Dr. Michael Rogers
Interests/Expertise: Paleolithic archaeology; Early Stone Age; Africa; lithic analysis; landscape archaeology; human evolution; paleoenvironments; vertebrate taphonomy; spatial archaeology
Dr. Rogers is an archaeologist who has been undertaking fieldwork in East Africa since 1990. He completed his Ph.D. in 1997 by taking a landscape approach to the 1.5 million-year-old archaeological record at Koobi Fora, Kenya. Since then, he has worked at Koobi Fora, Kenya on 1.5 million-year-old modified fossil bones sites, at Laetoli, Tanzania on 2.7 million-year-old deposits, and at Gona, Ethiopia on various 2.6-0.3 million-year-old sites. In 2000, he discovered the oldest archaeological site in the world containing both stone tools and fossil bones at Gona. Dr. Rogers has led paleoanthropological field schools and student expeditions to each of these sites since 1997. He has also supervised work at Archaic sites in the greater New Haven area.
At SCSU, Dr. Rogers has taught Prehistoric Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Archaeological Methods, African Prehistory, Stones & Bones, Archaeological Fact & Fiction, Evidence of Human Evolution, Cultural Anthropology, African Culture Change, and various Honors College and freshman seminars. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1999-2000, teaching at the University of Nairobi.