Britt Hartenberger

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Britt Hartenberger
Associate Director of the Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies and Faculty Specialist of IIAS
(269) 387-3983
1031 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5494
Mailing address: 
Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5494 USA
Office hours: 

Monday and Wednesday, 2 to 3 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 to 12 p.m.
And by appointment

  • Ph.D., Archaeology, Boston University, 2003
  • MA, Archaeology, Boston University, 1999
  • BA, Anthropology, Kalamazoo College, 1995
Research interests: 
  • Prehistoric economies and technology and rise of social complexity
  • Craft specialization and organization of production
  • Household studies

Dr. Britt Hartenberger is the acting associate director and a faculty specialist of Anthropology in the Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies at Western Michigan University. Her research has included archaeological excavation and lithics and ceramics analysis at urban sites in Cyprus, Greece, Syria and Turkey. Her specialty is craft production and household organization in the Bronze and Iron Ages.

In 1998 Hartenberger joined the Titris Höyük archaeological project in Turkey, where a workshop for the production of specialized flint blades was discovered. The analysis of this find and intra-site comparisons between specialist and nonspecialist lithic production formed the basis of her dissertation. From 2005 to 2015, she served as the lithics analyst and microdebris specialist at the Iron Age site of Ziyaret Tepe in southeastern Turkey. Ziyaret Tepe was an outpost of the Neo-Assyrian empire and research team is investigating the organization of the city, Neo-Assyrian interactions with the local population, and the impact of the city on the ancient environment. Hartenberger is now working on publishing the various finds including the pottery from the site. In 2019, she began working as a microdebris specialist with the Olynthos project in Greece, a Classical period site where the research focus includes analysis of households.