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Donald Linebaugh

Professor, Historic Preservation Program
Room 1225


Dr. Linebaugh was named Dean ad interim in May 2018 and served until Summer 2021. Prior to serving as Dean, Dr. Linebaugh was Director of the Historic Preservation Program and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research. Before joining the Maryland faculty in July 2004, Dr. Linebaugh served as the Director of the Program for Archaeological Research (PAR) and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky (1997-2004). Under his leadership, the PAR completed several hundred cultural resource management (CRM) projects for range of private and public agency sponsors. Dr. Linebaugh was also a member of the faculty of the Historic Preservation Department in UK’s College of Design. Prior to his time at Kentucky, Dr. Linebaugh served for nine years as the Co-Director of the Center for Archaeological Research (WMCAR) and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary, administering over 400 grant and contract CRM projects.

Dr. Linebaugh’s research interests are broad and include a range of topics: the archaeology of early urban centers, the history of archaeology and historic preservation, historic landscapes and the natural and cultural environment, 17th- and 18th-century plantations in the Tidewater Chesapeake, archaeological excavation and preservation of industrial and craft/trade sites, ethnicity including the interaction of German and English cultures in the Valley of Virginia and Norwegian settlement in Minnesota and Texas, and most recently, New England town studies.

Dr. Linebaugh’s current research projects include using the records of a general store (ca. 1824-1940) to explore the social, economic, and political landscape of a small New England community, and architectural an social history of an early 20th-century property known as Indian Steps, and an archaeological and historical analysis of the 17th- to 19th-century Kippax Plantation in Virginia. His book on archaeologist Roland Robbins, The Man Who Found Thoreau: Roland Wells Robbins and the Rise of Historical Archaeology in America, was published in 2005 by the University Press of New England. Dr. Linebaugh’s second book focused on historic lighting in the 19th century, The Springfield Gas Machine: Illuminating Industry and Leisure, 1860s-1920s (Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2011). With co-editor William Griswold, he published an edited volume on the Saugus Ironworks, Saugus Iron Works: The Roland W. Robbins Excavations 1948-1953 (National Park Service, Department of the Interior, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC) in 2011, and an edited volume on the archaeology of the Saratoga battlefield, The Saratoga Campaign: Uncovering an Embattled Landscape (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England) in 2016. Dr. Linebaugh has also published numerous journal articles and reviews in national journals such as Historical Archaeology, Material Culture, The William and Mary Quarterly, Winterthur Portfolio, and has chapters in edited books on preservation, archaeology, history, and cultural resource management.

PhD in American Studies
College of William and Mary
Master of Arts in Anthropology
College of William and Mary
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
Grand Valley State University