His field research and teaching seek to explore and expand the application of archaeology to better understand colonial encounters and post-colonial persistence and change in Native America. Professor Hantman is interested in indigenous models of time and landscape and their role in archaeological interpretation. He has worked with the Monacan Indian Nation on writing collaborative histories and the repatriation of human remains and artifact collections to the Monacan Tribal Center in Amherst, Virginia. Professor Hantman has directed the University of Virginia’s Summer Archaeological Field School in Virginia, focusing on Monacan towns and ritual centers.
Professor Hantman teaches courses in the Archaeology of North America, the Archaeology of Virginia, Archaeology as History, Native America, and an introductory course on Human Origins. Professor Hantman has received the Monacan Tribal Association Award for Contributions to Monacan Culture, the Virginia Social Science Association Anthropology Scholar of the Year Award, the University of Virginia’s All University Teaching Award, the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Hillel Student Association, and he has served on several state boards and commissions overseeing historic landmarks and preservation planning in Virginia.