Adam Watson grew up in Richmond. While researching graduate schools, he talked in depth to archeology students at U.Va. Watson was swayed towards U.Va. by a number of factors including high student morale, a good funding package, his sentiment that “Charlottesville is a great place to live.”
Watson entered the anthropology Ph.D. program in 2005 and has been pleased with his experience so far. He is specializing in archeology and notes that the program's faculty members have been extremely supportive. Watson especially appreciates the exciting diversity of research taking place in the department and the flexibility he has been allowed in his work.
Watson secured a prestigious National Science Foundation fellowship in 2007 to further his archeological research about long term changes in sociopolitical dynamics, resource utilization, ritual, and economy in prehistoric Chaco Canyon, an area that served as a major Pueblo culture center from about 850 to 1250 A.D. “Specifically, I am interested in patterns of social differentiation and integration in this prehistoric Pueblo society,” notes Watson. His work will seek to address fundamental questions about factors such as religion, economy, and social organization in this historic Pueblo culture as well as understand its influences on modern Pueblo society. “These questions are critical to the study of social complexity in intermediate societies throughout the world and remain the subject of much debate among scholars of the Pueblo Southwest,” says Watson.
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