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Philip C. LaPorta
Margaret C. Brewer-LaPorta
Scott A. Minchak
Jamie McIntyre
Michael A. Conrow

Philip C. LaPorta


Ph.D. (geology/archaeological geology), The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2009
M.Phil. (geology), The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 1996
M.A. (geology/archaeological geology), Queens College of the City University of New York, 1990
B.A. (anthropology/geology), Rutgers University, New Jersey, 1977

-- Attended graduate program in anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton (1977-1979)

Dissertation Title

The Stratigraphy and Structure of the Cambrian and Ordovician Chert-Bearing Carbonates of the Wallkill River Valley: The Stratigraphic Nature of the Chert and their Archaeological Potential

Research Interests

Northeastern United States hunter/gatherer prehistory, prehistoric quarries and quarry technology, archaeometry, trade and exchange systems, lithic provenance studies, Paleolithic of southern India, Israel, Bulgaria and Egypt, industrial archaeology, ethnoarchaeology of mine and quarry communities, social stratification and ethnicity in historic mine and quarry communities, history of water power and mills

Cambrian-Ordovician carbonates, nodular and bedded cherts, Appalachian structural geology and stratigraphy, carbonate diagenesis and reef growth through time, economic ore deposits, history and philosophy of geology, history of mining and quarry technology

Professional Experience




Executive Director, The Center for the Investigation of Native and Ancient Quarries, Goshen, New York. 








Professor, Adjunct, Pace University, Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences, Pleasantville, New York. 






1993-present President and Founding Member, LaPorta and Associates, L.L.C., Geological Consultants d/b/a LPA Geoarchaeological Consultants, L.L.C. in Pennsylvania


  • Prehistoric quarry identification and mitigation, raw material analysis, regional geological studies, geomorphology and sedimentology of archaeological sites




Visiting Scientist, Giza Plateau Mapping Project, Ancient Egypt Research Associates