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Dr. Christian Haunton is an Omaha native who earned his BS in Criminal Justice at UNO and his MA in Religious Studies and PhD in Anthropology (with a focus in Historical Archaeology) at the University of Iowa. His research interests revolve around the relationship between constructed realities (like mythology, superstition, and supernatural beliefs) and object-based realities (like artifacts, relics, and found-document storytelling). From 2012 to 2016 Christian directed excavations at Amana, Iowa, the site of one of America’s longest-lived and most successful utopian communities. These excavations explored the ways in which the changing religious beliefs and cultural norms of the Amana communities were reflected in their material record, and their use of public and private landscapes.
When not picking the bones of history and culture, Christian’s non-academic interests include hand bookbinding, immersive experience design, fountain pens, and of course, films.