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Dr. Walter R. T. Witschey, Research Professor of Anthropology and Geography, joined the Longwood faculty in 2007, and is affiliated with the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, where he taught the Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, and with the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice, where he taught Introduction to Anthropology, Maya Archaeology, and Early Civilizations. His focus today is on research and service projects, and he no longer teaches regular undergraduate courses.
Walter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Princeton University (1963), a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Operations Research from the University of Virginia (1965), and a Master of Arts (1989) and Ph.D. (1993) In Anthropology (Maya Archaeology) from Tulane University. He specializes in computer modeling, geographic information systems with remote sense data, and the archaeology of the ancient Maya culture.
His current research includes computer modeling to locate Native American sites on the Chesapeake Bay (as a research fellow with Longwood’s Institute of Archeology) and Maya settlement pattern analysis (the Electronic Atlas of Ancient Maya Sites, with Dr. Clifford T. Brown). His two most recent books are the Historical Dictionary of Ancient Mesoamerica and the Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya.
He is Past President of the Virginia Academy of Science, and Director Emeritus of the Science Museum of Virginia, where he served from 1992-2007. He previously served as a Scientific Systems Engineer for IBM from 1965-1969, and as CEO of an information technology business he co-founded in 1969 from 1969-1984. From 1985 to 1992 he was in the Ph.D. program at Tulane.
He loves to garden, as well as travel, and leads and participates in tours to archaeological sites, most recently in Mexico and Guatemala, Peru, and China. He and his wife Joan have five children and twelve grandchildren.
Visit his home page at http://www.longwood.edu/staff/witscheywr/.