David R. Starbuck

Professor of Anthropology

BA, University of Rochester; MPhil, PhD, Yale University
Email: dstarbuck@plymouth.edu

Contact information

Rounds Hall 210
MSC # 39

About Professor Starbuck

David Starbuck is an historical and industrial archaeologist, specializing in the archaeology of America’s forts and battlefields, the archaeology of utopian societies (the Shakers), and the archaeology of medieval and post-medieval sites in Scotland.  He was trained in the rise of civilization in the Old and New Worlds and prepared his doctoral dissertation at Yale University on the role of animals at the Classic Period city of Teotihuacan in central Mexico.  Dr. Starbuck has published or edited nearly 20 books, published over 130 articles, chapters in books, and book reviews; and presented nearly 500 papers and talks at local, regional and national conferences and meetings.

Selected books:

  • A Shaker Family Album (1998. University Press of New England)
  • The Great Warpath: British Military Sites from Albany to Crown Point(1999. University Press of New England)
  • Massacre at Fort William Henry (2002. University Press of New England)
  • Neither Plain Nor Simple: New Perspectives on the Canterbury Shakers(2004. University Press of New England)
  • Rangers and Redcoats on the Hudson (2004. University Press of New England)
  • The Archeology of New Hampshire (2006. University of New Hampshire Press)
  • Excavating the Sutlers’ House: Artifacts of the British Armies in Fort Edward and Lake George (2010. University Press of New England)
  • The Archaeology of Forts and Battlefields (2011. University Press of Florida)
  • An Archaeological Survey of Inveruglas Farm: A Search for Clan MacFarlane (2011. Institute for New Hampshire Studies, Plymouth State University)
  • The Legacy of Fort William Henry (2014. University Press of New England)

Awards or recognition

  • Fellow of the New York State Archaeological Association (elected in 1995)
  • Recipient of the Norton Prize of the Society for Industrial Archeology (1988)
  • Recipient of the Chester B. Price Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Archeology in New Hampshire (1987)
  • Recipient of the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award, Awarded by Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York (2000)
  • Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Plymouth State University (2008)
  • Awarded as the first “Distinguished Fellow” of Clan MacFarlane Worldwide, Inc. (2011)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Great Discoveries in Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Ancient Mexican Prehistory
  • North American Prehistory
  • Bones, Bodies and Disease
  • Anthropology-Sociology Seminar


Dr. Starbuck has taught over 60 summer field schools in archaeology at North American historic, prehistoric and industrial sites, as well as medieval and post-medieval sites in Scotland.

Dr. Starbuck has been the archaeologist on the New Hampshire Historical Resources Council since 1980 and currently serves as its Chair.  He is currently the Editor of the New Hampshire Archeological Society; President of the Adirondack Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association; Newsletter Editor for the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology; Newsletter Editor of the New England Chapters of the Society for Industrial Archeology; Current Research Editor: Northeast, for the Society for Historical Archaeology; and past editor of IA, The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology (for 13 years).