William Hampton Adams received an A.B. in anthropology from Indiana University in 1970, an M.A. in anthropology in 1972 and a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1976 from Washington State University. He has served on the faculties of Washington State University, University of Florida, Oregon State University, and Flinders University, as well as Senior Staff Archaeologist at Colonial Williamsburg. He is past president of the Society for Historical Archaeology and served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Professional Archaeologists.
Dr. Adams has conducted oral histories and research on historical sites across the United States, as well as in Australia, Canada, the Middle East, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia. In the latter three countries he has been working with indigenous peoples on preserving their cultural heritage while developing their economies. He is an internationally recognized scholar in historical archaeology and in cultural heritage management.
Dr. Adams and his wife, Mel, have two young children. Their interests include gardening, hiking, and canoeing.