Edward Jolie, director of the R. L. Andrews Center for Perishables Analysis at Mercyhurst University, has been elected a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology in recognition of his professional achievement, leadership in the field and contributions to the organization.
Jolie’s academic interests and research focus primarily on the archaeology of the Americas, with particular reference to the Southwest and Great Basin culture areas, Native American-anthropologist relations and perishable technologies such as baskets, sandals and textiles. At present, he is interested in using perishable artifacts to explore questions about ancient identity systems and evidence of past social and cultural diversity.
“As complicated as the topics of identity and cultural diversity are to explore in archaeology, I think that research into ancient social and cultural diversity has the potential to help us understand and engage such phenomena today,” Jolie said. “People from diverse backgrounds have lived together in many different places at many different times in the past, so looking at such cases and seeking to identify those factors that promoted conflict or cooperation may yield valuable lessons for us today.”
In addition, Jolie has been involved in several research projects surrounding the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and, most recently, has worked with colleagues to revise the code of ethics for the Society for American Archaeology to bring it in line with the goals and needs of contemporary archaeological practice.