Dr. Ned Farley, RPA
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
- B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, May 1994
- M.A., Wichita State University, May 1998
- Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, May 2011
Dissertation Title: Re-Imagining the American Frontier: Mortuary Patterns at Mount Hope Cemetery, 1840-1889 (Walworth County, Wisconsin)
- Forensic Anthropology
- Physical Geography
- Irish Diaspora: American Midwest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
As an anthropologist, Ned Farley has spent the majority of his academic and professional career researching and working in the field, bringing together his interest in human biology and culture. In the early 1990s, as an employee of the Great Lakes Archaeological Research Center (GLARC; Milwaukee, Wisconsin), he joined a field crew studying the Milwaukee County Pauper Cemetery. Under the direction of Patricia Richards, Ph.D. Ned was exposed to the challenges of professional archaeology and its application to historic cemeteries in urban contexts. Later that year, in Oconto County he joined GLARC to survey land slated for the expansion of Wisconsin State Highway 22. In this case, the ethical and legal conflicts that exist between the requirements of a municipal development project and the concerns of local property owners became apparent to Ned and his crewmates.
In the mid-1990s, while living in Kansas, Ned worked with Wichita's City Archaeology Office. Under the direction of Michael Brack, Ned and a team of researchers reconstructed the history of land use along State Highway 54. The lives of nineteenth century Midwestern homesteaders became the centerpiece to this study as Ned and his colleagues examined the agricultural industries that developed around the growing city of Wichita in the 1870s and 1880s. The artifacts that were recovered as highway corridors were surveyed reinforced the mixed agricultural practices of these migrants. Ned’s later work at Wichita's Maple Grove Cemetery studied the biological development of the Kansas frontier. As was the case with his doctoral research, his work at Maple Grove cemetery reinforced the biological isolation that often accompanied life in the frontier environment of the American Midwest.
While in Connecticut, in the late-1990s, Ned worked for Historical Perspectives Inc. (HPI). The archaeological research of the HPI staff introduced him to the archaeology of historic maritime communities along the eastern seaboard of the United States. As a contract archaeologist, Ned studied the history of the Steel Point peninsula (a natural harbor along Connecticut's south-central coast surveyed by HPI in the spring and summer of 1999). Though many of the property's maritime features were lost to the city's Harbour Place development, HPI's efforts documented the presence of coastal shell middens and the plan of a nineteenth century fishing community. This project gave rise to several other archaeological projects in the surrounding urban environment, including the documentation of historic industries associated with the Singer Sewing company of New Haven, and the Brass casting industry of the Farmington Valley to the north.
In the fall of 2000, Ned returned to Wisconsin to complete his doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His work with the university's department of Anthropology represented the culmination of his field experiences and his interest in the material and biological qualities of human culture. In 2008 Ned became an assistant professor of anthropology at Wisconsin Lutheran College and in May of 2011 he completed his Ph.D. The subject of his research at UWM was the mortuary development of a frontier cemetery in eastern Walworth County, Wisconsin. The work that Ned, his colleagues, and students conducted at Mount Hope contributed to the knowledge that anthropologists have of the biological effects of human migration and settlement, and the mortuary practices of early settlers. Today, the cemetery and a prehistoric encampment discovered directly north and east of its eastern border are recognized by the state's Division of Historic Preservation and Public History. Ned's continued study of the surrounding landscape tests the idea that frontier settlers and early homesteaders developed strong social relationships with the region's indigenous populations.
Ned’s hope is that students of WLC – through their exposure to the research methods of bioarchaeologists, biologists, and anthropologists – can pursue similar professional and academic opportunities as they apply their classroom knowledge to the field.
- Introduction to Archaeology
- Archaeology and Death
- Physical Anthropology
- Physical Geography
2012 Keynote Speaker, "Grave Consequences: The Health, Demography and Archaeology of the Wisconsin Prairie Population, 1840-1889." The 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2011 Guest Lecturer, "Anthropological Reason and Christian Scholarship," The Wisconsin Association of Lutheran Educators, Fall Conference, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2009 Lecture Series in Anthropology, Foundations, Faith Lutheran Church and Wisconsin Lutheran College, Sharpsburg, Georgia.
