John W. Cottier

John Cottier Associate Professor Anthropology
2120 Haley Center
(334) 844-2835

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Associate Professor John Cottier has been active in archaeological research in Alabama for over 20 years. During this time, he has received over two million dollars in research funds (including several grants from the National Science Foundation), has led several archaeological research projects for students, and has performed service to State, Federal, and local governments for cultural resource analysis.

Several Anthropology students who have worked closely with him on archaeological projects have excelled in Ph.D. programs at the University of California-Berkeley, University of Illinois, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, among others.

Recent research projects include the testing of an antebellum slave cabin complex near Opelika and excavations of sections of a Mississippian Period (1200 AD) fortification system in Macon County. Additionally, excavations of Fort Mitchell in Russell County, Alabama have continued for the last two years. This fort represents a significant frontier post in the old south, and was occupied by militiary troops from 1813 till 1840.

Undergraduate and graduate students have assisted in all of these investigations and their contributions have been highlighted in local and state newspapers. Overall, archaeology at Auburn has provided residents of Alabama with a deeper understanding of the cultural history of the state.

Last Updated: August 30, 2012