Dr. Lynn Rainville, Archaeologist and Historian

Lynn Rainville is an anthropological archaeologist who specializes in the study of the everyday lives of ordinary people in historic Virginian Communities (European-American, African-American, and Native American) and ancient Assyrian cities.

I study everyday life in past communities, using archaeological, ethnographic, and historical sources to produce inter-disciplinary models of social interactions. To send me an email, click here.

Broken pieces of Assyrian ceramics; faunal remains from mice and vole skeletons; lithic debris from stone tools; miniscule beads....How can micro-artifacts help us understand the relationships among households, neighborhoods, and the growth of urbanism in ancient Mesopotamian cities ? Read More...

Gravestones have long been studied as part of the American mortuary landscape. I study historic graveyards and associated material culture in order to learn more about the lives of individuals in past communities. Read Dr. Rainville's new book on historic African American cemeteries (here) Read More...

A related research project is an interdisciplinary study of local history, using central Virginia as a case example. Read More...

Educational Outreach

Teaching American History to K-8 students ? Curious how you can use local historical and archaeological sites in the classroom ? Click below for some ideas. The examples below focus on walking tours of Albemarle and Amherst County, but the templates can be used anywhere.