Dr. Charles R. Ewen
Charles R. Ewen received his PhD at the University of Florida in 1987, and since 1994 has been a full professor in the Department of Anthropology at ECU as well as Director of the Phelps Archaeology Laboratory. He recently was elected the president of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Charlie’s research interests focus mostly on historical archaeology (specifically the contact and colonial periods). However, like most archaeologists, circumstances have led him to work on nearly every kind of archaeology site, from prehistoric villages to Civil War fortifications and twentieth-century homesteads. While in NC, Charlie has directed several projects at Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens in New Bern, Ft. Macon State Park, Hope Plantation, Somerset Place, and a long-term archaeological study of Historic Bath, North Carolina. Besides several articles and book chapters, Charlie is the author or editor of five books, including Searching for the Roanoke Colonies, (NC Division of Archives and History) and X Marks the Spot: The Archaeology of Piracy (University Press of Florida). He is currently under contract with University Press of Florida to co-author a book with Tom Shields to be entitled Roanoke Reconsidered: What Happened to the Lost Colony and another book on the archaeology of piracy.