Anne Rogers

Professor - Anthropology

Anne Rogers

Phone: 828-227-2443
Office Address: 102C McKee


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology, University of Georgia. 1982. Dissertation title: An Interpretation of a Late Archaic Period Site in Piedmont Georgia.  Published as Wallace Reservoir Project Contribution No. 17, Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia.
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology, University of Georgia.1978   Thesis title: A Quantitative Analysis of Variability in Selected Magdalenian Lithic Assemblages.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (with honors), Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.1972. Major: Anthropology.  Minor: Sociology.

Publications, Presentations, and Research:

  • 2001. Review of Weaving New Lives, by S. Hill.  National Women’s Studies Association Journal 11 (3):200-202.
  • 1998. Review of The Indians’ New South:  Cultural Change in the Colonial Southeast, by J. Axtell.  Ethnohistory 45(3):575-577.
  • 1993. Review of Hernando de Soto and the Indians of Florida, by J. Milanich and C. Hudson.  Ethnohistory 43(1):179-180.
  • 1991. Review of Distributional Archaeology, by J. Ebert.  Choice 30(5):840.
  • 1992a. Review of Fantastic Archaeology: The Wild Side of North American Archaeology, by S. Williams.  Choice 29(6):932.
  • 1992b Review of Snowbird Cherokees, by S. Neely.  Choice 29(9):1436.
  • 1992c Review of Text-Aided Archaeology, by B. Little.  Choice 30(2):346.
  • 1990a Review of Dynamics of Southwest Prehistory, by L. Cordell and G. Gumerman.  Choice 27(10):1714.
  • 1990b Review of Manitou: The Sacred Landscape of New England’s Native Civilization, by J.W. Mavoc and B. E. Dix.  Choice 28(1):168.
  • 1989 Review of Like Beads on a String, by B. Weisman.  Choice 27(1):212.
  • 1986 Review of Tellico Archaeology, by J. Chapman.  Now and Then 3(3):29.
  • 1983 Review of Collected Papers on the Archaeology of North Carolina, by M. Mathis and J. Crow.  North Carolina Historical Review 60(2):75.

Papers presented at professional meetings:

  • 2007 The Role of Women in Cherokee Society.  Southern Anthropological Society annual meeting, Oxford, MS
  • 2006 The Grant and Montgomery Expeditions Against the Cherokee.  Timberlake Symposium, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee, NC
  • 2005a Traditional Uses of Divining Crystals.  Southern Anthropological Society annual meeting, Chattanooga, TN
  • 2005b Communication on the Job: Learning to “Talk the Talk.”  WCU Annual Gender Research Conference, Cullowhee, NC
  • 2004 A Comparison of Two Rock Shelter Sites in Virginia and North Carolina.  Uplands Archaeology in the East Symposium IX, Harrisonburg, VA
  • 2003 Creeks and the Trail of Tears.  National Trail of Tears Association annual meeting, Cherokee, NC
  • 1998a Archaeology at Appletree: Combining Public, Federal and Academic Archaeology.  Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, Seattle, WA (with J. Brown and R. Snedeker)
  • 1988b Archaeology in Western North Carolina.  Association of North Carolina Anthropologists, Fall meeting, Asheville, NC
  • 1998 Summer Ventures at Wayehutta (32JK285).  Southeastern Archaeological Conference annual meeting, Greenville, SC (with J. Brown, R. Snedeker, D. Dyson, W. Cottingham)
  • 1997a Archaeology and the Public.  Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere Conference, Gatlinburg, TN
  • 1997b Archaeology and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. Southeastern Archaeological Conference annual meeting, Baton Rouge, LA

For a complete listing, please contact Anne Rogers at


(Note:  All research is concluded with a report submitted to the appropriate State Historic Preservation Office for review and approval in accordance with Federal law.)

  • 2001a UNCA Math & Science Building archaeological survey
  • 2001b Tri-County Community College Fire Tower location archaeological survey
  • 2000 Columbus, NC sewer line archaeological survey
  • 1999a Wayah Road pump station archaeological survey, Macon County, NC
  • 1999b Weaverville Post Office archaeological survey, Buncombe County, NC
  • 1998a Webster Industrial Park archaeological survey, Jackson County, NC
  • 1998b Whittier Industrial Park archaeological survey, Jackson County, NC
  • 1997a Bryson City Post Office archaeological survey, Swain County, NC
  • 1996a Swain County (NC) boat ramp archaeological assessment
  • 1996b Mink Branch Road improvement archaeological survey, Cherokee Reservation
  • 1996c Henry Wachacha bridge replacement project, Cherokee Reservation
  • 1995 Cultural resources assessment at McDowell County (NC) Airport

For a complete listing, please contact Anne Rogers at

I have given numerous presentations for public school classes, student organizations, civic groups, community organizations, and others.  I have also participated in radio and televisions programs to discuss Western Carolina University’s role in research related to the history and prehistory of the Southern Appalachian region.

