Marieka Brouwer Burg

Phone: (603) 862-2548
Office: Anthropology, Huddleston Hall Rm 307, Durham, NH 03824
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Dr. Marieka Brouwer Burg is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire. Her dissertation research focused on hunter-gatherer land use strategies in the Post Glacial Netherlands. As part of this work, she received a Fulbright fellowship and spent a year working closely with colleagues at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, the Groningen Institute of Archaeology, University of Groningen, and Utrecht University. Dr. Brouwer Burg continues to research the effects of paleo-climate and paleo-environmental change on past human decision-making through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Computational analyses. She has conducted research in the Netherlands, New Mexico, and Belize, most recently serving as the Laboratory Director and GIS Specialist on the Belize River East Archaeology (BREA) Research Project and co-instructing the UNH-sponsored study abroad field school. Marieka is one of two CEITL Faculty Fellows for the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) and is passionate about innovative pedagogy and ​the use of digital technologies to enhance learning and improve student engagement/outcomes. Relatedly, she is an Open Educational Resource (OER) Ambassador and a core member of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Faculty Network.


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Michigan State University
  • M.A., Anthropology, Michigan State University
  • B.A., Art History,Criticism&Conserv., University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Research Interests

  • Archaeology: prehistory
  • Geospatial/computational analysis
  • Human-landscape dynamics
  • OER
  • Open/Engaged pedagogy

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 411: Global Perspectives:Intro Anth
  • ANTH 412: Adventures in Archaeology
  • ANTH 501: World Archaeological Cultures
  • ANTH 511: Core Concepts in Anthropology
  • ANTH 514: Method & Theory in Archaeology
  • ANTH 601: Top/Pop Cult Archaeology/Honor
  • ANTH 700: Internship
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Anthropology

Selected Publications

Howey, M. C. L., & Brouwer Burg, M. (2017). Assessing the state of archaeological GIS research: Unbinding analyses of past landscapes. Journal of Archaeological Science, 84, 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2017.05.002

Brouwer Burg, M. (2017). It must be right, GIS told me so! Questioning the infallibility of GIS as a methodological tool. Journal of Archaeological Science, 84, 115-120. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2017.05.010

Burg, M. B., Peeters, H., & Lovis, W. A. (2016). Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis in Archaeological Computational Modeling. Springer.

Brouwer Burg, M., Runggalider, A., & Harrison-Buck, E. (2016). The Afterlife of Earthen-Core Buildings: A Taphonomic Study of Threatened and Effaced Architecture in Central Belize. Journal of Field Archaeology, 41(1), 17-36.

Brouwer Burg, M., Runggaldier, A., & Harrison-Buck, E. (2016). The afterlife of earthen-core buildings: A taphonomic study of threatened and effaced architecture in Central Belize. Journal of Field Archaeology, 41(1), 17-36. doi:10.1080/00934690.2015.1129255

Preclassic Roots of Well-Trodden Routes in the Eastern Maya Lowlands, Belize (2015).

Examining the Utility of Sensitivity Analysis as a Means of Testing Archaeological Models (2014). Retrieved from

Brouwer Burg, M. (2013). Reconstructing “total” paleo-landscapes for archaeological investigation: an example from the central Netherlands. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40(5), 2308-2320. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2013.01.008

Most Cited Publications