About Meredith Reifschneider

Meredith Reifschneider is a historic archaeologist whose primary research interests are the social politics of medicine, African Diaspora archaeology, Virgin Islands history, Scandinavian colonialism, and material culture studies.

Her geographic area of interest is the Caribbean, although she has worked extensively in the Southwest US, Greece, and Albania. She is the director of an ongoing archaeological research project in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands at Estate Cane Garden. The focus of this research is to understand how the Danish colonial healthcare system, implemented in the early 19th century, impacted medical practices and understandings of the body and health by various individuals to include enslaved patients, enslaved care providers, European trained physicians, and Danish colonial legislators.

In addition to her own research project, Meredith has worked extensively with archaeological materials from the Market Street Chinatown in San Jose, CA. Market Street Chinatown was an Asian American community founded in the 1860s and occupied until it was destroyed in an arson fire in 1887. The goal of the Market Street Chinatown Archaeological Project is to catalog and analyze archaeological collections excavated during the 1980s in order to make them available for research and education.