David Hixson

Photo of David Hixson Visiting Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology
Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave.
Tatem Hall
Frederick, Maryland 21701
Email: hixson@hood.edu
Phone: 301-696-3866

Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology, landscape surveys, drone (UAV) surveys, 3D landscape modeling, photogrammetry, public and community archaeology

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. David Hixson has over 25 years of professional archaeological experience in both the public and private sector.  With a Ph.D. in anthropological archaeology from Tulane University, Hixson has conducted archaeological excavations from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.  While his academic research revolves around archaeological remote sensing of the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, he has directed and/or participated in Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III archaeological projects in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and our nation’s capital of Washington D.C.

Recently Dr. Hixson has branched out through his educational program at Hood College, MD, to embrace community-based archaeology.  His multi-season field school at Belle Grove plantation (co-directed with Matthew Greer), along with his volunteer excavations assisting Hood College students perform public-service excavations for our local historic districts, are aimed at not only instructing students on proper techniques, but also to foster a new generation of stewards and public representatives for our shared cultural heritage.

Dr. Hixson also works at another CESU institution, Shepherd University in West Virginia, where he works closely with the History department to fulfill similar community-based projects, all with an emphasis upon increasing awareness of archaeological opportunities through partnerships with underfunded government programs such as the National Parks Service and the Department of Natural Resources.


  • Ph.D. 2011, Tulane University, Anthropological Archaeology
  • M.A. 2005, Tulane University, Anthropological Archaeology
  • B.A. 1996, University of Illinois, Anthropology

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