Martha Zierden is Curator of Historical Archaeology at The Charleston Museum, a position she has held since 1981. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. and an M.A. in Anthropology. She has conducted archaeological research and excavated numerous sites in Charleston and the surrounding lowcountry for three decades. This work has allowed her to explore the crevices and cracks, basements and backyards of many of Charleston’s most historic properties. She has collaborated with zooarchaeologist Elizabeth Reitz of University of Georgia to explore animal use and foodways in the city.
She is co-author of Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community, from University Press of Florida (2016). She has published articles in the journals Historical Archaeology and South Carolina Antiquities. Her research appears in edited books, including Another’s Country: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on Cultural Interactions in the Southern Colonies (University of Alabama Press), Unlocking the Past: Celebrating Historical Archaeology in North America (University Press of Florida), and Archaeology in South Carolina: Exploring the Hidden Heritage of the Palmetto State (University of South Carolina Press). She received the Whitelaw Founders Award from Historic Charleston Foundation in 2006.