Bernard K Means, PhD


Term Instructor of Anthropology

Instructor of Anthropology

Ph.D., Arizona State University 2006 
B.A., Occidental College 1986

Email -
Phone - 804.827.1985
Fax - 804.828.0127

Office - Lafayette Hall, Room 302
312 N. Shafer St. 
Richmond, VA 23284

Lab - Franklin Street Gym, 227
817 W. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23284

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Means has published extensively on his research. In 2007, the University of Alabama Press published his book on American Indian village sites excavated by New Deal archaeologists (and others), entitled Circular Villages of the Monongahela Tradition. His edited volume on New Deal archaeology was published in 2013, entitled Shovel Ready: Archaeology and Roosevelt’s New Deal for America. Some of his research on New Deal archaeology can be found here and here.

Dr. Means has conducted field work on historic and prehistoric sites in the American Southwest, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. He has also participated in large-scale archaeological surveys and archaeoastronomical investigations in southern India, focusing on the medieval-period Vijayanagara Empire. Dr. Means received the J. Alden Mason Award from the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology in 2010 for his support as a professional archaeologist of the society and its goals. 

Dr. Means is Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory, a research effort currently funded by the Department of Defense’s Legacy Program. Details on the Virtual Curation Laboratory can be found in this link. A sister web site features artifacts and online exhibits associated with material that has been 3D scanned in the Virtual Curation Laboratory. Research in the Virtual Curation Laboratory by Dr. Means and his students is regularly published in archaeology journals, including “Virtual Artifact Curation of the Historical Past and the Next Engine Desktop 3D Scanner” by Bernard K. Means, Ashley McCuistion (VCU student) and Courtney Bowles (VCU Alumnus) in Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology 7: 1-12. ( Available online). Papers related to work in the Virtual Curation Laboratory by Dr. Means and his students are forthcoming in 2014 inPennsylvania Archaeologist and the Quarterly Bulletin of the Archeological Society of Virginia. A video on the Virtual Curation Laboratory and produced by Archaeology in the Community, a non-profit located in Washington, D.C., can be found at this youtube link.

Dr. Means is Chair of the Society for American Archaeology’s History of Archaeology Interest Group, and editor of their Newsletter, which is available online. A strong proponent of public archaeology and education, he serves on the Public Education Committee of the Society for American Archaeology and the Public Education and Information Committee of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Courses that Dr. Means teaches in the Anthropology Program at the School of World Studies include:

ANTH105/INTL105 Introduction to Archaeology 
ANTH302 Archaeological Theory 
ANTH303 Archaeological Methods and Research Design
ANTH355 Death and Burial 

Students pursuing independent studies and internships actively work with Dr. Means, including on presentations at professional anthropology conferences and subsequent publications. He offers a specialty internship (ANTH 493-7) for students interested in working in the Virtual Curation Laboratory. He also works with students interested in pursuing Honors in Anthropology.