Christina McSherry

Graduate Student
Christina McSherry


Current status: Ph.D. Candidate

Ph.D. dissertation title: A Place of Conflict: Historical, Collaborative Archaeology at Malheur Indian Agency, Oregon

M.A. thesis title: A Geophysical and Shovel Test Survey of the Northern Terrace at Poggio Colla Archaeological Site, Vicchio, Italy

Christina is a Ph.D. candidate in historical archaeology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her dissertation focuses on broadening conflict archaeology beyond forts and battlefields to include other sites intimately tied to conflict, such as Indian agencies in the late 19th century United States. Her dissertation also utilizes a collaborative and community based methodology. In addition to her dissertation, Christina is also working on a linguistic analysis of monuments at the American Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg as well as developing a model of determining shooter position from World War II weapon shell casing scatters. Prior to coming to the University of Nevada, Reno, Christina's work was focused in classical archaeology. She spent several field seasons and completed her master's work at the Etruscan site of Poggio Colla near Vicchio, Italy.

Academic interests

  • Historical archaeology
  • Conflict archaeology
  • Military archaeology
  • Collaborative archaeology
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Geophysical methods
  • Classical archaeology
  • Etruscan archaeology


  • M.S., archaeological resource management, University of Georgia, 2013
  • B.A., classical rchaeology and ancient history and Latin, Franklin and Marshall College, 2012