About Me

The below sections detail my expertise and experience in different areas of archaeology in academic and government positions. A full curriculum vitae is available here.

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy in Anthropology
College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia (2013)
Dissertation Title: Dooley’s Ferry: The Archaeology of a Civilian Community in Wartime
Adviser: Dr. Frederick H. Smith
Committee: Dr. Jamie Brandon, Dr. Grey Gundaker, Dr. Matthew Liebmann, Dr. Marley Brown III, and Dr. Scott Nelson

Master of Arts in Anthropology
The University of Nebraska (2004)
Thesis Title: Identifying Culturally-Based Variability in Artillery Ammunition Fragments Recovered from the Battlefield of Pea Ridge, Arkansas
Adviser: Dr. Peter Bleed
Committee: Dr. Douglas Scott and Dr. William Hunt

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
Grinnell College, Iowa (2002)
Senior Thesis Title: Hard Times in the Black Sands: The Trade Relations of the Sinagua at New Caves and Bench Pueblos, Arizona
Adviser: Dr. John Whittaker


Employment

Arkansas Archeological Survey/University of Arkansas
Magnolia, Arkansas
Research Assistant Professor and Station Archeologist
2015 – Present

Arkansas Archeological Survey – SAU Research Station
Magnolia, Arkansas
Station Assistant
2011 – 2015

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
Champaign, Illinois
Archeologist
2009 – 2013

Southern Arkansas University
Magnolia, Arkansas
Adjunct Instructor
2012 – Present (intermittently)
Courses taught: Social Science Research Methods, World Archaeology, and Geographic Information Systems

The College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia
Adjunct Instructor
Spring, 2009
Course taught: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research (WMCAR)
Williamsburg, Virginia
Intern
Spring 2008

Department of Anthropology, the College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia
Graduate Assistant
2005-2008
Courses assisted: Introduction to Archaeology, Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Archaeological Field School

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, Virginia
Archaeologist
2005

Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Graduate Assistant
2004-2005

Midwest Archeological Center, National Park Service
Lincoln, Nebraska
Archeological Technician
2002-2004

Department of Anthropology, University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
Graduate Assistant
2002-2004
Courses assisted: Introduction to Anthropology

Teaching

SCIE3003: Geographic Information Systems (Southern Arkansas University, Spring 2013)

ANTH4133: World Archaeology (Southern Arkansas University, Spring 2012)

CRJU3153: Research Methods (Southern Arkansas University, Spring 2012 and Fall 2013)

ANTH203: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (College of William & Mary, Spring 2009)

Publications

Carlson-Drexler, Carl G.
2013    Review of Bernard Means’s (ed.) Shovel Ready: Archaeology and Roosevelt’s New Deal for America (Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Press). In Field Notes: Newsletter of the Arkansas Archeological Society 373:13-14.
2011    Review of Susan Kepecs, L. Antonio Curet, and Gabino La Rosa Corzo’s (eds.) Beyond the Blockade: New Currents in Cuban Archaeology (Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Press). In Field Notes: Newsletter of the Arkansas Archeological Society 361:10-11.
2008    Review of Elizabeth Arkush and Mark Allen’s (eds.) The Archaeology of Warfare: Prehistories of Raiding and Conquest (Gainesville: University Preiss of Florida). In American Antiquity 73(2):371-372.
——      Monuments and Memory at San Juan Hill: Archaeology of the Spanish-Cuban-American War. SAA Archaeological Record 8(1):26-28.
2006  Using Spatial Analysis to Identify Battery Positions at the Site of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, Missouri. In Fields of Conflict: Battlefield Archaeology from the Roman Empire to the Korean War. D.D. Scott, L.E. Babits, and C.M. Haecker, eds. Pp. 58-74. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International.

Hilliard, Jerry, Mike Evans, Jared Pebworth, and Carl Carlson-Drexler
2008      A Confederate Encampment at Cross Hollow, Benton County, Arkansas. Arkansas Historical Quarterly 67(3).

Organized Symposia

2012 Across the Pond: New Ventures in a New World. Symposium presented at the 46th annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology in Leicester, United Kingdom [with Jenna Carlson].

2010 “Sentinel to History:” Historical Archaeology in the State of Arkansas. Symposium presented at the 67th annual meeting of the Southeast Archaeological Conference, Lexington, Kentucky [with David Markus].

2006 A Hidden Diversity, Historical Archaeology in the Ozark Uplands. Symposium presented at the 39th annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Sacramento, California [with Alicia Valentino]

2004 Anthropology on the Battlefield: Method and Theory in Military Sites Archaeology. Symposium presented at the 37th annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Louis, Missouri.

