CCSU Anthropology

Ken Feder
(860) 832-2615

Feder obtained his B.A. in anthropology in 1973 from the State University of New York at Stonybrook. He obtained his M.A. in anthropology in 1975 from the University of Connecticut and his Ph.D. from the same institution in 1982.  He has taught in the Department of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University since 1977 where he is a full professor.

His primary research interests include the archaeology of the native peoples of New England and the analysis of public perceptions about the human past. He is the founder and director of the Farmington River Archaeological Project, a long-term investigation of the prehistory of the Farmington River Valley. He is the author and co-author of several books including: A Village of Outcasts: Historical Archaeology and Documentary Research at the Lighthouse Site (Mayfield Publishing, 2004); Human Antiquity: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (with Michael Park; now in its fifth edition; McGraw-Hill, 2007); Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology (about to appear in its eight edition; McGraw-Hill, 2013); The Past In Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory (about to appear in its sixth edition; Oxford University Press, 2014); Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology (now in its second edition; Oxford University Press, 2008); and the Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology (Greenwood, 2010). He has appeared as a talking head on numerous cable documentaries (the National Geographic Channel, the History Channel,the Discovery Channel, and others) focused on the human past. When documentary producers need a beacon of sanity in a sea of madness on the topics of the Lost Continent of Atlantis and ancient astronauts, Feder is the man. 

Courses Taught at CCSU:

ANTH 150: Introduction to Archaeology

ANTH 151: Archaeology Laboratory

ANTH 210: The Ancient World

ANTH 215: Before History

ANTH 318: New England Prehistory

ANTH 330: North American Prehistory

ANTH 329: Experimental Archaeology

ANTH 375: Anthropological Data Analysis

ANTH 450: Archaeology Field school

Feder was the co-recipient of the first CCSU Excellence in Teaching Award.