William C. Schaffer, MA., Ph.D. Student
Department of Anthropology
Arizona State University, Arizona
William Schaffer, an Anthropologist is the Project Biologist on KARP with full responsibility for the skeletal (including dental) and other biological collection, inventory, treatment and preparation and preliminary field and final analysis. Currently completing his doctoral program at Arizona State University (ASU) William Schaffer has been very active in practical and applied Anthropological field work and has, since 2009 been responsible for analysis of the skeletal remains of the preliminary field work at Kormantse. He has considerable archaeological field work and has participated in projects such as the Bioarchaeology Field School, University of Arkansas, The Amarna Trust and Supreme Council of Antiquities at Tell el–Amarna, Egypt (2008); Mortuary Archaeology Field School, Adam Mickiewicz University (2005) and in the Slavia Foundation and First Piasts’ Museum – Giecz, Poland and African Meeting House Project, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Fiske Center for Archaeological Research – Boston (2005) and in the Marine and Coastal Ecological Research, University of Massachusetts Boston, Nantucket Field Station – Quaise, MA (2004); Historical Archaeology Field School, University of Massachusetts Boston, Fiske Center for Archaeological Research – Shelter Island, NY. Mr. Schaffer brings all these experiences, in addition to his experience as a Museum and artifact administrator with History Miami and with the US Coast Guard, to the Kormantse project. From 2005-Aug 2007 Bill worked with the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy – Davie, Florida as a Physical Anthropologist on projects such as Brickell Park (8DA12), MDM Parcel D (8DA11), and Santa Maria West (8DA11246) – Miami, FL, Preacher’s Cave, Eleuthera; 2006-Aug 2007 as Associate Director, Osteology Laboratory, Miami, FL; 2007 as Assistant Field Director, Preacher’s Cave, Eleuthera – The Bahamas and at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, AR, as Teaching Assistant, J. W. Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Tutor, Bob and Marilyn Bogle Academic Center laboratory Sections (x3), Introduction to Biological Anthropology and in 2008, Janus Research– Tampa, Florida Physical Anthropologist, Big Cypress National Preserve – Clewiston, Florida and in the same year with Spears, Inc. West Fork, Arizona, Archaeologist, Ozark National Forest – Ozark. Bill has also published on archaeology and his field of interest as follows: 2008. Schaffer, W.C. Akhenaten’s Warrior? An Assessment of Traumatic Injury at the South Tombs Cemetery. Paleopathology Newsletter: 142:20-29; Carr R.S., Schaffer W.C., Day J.S. and Pateman M.P; 2012. Lucayan–Taíno burials from Preacher’s Cave. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology:22:45-69. Carr RS, Schaffer W.C., Ransom J.B. and Pateman M.P. 2013. Ritual Cave Use in the Bahamas, Sacred Darkness: A global perspective on the ritual use of caves, Moyes H, editor. Boulder: University of Colorado Press, pp. 285-293.