Invited lectures, seminars, and public presentations (selected):

  • 2007a Cherokee Archaeology.  Institute for Life Long Learning, Blue Ridge Community College, Hendersonville, NC
  • 2007b Cherokee Culture.  Institute for Life Long Learning, Blue Ridge Community College, Hendersonville, NC 
  • 2005a Cherokees in Jackson County.  Jackson County Genealogical Society, Sylva, NC.
  • 2005b Cherokee Ceremonial Practices in the 1800s.  Broad River Genealogical Society, Shelby, NC
  • 2005c Junaluska – The Man and His Lessons.  Junaluska Memorial Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony, Robbinsville, NC
  • 2004a Archaeology of the Southern Appalachians.  Smith-McDowell House lecture series, Asheville, NC
  • 2004b Native American Religious Traditions.  Triangle Interfaith Alliance, Raleigh, NC
  • 2003a Archaeology in the Southern Appalachians. Cashiers/Norton Homemakers Club, Dillsboro, NC
  • 2003b Panel member, Cultural Resource Protection: New Tools and Challenges.  First Sequoyah Symposium on Southeastern Indians, Cullowhee, NC
  • 2003c Cherokees Past and Present.  Women’s Club of Raleigh, NC
  • 2002a Western North Carolina Archaeology.  American Institute of Archaeology, Western Carolina Chapter, UNCA Owen Conference Center, Asheville, NC
  • 2002b Archaeology of the Southern Appalachians.  Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC
  • 2001a Cherokees, Past and Present.  Jackson County Historical Society
  • 2001b Southern Appalachian Archaeology.  Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement, Wildacres Resort, Little Switzerland, NC
  • 2001c Archaeology of the Cherokees.  Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society

For a complete listing, please contact Anne Rogers at


  • 2005 United States Forest Service grant ($50,00) to prepare an overview of work performed on the Nantahala National Forest at the Appletree Campground (31 MA56) and Wayehutta (31JK285) archaeological sites
  • 2000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant ($100,000) to edit and annotate the Payne-Butrick papers on the Cherokee (with W. Anderson)
  • 1999 Summer Fellowship for research grant preparation
  • 1998 Micro-grant to participate in workshop on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1996 National Endowment for the Humanities Regional Focus Grant for a conference on “The Cherokee:  Conflict, Struggle, and Survival” (with W. Anderson)
  • 1993 Research Grant to investigate Cherokee uses of native plants (with J. Wallace)
  • 1992 Grant from the Smithsonian Institution to reanalyze artifacts from the Peachtree Mound and Village site, excavated by J. Jennings in 1933-34
  • 1991 National Park Service Survey and Planning Grant to examine artifacts collected by individuals from the Peachtree Mound and Village site
  • 1991 North Carolina Division of Archives and History Survey and Planning to conduct a survey of artifacts found at various sites in Cherokee County, NC
  • 1990 Micro-grant to participate in Chautauqua course on the archaeo-astronomy of the Maya, held in Mexico
  • 1988 Micro-grant to visit Hohokam sites in Phoenix, AZ
  • 1987 Grant from Center for Appalachian Studies to analyze artifacts from the Plum Grove site
  • 1986 Micro-grant to participate in Penrose Conference on Archaeological Geology
  • 1978 University of Michigan grant to participate in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, an eight-week program on quantitative methods sponsored by the Institute for Social Research, U. of Michigan.

Professional service activities:

  • 2007-2009 President, North Carolina Chapter, Trail of Tears Association
  • 2005-2007 President, Phi Beta Delta, WCU chapter
  • 2004-2005 President, Phi Kappa Phi WCU chapter
  • 2004-2005 Board of Directors, North Carolina chapter, Trail of Tears Association
  • 2004-2005 Vice-president/President-elect, Phi Beta Delta, Alpha Delta Chapter at WCU
  • 2001-present Board of Directors, Junaluaka Memorial Museum, Robbinsville, NC
  • 1997-2001 Membership committee chair, North Carolina Archaeological Council
  • 1992-2002 Public Education Committee member, Society for American Archaeology
  • 1992-1993 President, WCU Sigma Xi club
  • 1991-1992 Vice-President, WCU Sigma Xi club
  • 1991-1992 Publications board, National Collegiate Honors Council
  • 1985 – present Museums committee, Appalachian Consortium
  • 1985-1986 Program co-chair, WCU Sigma Xi club
  • 1983-1984 Chair, North Carolina Archaeological Council
  • 1980-1981 President, Society for Georgia Archaeology
  • 1979-1980 Vice-president, Society for Georgia Archaeology
  • 1979-1980 Chair, Anthropology Section, Georgia Academy of Science
  • 1979 Program co-chair, Southeastern Archaeological Conference annual meeting
  • 1978-1979 Secretary, Anthropology Section, Georgia Academy of Science
  • 1978-1979 Council member, Society for Georgia Archaeology

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