John O'Shea

John O'Shea
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  • Phone: 734.763.5795
  • Office: 3010 School of Education Building, 610 E. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259
  • Ph.D. 1978, Cambridge University

Research Interests


  • Neolithic and Bronze Age Eastern Europe
  • Prehistoric economics
  • Underwater archaeology


  • Eastern Europe
  • Great Lakes
  • Great Plains

Research Projects

Research Description

John O'Shea maintains active research interests in Eastern Europe and North America. His topical interests include: tribal societies, prehistoric ecology and economy, spatial analysis, ethnohistory, Native North America and later European Prehistory. His research in Native North America focuses on the late pre-contact and contact periods in the Upper Great Lakes and the Great Plains. In Europe, his research centers on the eastern Carpathian Basin region of Hungary, Romania and northern Yugoslavia during the later Neolithic through Bronze Age. Most recently, he has begun a program of research focused on the study of Nineteenth Century shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. In addition, O'Shea directs a series of programs in local archaeology, including the Archaeology in an Urban Setting project within the City of Ann Arbor, and the Vanishing Farmlands Survey in Washtenaw County. Within the profession, O'Shea is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology (Academic Press). He has also been active in the implementation of the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and was appointed in 1998 to a six-year term on the NAGPRA Review Committee by the Secretary of the Interior.