Alex W. Barker


Most of my fieldwork in recent years has focused on the Bronze Age tell of Pecica Santul Mare in western Romania. Pecica is a remarkable site, with the potential to help us better understand the chronology and character of social change during the Bronze Age, as well as letting us explore changing economic and political relationships as societies in the Carpathian Basin become increasingly complex. A separate website discussing the Pecica Project is currently under construction.

Dr. John O’Shea of the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology and I direct the Pecica project with the support of a series of collaborative research grants awarded by the National Science Foundation; we gratefully acknowledge this support. Our work in Romania is made possible both by our joint Romanian-American crews and particularly by our exceptionally generous partners, Dr. Florin Drasovean of the Museum of the Muzeul Banatului in Timisoara, and Dr. Peter Huegel of the Complexul Muzeum Arad.

My current research in Romania builds off three seasons spent in Hungary at the Bronze Age sites of Klarafalva Hajdova and Kiszombor Uj-elet in the late 1980s. Most of my fieldwork, however, has been in North America, including projects in Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. I’ve also done fieldwork in Greece, as well as briefer fieldwork and non-field research in other parts of the world.

Pecica Field Season
fieldwork: Pecica Crew
Pecica pottery
Other Fieldwork
mapping Coles Creek sites