A group of villagers


Faculty & Staff Directory

Giants causeway, Aug 2015

Samuel Connell

Anthropology, Honors Instructor

Business and Social Sciences Division

(650) 949-7197

Email: connellsamuel@foothill.edu

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/connellsamuel/

Foothill campus
Office: 3017
Office Hours:
Variable, depends on the quarter I am teaching. Please look at my door or email me.

Current CV -- cv_connell_aug.2018.docx

Relatively recent article to view online:
SAA Archaeological Record January 2012

Other Articles:






Course information:

See our course listings at the Anthropology Department webpage.

Starting with Foothill College Anthropology and the Center for Applied Anthropology, the world is your oyster. You can become an archaeologist like me, or a Forensic specialist, or a field anthropologist who studies living cultures. At the very least you can use these courses to broaden your perspectives about the world and better prepare for the increasingly diverse and international job market.



I am an archaeologist who studies in Ecuador, Belize, California, Ireland and now Hawaii. My interests are in the rise of complexity in societies and issues surrounding colonization and resistance. I am also currently heavily involved with public and applied anthropology. Every summer we bring field classes of 30 students to Ecuador in South America, Belize in Central America, in the summer 2015 we started a new program in Ireland, and now in 2020 we are beginning a program on the Big Island of Hawaii! Last summer in 2019 we were in Ireland for a month focusing on late medieval castles in communities and then we returned to Ecuador to continue our amazing research on Inca fortifications. It was an incredible experience. This summer we are heading to Kona in Hawaii to help Native Hawaiian groups study and revitalize their fishponds and traditional farming practices.

Check out the Foothill Anthropology website:


Last summer was unbelievably great, the best place to see information and photos is our Facebook page.


Anthropology is a great springboard for broadening your horizons. It positions you for the future, by giving you the tools to expand your learning and giving potential employers the satisfaction of knowing that you have been able to interpret and understand other perspectives and other cultures.



This is my 14th year at Foothill and I am pleased to be here.

I came to the Bay Area from Hawaii where I was a Forensic Archaeologist specializing in the recovery and identification of Missing In Action U.S. service members from past wars. We mostly worked in Vietnam and Laos excavating plane crashes.

I received my degree from UCLA where I completed a dissertation on the Maya - I studied how regular people were connected to the kings. I surveyed and excavated at a place called Chaa Creek, which is a wonderful resort - check it out online. My studies assessed ways in which we can measure the degree of integration or connectedness among people in the past.

All of my studies were in Belize, until in 2000 when I began researching with my wife, Ana, in Ecuador. We are fortunate to be part of a special project that has been ongoing every summer in the highlands north of the capital Quito.

We look at Inca Fortresses, conducting excavations high in the Andes - on the edge of the Amazon at the equator.

While I have been traveling to Latin America and taking students on the field projects, but I also have worked in California, and hope to continue this now that I am at Foothill. We started a new exciting partnership with local archaeologists at institutions like Stanford and Santa Clara, we call it the Bay Area Cultural Landscape Research Group (BACLRG). Currently we are working on a grant to survey and document portions of the Santa Cruz Mountains with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

As I mentioned above during the summer 2015 we started a brand new research program focusing on castles in Ireland. The excavations and survey the last five years have turned up many artifacts and we think we found the medieval village just outside of the castle.

Lastly, this summer 2020 my attention has moved to Hawaii where we are beginning yet another program on the Big Island in Hawaii. Check out the department website! This is an exciting time to be involved with Anthropology at Foothill. Please stop by and visit anytime -- my door is always open.


Personal Quote:

In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.
L. Pasteur 1854

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