Professor of Anthropology
Claudia Chang has taught at Sweet Briar College since 1981. She received her master's and doctorate in anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Her specialties include ethnoarchaeology, archaeology, Central Asia and the Mediterranean.
Chang is the director of an international field research project on the archaeology of the Iron Age in the Republic of Kazakhstan. She has been a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in 1994-1995 at the Kazakh State University in the Republic of Kazakhstan and in 2006 at Banasthali Vidyapith University in Rajasthan, India. In 2015-16 Chang is a visiting scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University.
In 1994, she edited, with Harold A. Koster, "Pastoralists at the Periphery: Herders in a Capitalist World" (University of Arizona Press). She also has edited volumes on Kazakh prehistory and archaeology, as well as co-edited an exhibition catalog, "Of Gold and Grass: Nomads of Kazakhstan" in 2006 (Foundation for International Arts and Education, Bethesda, Md.). Chang is the author of more than 25 articles in her field.
At Sweet Briar, she teaches courses in archaeology and cultural anthropology.
Adjunct Instructor of Archaeology
Perry A. Tourtellotte started his career in archaeology in the 1960s. While in high school, he attended his first archaeological field school, and the summer before he started college he had his first paid job as an archaeologist.
After graduating from Hartwick College with an anthropology degree with concentrations in archaeology and geology, Tourtellotte started his career working on a highway survey in Central New York and conducting an archaeological survey in the highlands of Costa Rica.
He spent several years working on historic and prehistoric archaeological projects in New York, North Carolina and Virginia.
In 1984, Tourtellotte received a master's in anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Since that time, he has worked on contract archaeology projects in central Virginia and as an archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service in the Jefferson National Forest.
Tourtellotte also has worked with his wife, Claudia Chang, on an ethnoarchaeological project in northwestern Greece, and has spent many years conducting archaeological surveys and excavations in Southern Kazakhstan. In 2008, he and Chang received medals from the Kazakh Ministry of Science and Higher Education for their contributions to science and history of Kazakhstan.