Michael Smith received his B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from Oberlin College in 1994. Pursuant to this degree, Smith completed the University of Alaska’s archaeological field school at the Broken Mammoth Site, a Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene site in the Alaskan interior (1992), and spent a semester studying Egyptology at the American University in Cairo (1993). An avid traveler, Smith has toured archaeological sites on six continents.
As a professional archaeologist, Mr. Smith has worked on a wide range of surveys and data recovery projects in the U.S. and abroad. His early work experience included leading survey crews on multiple projects in central Florida, excavating a Revolutionary War period site in downtown Philadelphia, uncovering a multi-component Jomon site in northern Japan, surveying former U.S. Air Force bombing ranges in Badlands National Park, and working for more than a year in the Ohio River Valley on the Caesars Archaeological Project, a dig that yielded one of the largest prehistoric artifact assemblages in the Midwest. Since 2001, Mr. Smith has concentrated on the archaeology of the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Mr. Smith joined ASCC, where his ongoing job duties encompass those of project director, field technician, historical researcher, graphics specialist, lithic analyst, and technical writer.