 2017-01-01
    2016-01-01 31 Residue Analysis of Three Visible Residues from Late Prehistoric Pottery in Northwestern North CarolinaUNCW Anthropological Papers. 15. 2016-01-01
    2016-01-01 Analysis of 17 Sherds from the Louisiana Gulf Coast: The Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Subsequent Clean-up On Absorbed Pottery Residue AnalysisUNCW Anthropological Papers vol. 33. 2016-01-01
    2016-01-01 Nondestructive Residue Analysis of a Shell Cup from the Corbin-Tucker SiteUNCW Anthropological Papers vol. 32. 2016-01-01
    2015-01-01 Archaeological Report on the Excavation of Human Remains from the 320 Chestnut areaUNCW Anthropological Papers vol. 30. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 Residue Analysis of Three Visible Residues from Late Prehistoric Pottery in Northwestern North CarolinaUNCW Anthropological Papers vol. 31. 2015-01-01
    2014-10-01 28 Residue Analysis of Residues from Deer Run, Lover’s Leap, and Quenneville-Offlimits #1 SitesUNCW Anthropological Papers. 2014-10-01
    2014-08-01 Absorbed residue analysis of 11 pottery samples with matching soil analyses from 38DR83, the Lord Ashley site.UNCW Anthropological Papers. 2014-08-01
    2013-08-01 Residue Analysis of Ten Soil Samples from 38AK46, an Archaic site in a Carolina BayPapers of the UNCW Residue Lab. 31. 2013-08-01
    2013-01-01 Reber, Eleanora A. Residue analysis of 7 samples from the Audrey N site, IllinoisUNCW Anthropological Papers 23. 2013-01-01
    2012-02-01 Gas Chromatographic-Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Extracts from AR2 and a Lanolin StandardUNCW Anthropological Papers. 15. 2012-02-01
    2012-01-01 Absorbed Residue Analysis of 22 Weeden Island Plain and Wakulla Check Stamped Sherds from 8GD106UNCW Anthropological Papers. 34. 2012-01-01
    2011-10-01 Absorbed Residue Analysis of 11 sherds and 1 soil sample from the Graveline Mound site, MississippiPapers of the UNCW Residue Lab. 35. 2011-10-01
    2010-05-01 Absorbed and Visible Lipid Residue Analysis of 6 sherds from the El Chorro de Maíta site, Holguín, CubaUNCW Anthropological Papers. 31. 2010-05-01
    2009-12-01 Testing Variation: Visible Residue Analysis from Seven Northeastern PotsUNCW Anthropological Papers. 23. 2009-12-01
    2009-02-01 Colonoware Residues from the Dean Hall SiteUniversity of North Carolina at Wilmington. 25. 2009-02-01
    2008-08-01 Fishing for Residues: Absorbed Pottery Residue Analysis of Thirty-Seven Sherds from North CarolinaUniversity of North Carolina at Wilmington Anthropology Department. 40. 2008-08-01
    12 Absorbed residues from a Chronological Series of Pottery from South CarolinaUNCW Anthropology Department. 26.
    42 Analysis of Twenty-Five Absorbed Residues Submitted by the Kansas University Natural History Museum.Papers of the UNCW Residue Lab. 72.
    Analysis of Absorbed Residues from Two Fragments of a Ceramic Vessel from 31Mg356Papers of the UNCW Residue Lab 37.
    Analysis of Nine Absorbed Residues Submitted from 31CD967Papers of the UNCW Residue Lab 35.
    Analysis of Seven Absorbed Residues Submitted from 31CD968Papers of the UNCW Residue Lab 36.