2008 Appointment as Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of Letters and Sciences, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2006 Called as an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, College of Letters and Sciences, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2001 Appointment as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, College of Letters and Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1991 Dean's List, University of Wisconsin-Washington County, West Bend, Wisconsin.
2013 Participant, Phase Three Survey, Milwaukee County Pauper Cemetery (MCIG), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2011 Scientist, Wisconsin Lutheran College's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
2008 Project Archaeologist, a phase one archaeological survey of Mount Hope Cemetery, Burlington, Wisconsin.
2008 Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Topic Areas: Archaeology, Anthropology, Physical Geography).
2007 Participant, College Advancement Initiative, principle faculty liaison, HOPE High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2007 Guest presenter and tutor, "Hopewell at HOPE," familiarizing students of the central-city with American Archaeology, HOPE High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2006 Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Topic Areas: Archaeology, Anthropology Physical Geography).
2002 Faculty Representative, Anthropology Student Union, Department of Anthropology, College of Letters and Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2001 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1999 Co-author, Fort Trumbull: Ramparts, Sonar and Subs, Connecticut Department of Parks and Recreation, New London, Connecticut.
1999 Project Archaeologist and Principle Author, reconnaissance survey of the Steel Point Peninsula, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
1999 Project Archaeologist, reconnaissance survey of the Hall-Brooke Hospital property, Westport, Connecticut.
1998 Researcher, archaeological survey of impact corridors, Kansas Highway 54 project, City Archaeology Office, Wichita, Kansas.
1998 Principle Researcher, Department of Anthropology, Physical Anthropology Laboratory, demography, Maple Grove Cemetery, Wichita, Kansas.
1997 Department of Anthropology, Physical Anthropology Laboratory, NAGPRA compliance study, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.
1997 The Haley's Point Site (34MA15) Study, Wichita, Kansas.
1996 Phase Three Survey, the Botel Bailey Site, Castle Douglas, Scotland.
1995 Phase Two Survey, the Blue Eye Spring Site, Wichita State University, Osage Beach, Missouri.
1994 Phase One Survey, State Highway 22 Expansion Project, Great Lakes Archaeological Research Center, Oconto, Wisconsin.
1992 Phase Three Survey, Milwaukee County Pauper Cemetery Study, Great Lakes Archaeological Research Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1991 Phase Three Survey, Fort Ross Cemetery, Fort Ross State Park, Sonoma County, California.
2013-2014 Milwaukee's Early Irish: Irish Diaspora and the Role of the Church in Urban American Settlement and Assimilation, 1890-1922. Anthropology Matters (Under Review; Submitted, April 2013).
1999 Fort Trumbull: Ramparts, Sonar and Subs. New London, Conn.: The New London Development Commission.
1997 "Identity, Self in Context: 67214, Wichita, Kansas." Lambda Alpha Journal. 27:45-58.
Membership in Professional Organizations
2011-2013 Wisconsin Archaeological Survey
2011-2013 Wisconsin Lutheran College's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
2011-2013 Member, Register of Professional Archaeologists, Baltimore, Maryland
2010-2013 American Anthropological Association
2010-2013 The Archaeological Division of the American Anthropological Association
2010-2013 Biological Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association
Disease and Death: A Study of Skeletal Growth and Syphilis. Milwaukee, Wis. February, 2010.
Milwaukee's Early Irish: Saint Patrick's Church Community and Milwaukee's History of City Building. E-Keltoi. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Milwaukee, Wis. 2009.
Archaeological Assessment Survey: Mount Hope. Burlington, Wis. Farley, Thompson, and Vande Sand. Milwaukee, Wis. December, 2008.
Agriculture in Wisconsin: A Study of Craniofacial and Cranial Vault Architecture. Milwaukee, Wis. Hartmann, and Moll, Milwaukee, Wis. December 2008.
Harbour Place Redevelopment Project. TPA Design Group, New Haven, Conn. July 1999.
Archaeological Assessment Survey: Hall-Brooke Foundation. Westport, Conn. Levett, Rockwood, and Saunders, Westport, Conn. June 1999.
Maple Grove Cemetery (1890 to 1997). Department of Anthropology and the Graduate School, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan. Spring 1998.
The Haley's Point Site (34MA15). Department of Anthropology, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan. Summer 1997.