Associate Professor David J. Bernstein
Ph.D. State University of New York
at Binghamton, 1988
Phone: (631) 632-7615
David J. Bernstein is an archaeologist specializing in the prehistory of northeastern North America. Dr. Bernstein has directed numerous archaeological investigations on Long Island and elsewhere in the northeastern United States. Much of his work focuses on past Native American coastal societies, an interest he is now actively pursuing on Long Island in his role as Director of the Institute for Long Island Archaeology. Other areas of research specialization include the the reconstruction of prehistoric subsistence systems, the analysis of settlement seasonality, and the study of stone tool technologies.
Dr. Bernstein's recent work investigates long term trends in resource use among prehistoric Native Americans on the coast of northeastern North America. Excavations on Long Island and the coastal mainland document continuity in such things as the reliance upon a diverse set of locally available resources and the maintenance of fixed and relatively small social spaces for the last five thousand years of prehistory. The pattern of long term continuity on the coast contrasts sharply with that observed for the interior portions of the region.
The Institute for Long Island Archaeology, directed by Dr. Bernstein, is a research, educational, and applied organization affiliated with the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. It conducts research into Long Island's prehistoric and historic past, sponsors a summer field school, and operates an active program of cultural research management. The Institute offers research opportunities and financial support for graduate and undergraduate students interested in North American archaeology.
Bernstein, D.J. (2006) Long-Term Continuity in the Archaeological Record from the Coast of New York and Southern New England, USA. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 1(2):271-284.
Bernstein, D.J. and M.J. Lenardi (2005) Glacial Erratics as Sources of Lithic Raw Material: The McGregor Site on Long Island, New York. Lithic Technology 30(2):145-154.
Bernstein, D.J. (2002) Patterns in the Use of Non-Agrarian Botanical Resources in the Long Island and Block Island Sound Region of Eastern North America. In Hunter-Gatherer Archaeobotany: Perspectives from the Northern Temperate Zone, edited by J. Hather and S. Mason, pp. 74-83. Institute of Archaeology, University College, London.
Bernstein, D.J. (2002) Late Woodland Use of Coastal Resources at Mount Sinai Harbor, Long Island, New York. In A Lasting Impression: Coastal, Lithic, and Ceramic Research in New England Archaeology, edited by J.E. Kerber, pp.217-40. Greenwood Publishing, Westport, Connecticut.
Bernstein, D.J., M.J. Lenardi, D. Merwin, and L. Harvey Cantone (1996) Prehistoric Use of Wetland Environments: A Case Study from the Interior of Long Island New York. Northeast Anthropology 51:113 130.
Bernstein, D.J. (1993) Prehistoric Subsistence on the Southern New England Coast: The Record from Narragansett Bay. Academic Press, New York.
Bernstein, D.J. (1990) Prehistoric Seasonality Studies in Coastal Southern New England. American Anthropologist 92(1):96 115.
Gibb, J.G., D.J. Bernstein, and D.F. Cassedy (1990) Making Cheese: Archaeology of a Nineteenth Century Industry. Historical Archaeology 24(1):18 33.
Bernstein, D.J. (1983) Prehistoric Settlement Patterns in Costa Rica. Journal of the Steward Anthropology Society 14(1 2):407 416.<<<Go back