Matthew Moriarty serves as an assistant professor of archaeology in the Anthropology, Archaeology, and Geography B.S. Program, the coordinator for the new 3D Technology Certificate Program, and director of the Castleton Innovation Lab.
As an archaeologist, Dr. Moriarty has long-term interests in long-distance trade, political economy, and historical ecology. He has participated in archaeological investigations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Ireland, and various parts of the United States. His investigations in Guatemala at the ancient Maya site of Trinidad de Nosotros highlighted the complexities of Classic Maya trade and the role of the ancient Maya ballgame in daily life. From 2016 to 2019, he directed investigations in Vermont at the Galick Site, a Precontact Native American and Euro-American site at the southern end of Lake Champlain. More recently, he is co-directing archaeological investigations at Granger House, an early 19th-century home on the Castleton campus that will soon become the Granger-Moulton Museum and Learning Laboratory.
Professor Moriarty is also heavily involved in the application of 3D imaging technologies to archaeological heritage. He and his students partner with a wide range of museums and other organizations around the state to create high-resolution 3D models of artifacts and other cultural patrimony for public outreach and digital curation. A sampling of their work can be found on the Vermont State University Digital Archaeology Project’s page on Sketchfab: https://sketchfab.com/VTSU3D.