JHerrmann_picI am an anthropological archaeologist interested in the relationships between ancient peoples and the built and natural environments in which they lived. I use geographic information science (GIS), aerial and satellite remote sensing, and archaeological geophysics, to analyze ways in which landscapes influenced patterns of settlement and land use, as well as the ways in which past people transformed the landscapes around them.

My research has focused on two regions: the Near East with projects in Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan where I study settlement patterns and landscapes surrounding large urban centers, and North America where I concentrate on the mound-building societies of the Midwest USA. I also am developing projects in the Central and Western Mediterranean as well as here locally in Philadelphia, where I am the Kowalski Family Teaching Specialist for Digital Archaeology in the Center for Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) at the University of Pennsylvania Museum.