Dr. Sarah Bergh
Asst. Director of Master of Arts Program
Sarah Bergh, PhD, RPA, teaches in the Master of Arts program as well as for the undergraduate general education department at Union. She also serves as Assistant Director of the MA Program. She attended Skidmore College for her Bachelor of Arts, Hunter College, City College of New York, for her Master of Arts, and University of Georgia for her Ph.D., all in Anthropology. She is a Registered Professional Archaeologist. Her primary teaching assignment in the M.A. program is MAP 509 Research Methods, which utilizes her background in the social sciences, using qualitative and quantitative methods to address a range of archaeological and anthropological questions. She sometimes also teaches in the History & Culture major
Sarah’s field of focus for her doctorate was zooarchaeology, the study of animal remains from archaeological sites. Animal remains yield information about past human subsistence patterns and diet, environmental conditions, and human-environment interactions. Her dissertation examined the effects of socio-political changes in southeastern US coastal societies on settlement, subsistence, and land-use patterns during the late prehispanic period. Sarah’s other fields of interest include the archaeology of the Americas, Britain, and Rome, cultural resource management, environmental anthropology, economic anthropology, historical ecology, conservation ecology, and climate change. Her professional experience is primarily in museums, working with fine arts, decorative arts, archaeological, and natural history collections.