Frederic Baldwin Pearl

Associate Professor
Department of Liberal Studies, Anthropology

Phone: +1 (409) 740.4935

Sea Aggie Center, 401A


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What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

As a child, I wanted to be an explorer... to discover new things in far off places. Not very realistic, I suppose. Archaeology appealed to me because I'd be able to visit faraway places, discover some new things, and hopefully be able to share my love of history and archaeology with others.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

I hope they discover or fuel the flame of their passion. I want them to follow it, and one day, share it with others.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

I love to farm. I have a hobby farm where I try and grow vegetables and raise sheep and Icelandic sheep. I also enjoy music and painting.

Ph.D. Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 2000
Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 1997
B.A. Anthropology, San Diego State University, 1991
Courses Taught
ANTH 202: Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 350:
Old World Archaeology
MAST 333:
Viking Archaeology and Norse Mythology

Pearl, Frederic B. (2014) The Water Dragon and the Snake Witch: two Vendel Period picture stones from Gotland, Sweden. Current Swedish Archaeology 22: 137-156.

Pearl, Frederic B., and William Sauck (2014). Geophysical and geoarchaeological investigations at Aganoa beach, American Samoa: an early archaeological site in western Polynesia. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 29(6):462-476.

Pearl, Frederic B., and Sandy Loiseau-Vonruff (2007). Father Julien Vidal and the social transformation of a small Polynesian village (1787-1930): historical archaeology at Massacre Bay, American Samoa. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 11(1):32-59.

Johnson, Phillip R., Pearl, Frederic B., Eckert, Suzanne L., and William D. James (2007). INAA of pre-contact basalt quarries on the Samoan island of Tutuila: a preliminary baseline. Journal of Archaeological Science 34: 1078-1086.

Pearl, Frederic B. (2006). Late Holocene landscape evolution and land-use expansion in Tutuila, American Samoa. Asian Perspectives 45(1):48-68.

Eckert, Suzanne L., and Frederic B. Pearl (2006). Report on analysis of Polynesian plain ware from the Ulu Tree site, on the island of Tutuila, American Samoa. The Journal of Samoan Studies 2, 75-86.

Pearl, Frederic B. 2004 The chronology of mountain residential sites on Tutuila, American Samoa. The Journal of the Polynesian Society 114(4):331-348.

Pearl, Frederic B. (2004) Late-Pleistocene Archaeological and Geoarchaeological Investigations in the Mukogodo Hills and Ewaso Ng'iro Plains of Central Kenya. British Archaeological Reports; Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology Series (No. 59). ISBN 1841716073.

Pearl, Frederic B., and D. Bruce Dickson (2004). Geoarchaeology and prehistory of the Kipsing and Tol River watersheds in the Mukogodo Hills Region of Central Kenya. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 19(6):565-582.

Dickson, D. Bruce, Pearl, Frederic B., Gang, G., Kahinju, S., and S. Wandibba 2004 Site reconnaissance in the Kipsing and Tol River watersheds of central Kenya: Implications for Middle and Later Stone Age land-use patterns. African Archaeological Review 21(3):153-191.

Pearl, Frederic B., and Michael Waters (1999). A geoarchaeological assessment of alluvial valleys at Camp Pendleton with an overview of the important natural site formation process. Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly 35:19-32.

Shaffer, Brian S., J. Phil Dering, J. Labadie, Frederic B. Pearl, A. Michelle Huebner (1997). Bioturbation of submerged sites by the Asiatic clam: a case study from Amistad Reservoir SW Texas. Journal of Field Archaeology 24: 135-138.

Grants and Fellowships

Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities, Office of the Vice President for Research, Texas A&M University, $10,000; Archaeological investigations at Visne Angar: an abandoned Iron Age settlement in Gotland, Sweden (2015). 

2006: National Geographic Society, Committee for Research and Exploration, $17,500; The Polynesian Homeland Project: Understanding Life in the Ancestral Samoan Village of Aganoa (2006). Published in Pearl & Sauck 2014.

America Samoa Historic Preservation Office, $51,566; Archaeological Intensive Mapping, Background Research & Preparation of National Register Nomination of Lefutu, Old Vatia, and Old Pago Pago Prehistoric Villages (2005). Published in Pearl 2006

Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities, Office of the Vice President for Research, Texas A&M University, $10,000; Mystery of the Mountain Keeps of Samoa: An Archaeological Study of Ecological and Cultural Change (2004). Published in Pearl 2004. 

Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities, Office of the Vice President for Research, Texas A&M University, $10,000; Archaeology of Massacre Bay, American Samoa. Excavation of the site of first-contact between Europeans and Samoans. Published in Pearl (2006); Pearl & Loiseau-Vonruff 2007.