Conference Papers

2014 Excavating the King of Battle: Archaeological Approaches to the Study of Artillery Ammunition. Paper presented at the 8th Biennial Meeting of the Fields of Conflict Conference, Columbia, South Carolina.

2012  Surviving on the Confederate Home Front: Soldiers and Civilians in Southwest Arkansas. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Baltimore, Maryland.

2011 Small Finds on a Bloodied Landscape: Placing Landis’s Battery on the Battlefield of Pea Ridge. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Austin, Texas.

2010 Defending the Red: Archaeology of Conflict at Dooley’s Ferry, Hempstead and Lafayette Counties, Arkansas. Paper presented at the Nth Annual Meeting of the Southeast Archaeological Conference, Lexington, Kentucky.

2008 Crossroads of Conflict: Archaeology at Dooley’s Ferry, Hempstead County, Arkansas. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2006 Warfare in the Ozarks: Toward a Regional Landscape Approach to Conflict Archaeology. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Sacramento, California.

2006 Contested Terrain, Congested Landscape: Memorialization of San Juan Hill. Paper presented at the 71st Annual Conference of the Society for American Archaeology, San Juan, Puerto Rico. [With Douglas D. Scott and Peter A. Bleed]

2005 Identifying Cultural Differences in Shell Fragment Standardization: An Example from Civil War Arkansas. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, York, United Kingdom.

2004 Cultural Influences on Artillery Projectile Morphology in the Trans-Mississippi, 1862. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Louis, Missouri.

2003 Ordnance Standardization as a Measure of Relative Industrial Capacity: A View from Civil War Arkansas. Paper presented at the 123rd Annual Meeting of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, Nebraska.

2002 Hard Times in the Black Sands: Changing Trade Relations among the Sinagua of New Caves and Bench Pueblos. Paper presented at the 114th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science, Des Moines, Iowa.

Drexler, Carl G., Alicia L. Coles, and Joel A. Masters
2004 Thunder in the Trans-Mississippi: Quantitative and Metallurgical Analyses of Civil War Ordnance from Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and Pea Ridge National Military Park. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Contract Reports

Carlson-Drexler, Carl G.
2011  Archaeological Investigations at Fort Sully (14LV165): Excavating the Civil War at Fort Leavenworth. USACE/ERDC/CERL, Champaign, IL. [With Carey L. Baxter]

2011  Archaeological Management Plan for Fort Leavenworth. USACE/ERDC/CERL, Champaign, IL. [With Carey L. Baxter]

2011  Historic Trails on Fort Riley: A Cartographic and Remote Sensing-Based Approach. USACE/ERDC/CERL, Champaign, IL. [With Carey L. Baxter]

2011  Prioritizing Historical Archaeological Sites at Fort Leonard Wood, Pulaski County, Missouri. USACE/ERDC/CERL, Champaign, IL. [With Ellen Hartman]

2008 Fairfax Court House, 1861-1865: Civil War Archaeological Resources in the City of Fairfax, Virginia. Report prepared for the City of Fairfax, Virginia by the William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research, Williamsburg, VA. [With Joe B. Jones]

2008 “The Battle Raged… With Terrible Fury:” Battlefield Archaeology of Pea Ridge National Military Park. Technical Report No. 112. USDI/NPS Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, NE. [With Douglas D. Scott and Harold Roeker]

Moore, William H., David W. Lewes, Courtney J. Birkett, and Carl G. Carlson-Drexler
2008 Comprehensive Report: Thematic Survey of Civil War Archaeological Resources in the City of Fairfax, Virginia. Williamsburg, VA: William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research.

Scott, Douglas D. and Carl G. Drexler
2004 Archeological Inventory of the Graff/New Visitor Center Property, Homestead National Monument of American, Gage County, Nebraska. Report on file, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, NE.

Scott, Douglas D., Harold Roeker, and Carl G. Carlson-Drexler
2008 “The Fire Upon Us Was Terrific:” Battlefield Archeology at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Missouri. Technical Report No. 109. USDI/NPS Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, NE.


Professional Service

  • Arkansas Historical Association, Board Member (2015-2018)
  • Society for Historical Archaeology, Academic and Professional Training Committee (2011-present)
  • Society for Historical Archaeology, Continuing Education Coordinator (2012-present)


Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Historical Archaeology
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Arkansas Archeological Society
  • Arkansas Historical Association