    Research Overview

  • Absorbed pottery residue analysis, particularly in the North American Southeast, American Bottom archaeology, the Mississippian emergence, plant use in the southeast and midwest of North America, agriculture and plant domestication, archaeobotany, mass spectrometry, stable isotopes, and metals analysis
  • Investigator On

  • Doctoral Dissertation Research: Hunter-Gatherer Cuisine in the American Southeast: Tracing Foodways in the Organic Residues of Stallings Period Pottery of the Middle Savannah River Valley, Georgia and South Carolina 2023-03-01 - 2025-03-01
  • Mississippian Salt Pan Analysis 2023-01-01 - 2025-01-01
  • Analysis of Pottery Residues from the Jones site 2023-03-01 - 2024-03-01
  • An Experimental Archaeology Project to Identify the Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) through Absorbed Residue in Pottery 2023-02-01 - 2024-02-01
  • Analysis of Two Late Woodland potsherds from North Carolina 2020-01-01 - 2021-01-01
  • Analysis of 9 sherds from 31CD967 2020-02-01 - 2020-06-01
  • Pottery Analysis on 40 sherds from the site of Kaminaljuyu, Guatemala 2019-05-01 - 2020-06-01
  • Residue Analysis of 10 sherds from Early/Middle Woodland sites in South Carolina 2019-01-01 - 2019-12-01
  • Residue Analysis on 15 sherds from a Mississippian site in Ohio 2019-02-01 - 2019-08-01
  • Residue analysis on 3 potsherds and 1 soil sample from the South Bank site 2019-01-01 - 2019-08-01
  • Residue analysis on 25 sherds from Hopewellian sites in Kansas 2017-12-01 - 2018-12-01
  • Residue Analysis from Pile Mound 2017-08-01 - 2018-08-01
  • Residue Analysis for New South Associates 2018-03-01 - 2018-05-01
  • MRI: Acquisition of a gas chromatograph and isotope ratio mass spectrometer interface for compound-specific isotope analyses at the University of North Carolina Wilmington 2015-03-01 - 2017-06-01
  • Hiwassee Island Pottery Residues 2016-10-01 - 2017-04-01
  • Visible Residue Analysis at the Dover Bridge site 2016-12-01 - 2017-03-01
  • Analysis of Visible residues from a shell cup 2015-04-01 - 2016-08-01
  • Assessment of the Effects of an Oil Spill on Coastal Archaeological Sites 2015-05-01 - 2016-06-01
  • Visible Residues from a late prehistoric ceramic vessel from northwestern North Carolina 2015-04-01 - 2016-04-01
  • Visible Residue Analysis at the Levanna site 2014-05-01 - 2015-05-01
  • Pottery Residues from the Deer Run Site 2013-10-01 - 2014-10-01
  • Pottery Residues and Soil from 38DR83A 2013-08-01 - 2014-08-01
  • Soil lipid analysis from 38AK469 2012-07-01 - 2013-07-01
  • Residue Analysis of Visible Residues from 'Bronze Age Bathtubs' 2012-03-01 - 2013-03-01
  • Residue Analysis of Sherds from the Audrey site, Illinois 2012-02-01 - 2013-02-01
  • Residue Analysis of 31 Samples from the El Chorro de Maita site, Holguin, Cuba 2010-10-01 - 2012-12-01
  • Residue Analysis of Ten Sherds from 8SU377 2011-11-01 - 2012-02-01
  • Analysis of 22 sherds from 8GD106, a Weeden Island site in Florida 2011-08-01 - 2011-12-01
  • Analysis of 11 sherds and 1 soil sample from the Graveline Mound site, Mississippi 2011-03-01 - 2011-09-01
  • Absorbed Residue Analysis of 22 Pottery Sherds from PO-29, Ponce, Puerto Rico 2010-03-01 - 2010-10-01
  • Residue analysis of visible residue from an Early Middle Woodland pot from Montreal, Quebec 2010-02-01 - 2010-07-01
  • Absorbed and Visible Lipid Residue Analysis of 6 sherds from the El Chorro de Maíta site, Holguín, Cuba 2009-11-01 - 2010-05-01
  • Preliminary Study of Absorbed Residues from Angel Mounds 2009-10-01 - 2010-03-01
  • Testing Variation: Visible Residue Analysis from Seven Northeastern Pots 2009-07-01 - 2009-12-01
  • Teaching Overview

  • Anthropology, North American Archaeology, Southeastern Archaeology, Mississippian Archaeology, Old World Archaeology, Archaeological Sciences, Experimental Archaeology
  • Full Name

  • Eleanora A Reber