Gregory H. Bondar

Digging among the Georgian cowsGreetings!

I am currently a Lecturer in Anthropology, Archaeology, and sometimes STS (Science, Technology, and Society) for branch campuses of both Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh.

When I’m not flailing away in a cloud of chalk-dust seemingly trying to tease thought from the air, I am sometimes in the lab performing research using a technique called Neutron Activation Analysis at Penn State's Breazeale nuclear reactor to determine the chemical characteristics of a prehistoric lithic material called meta-rhyolite. Ultimately, I hope to be able to reconstruct how projectile points made of this stuff were traded across the prehistoric landscape of eastern North America.

I'm interested in this stuff because, in my undergraduate youth, I earned a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and combined them in grad school at Penn State in Anthropology studying archaeological materials. This gave me a great excuse to play around with incredibly complex pieces of scientific equipment, and a nuts-and-bolts background into studying Science, Technology, and Society.

Here's my curriculum vitae in case you'd like to help!

I encourage you to investigate my web pages about the Archaeological Sites of the Southwest. I've spent 12 summers in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado because my dad worked as a ranger there. I guess that's a big reason why I went into archaeology.

In addition to honing skills in research and teaching at Penn State, I met my beautiful and brilliant colleague, wife, and fellow adventurer, Elisa Beshero-Bondar, who has a homepage.

Here's some web-sites that I think are cool!

Well, thanks for bearing with this rather crude pre-FaceBook page of mine. If you have any comments of suggestions or just want to say "Hi!" feel free to send me e-mail: ghb1 at

Farewell and Cheers! of 14:00 EST on August 17, 1998.