Relaxing in front of the 'casa comunal' in Ecuador with Chad holding Marilyn, Elena, Maria, Me and Marianita

Samuel Connell, Ph.D.
Anthropology Instructor

Business and Social Sciences Division
     (650) 949-7197

Foothill campus
Office: 3017
Office Hours:
Variable, depends on the quarter I am teaching. Please look at my door or email me.

Old CV -- cv_connell_2.14.docx

Relatively recent article to view online:
SAA Archaeological Record January 2012

Other Articles:

Visit the Anthropology Department Website

or my main web page


Course information:
See our course listings at the Anthropology Department webpage.

Starting with Foothill College Anthropology and the Center for Applied Anthropology, the world is your oyster. You can become an archaeologist like me, or a Forensic specialist, or a field anthropologist who studies living cultures. At the very least you can use these courses to broaden your perspectives about the world and better prepare for the increasingly diverse and international job market.


I am an archaeologist who studies in Ecuador, Belize, California and now Ireland. My interests are in the rise of complexity in societies and issues surrounding colonization and resistance. I am also currently heavily involved with public and applied anthropology. Every summer we have brought field classes of 30 students to Ecuador in South America or Belize in Central America, and now for the summer 2015 we are starting a new program in Ireland! The focus is on late medieval castles in communities. Check out the Foothill Anthropology website:

Anthropology is a great springboard for broadening your horizons. It positions you for the future, by giving you the tools to expand your learning and giving potential employers the satisfaction of knowing that you have been able to interpret and understand other perspectives and other cultures.


This is my eighth year at Foothill and I am pleased to be here.

I came to the Bay Area from Hawaii where I was a Forensic Archaeologist specializing in the recovery and identification of Missing In Action U.S. service members from past wars. We mostly worked in Vietnam and Laos excavating plane crashes.

I received my degree from UCLA where I completed a dissertation on the Maya - I wrote about how regular people were connected to the kings. I surveyed and excavated at a place called Chaa Creek, which is a wonderful resort - check it out online. My studies assessed ways in which we can measure the degree of integration or connectedness among people in the past.

All of my studies were in Belize, until in 2000 when I began studying with my wife, Ana, in Ecuador. We are fortunate to be part of a special project that has been ongoing every summer in the highlands north of the capital Quito.

We look at Inca Fortresses, conducting excavations high in the Andes - on the edge of the Amazon at the equator.

While I have been traveling to Latin America and taking students on the field projects, but I also have worked in California, and hope to continue this now that I am at Foothill. We started a new exciting partnership with local archaeologists at institutions like Stanford and Santa Clara, we call it the Bay Area Cultural Landscape Research Group (BACLRG). Currently we are working on a grant to survey and document portions of the Santa Cruz Mountains with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

This is an exciting time to be involved with Anthropology at Foothill. Please stop by and visit anytime -- my door is always open.


Personal Quote:
In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.
L. Pasteur 1854

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