Team Members

Frost Town Archaeology is directed by Dr. Alexander J. Smith, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the College at Brockport – SUNY. He has excavated and surveyed in many places around the world, including Jordan, Guatemala, Rhode Island, and Montserrat. He also continues to work in Spain and Italy. For more information click here.

Frost Town Trench Supervisors

Michael Garth (Brown ’19, Iceland ’20 MA) joined FTA in 2019 for their first season. He is working toward his MA from Iceland University in Medieval Icelandic Studies and has worked with Dr. Smith since 2018 as part of the Sinis Archaeological Project.

Rani Gill (Brockport ’19) has been working with Dr. Smith and FTA since 2017 and has also worked at Petra, Jordan. She is currently working toward her MA in Public Archaeology at Binghamton University.

Bekah Leathersich (Brockport ’19) has been working with Dr. Smith and FTA since 2017 and also worked at Petra, Jordan. She currently works at the Franklin Conservatory and Botanical Garden.

Samantha Russello (Brockport ’19) has been working with Dr. Smith and FTA since 2017 and has also worked in Israel and Poverty Point, LA. She is pursuing a MA in Public Archaeology at Binghamton University.

Emma Wagner (Brockport ’19) has been working with Frost Town Archaeology since 2017, participating in many public outreach events throughout her time with the project, and has also worked in Petra, Jordan. Emma is pursuing a MA in Zooarchaeology at the North Carolina State University.

2019 Frost Town Students

In 2019, we had six undergraduate students pictured here with Dr. Smith: Brandon Amthor, Alyssa Bressette, Emily Russell, Max Traub, Chris Vidler, and Emily Yahn.

Volunteers and Past Participants

Over the years, we’ve had many people join our team to work for hours, days, or sometimes weeks. A special thanks to Jonathan Broida (Brockport ’18, ’20 MA), Michelle Heeman (Brockport ’18, Brandeis ’21 MA), and Christian Matagne (Brockport ’13). None of this would be possible without the amazing help of the Cumming Nature Center team, in particular Nathan Hayes, Angela Cannon-Crothers, and Vincent Feucht.

Michelle Heeman with the team digging “Trench G” in 2017
Jonathan Broida Excavating for Family Archaeology Weekend in 2018
Chris Matagne with Dr. Smith discussing the trenches in 2018