Dr. Nicholas Freidin
Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology





B.A. (History), Georgetown University
M.A. (Archaeology), Keble College, University of Oxford
Ph.D. (Archaeology), Keble College, University of Oxford


Dr. Freidin is an archaeologist who began his research in Britain and France, and pursued additional studies in Israel and Cyprus. After he was hired by Marshall in 1983, his focus changed to the Late Prehistoric Period in the Eastern Woodlands, a period between approximately AD 1000 and the time of contact between Native Americans and the European –African societies of Colonial America.


Dr. Freidin’s current research involves the indigenous cultural transformations and/or responses following contact with external, more dominant societies.  His research concerning the native peoples of the Middle Ohio Valley and their first contact with Euro-African (colonial) society has resulted in published papers, conference presentations, and museum exhibitions.


Dr. Freidin teaches several courses, including Physical Anthropology, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Methods, Theory in Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, and World Prehistory. In addition, he teaches courses that focus on prehistory and ethnography of various parts of the world, including North America, Africa, and Oceania. He spends part of his summers teaching the archaeological field training class (i.e., the field school), the longest continuously offered archaeological field school in the state.


Serving as the Director of the Archaeological Field School, Dr. Freidin leads students into field sites in West Virginia to learn how to survey, excavate, and record their findings. Through their research, students may discover remnants of West Virginia’s first inhabitants. Field projects have included several seasons at Clover and Snidow, both Late Prehistoric villages; and at Saint-Albans, an Early Archaic site with a Woodland Period component. Occasionally, other institutions, such as Concord University, and various vocational organizations, such as the WV Archaeological Society, participate in the Field School. Dr. Freidin also runs the archaeology laboratory, where materials recovered from field projects are processed and analyzed.


Dr. Freidin is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists in fieldwork and teaching. He is also a member of the Society for American Archaeology, the Council for West Virginia Archaeology, the West Virginia Academy of Science, and the West Virginia Humanities Center. In addition, he serves on the editorial board of the West Virginia Archaeological Society and as the Chair of the Huntington Preservation Commission.


Dr. Freidin was born in Paris, France, and has a dual citizenship in both France and the US. Dr. Freidin is married with one daughter.


Contact Info
Telephone: (304) 696-2794
Email: freidin@marshall.edu