Ph.D. Arizona State
I am an anthropological archaeologist whose primary research
interest is the development of sociopolitical complexity. Anthropological archaeologists
study the artifacts, structures, and other kinds of material remains from
prehistoric archaeological sites to learn how the occupants of those sites
lived and why their societies changed through time. The ultimate goal of
anthropological archaeology is to compare conclusions about different
prehistoric groups in order to develop general explanations for how human
societies operated and changed in the past.
interest is middle range societies, those which anthropologists have traditionally
labeled as tribes and chiefdoms and which have moderately developed
sociopolitical hierarchies – they are neither egalitarian nor as stratified as
states. Throughout my career, my research on these societies has addressed
three inter-related topics: 1) how they were organized in the past, 2) their
patterns of regional interaction, and 3) their material culture. My work on
these topics has focused primarily on two cases from the U.S. Southwest: 1) the
Hohokam of the Phoenix Basin in south-central Arizona
and, 2) the Chacoans of the San
Juan Basin in
northwest New Mexico.
I have also emphasized comparative research, documenting similarities and
differences among the Hohokam, Chacoans, and other
groups in the Southwest and elsewhere in order to expand archaeological
knowledge of middle range societies in general.
Culture change, development of complex societies, chiefdoms,
regional analysis, material culture and art, U.S. American Southwest
Anthropology and Human Nature; Anthropology of Clothes;
Anthropology of Death; Anthropology of Food; Anthropology of Sports;
Archaeological Interpretation; Globalization in Everyday Life; Interpreting the
Past; Introduction to Biological Anthropology; Introduction to Social and
Cultural Anthropology; Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology; Peoples of the
World; Prehistoric Human Ecology; Prehistory of North America; Pyramids,
Priests, and Palaces; Solving
Archaeological Mysteries; Tutorial in Archaeology
UD Graduate Courses
Impacts of European Contact on
Native Americans; Interpreting the Past; Pyramids, Priests, and Palaces; The Cultures of Women and Men: Anthropological Studies of
Gender; The Social Dimensions of the Material World; Time across Disciplines
- 2012 - The Magician: An
Ancestral Hopi Leader. In The Bioarchaeology
of Individuals, edited by A. Stodder
and A. Palkovich, pp. 11-25. University of
Florida Press, Gainesville.
- 2011 - Mixed Messages: Art
and Leadership in the Late Prehistoric Southwest: In Comparative
Archaeologies: Prehistoric Ibera (3000-1500BC)
and the American Southwest (AD 900-1600), edited by K. Lillios, pp. 229-256. Oxbow Books, Oxford, UK.
- 2011 – Comparing Art for the
American Southwest and Iberia.
In Comparative Archaeologies: Prehistoric Iberia (3000-1500BC) and the
American Southwest (AD 900-1600), edited by K. Lillios,
pp. 221-228. Oxbow Books, Oxford, UK. (with S. Fairen
- 2010 – Landscapes of
Complexity in Middle Range Societies: Peer Polities and the Hohokam
and Chacoans in the U.S. Southwest. In Ancient
Complexities: New Perspectives in Pre-Columbian North America, edited
by S. Alt, pp. 153-176. University
of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.
- 2009 – Pueblo Bonito. In Archaeology in America:
An Encyclopedia (Vol. 3, Southwest and Great Basin/Plateau), edited by
F.P. McManamon, pp. 75-78. Greenwood
Press, Westport, CT.
- 2007 – Architectural Studies
Bonito: The Past, the Present, and the Future. In Architecture of Chaco
Canyon, New Mexico, edited by S.H. Lekson,
pp. 127-154. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.
- 2006 – Modeling Site
Occupation Span and Developmental History: An Effort to Merge Survey and
Excavation Data in the U.S.
Southwest. In Managing Archaeological Data: Essays in Honor of Sylvia
W. Gaines, edited by J. Hantman and R Most,
pp. 71-84. Arziona State
Univeristy Anthropological Research Papers No.
(with J. Hantman)
- 2006 – Regional Population
Dynamics in the Northern Southwest. In Managing Archaeological Data:
Essays in Honor of Sylvia W. Gaines, edited by J. Hantman
and R. Most, pp. 85-104. Arizona
Research Papers Not. 57. Tempe. (with J. Hantman)
- 2012 – How the Southwest Was
Complex. Invited paper presented in the symposium “Leaving Lewis Henry
Morgan: New Studies of Societal Variation and Change” at the 77th
Annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis.
- 2011 – Facing Identity and
Interaction: Human Depictions on Prehistoric Southwest Pottery.
Contributed paper presented in the general session “Ceramics Analysis in
the United States” at
the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American
- 2010 – Hohokam-Chacoan Connections in the Late Prehistoric Southwest.
Contributed paper presented in the general session “Identity and
Interaction in the Desert Southwest” at the 75th Annual Meeting
of the Society for American Archaeology, St.
- 2009 – Identity and
Macro-regional Interaction in the U.S. Southwest. Invited paper presented
in the symposium “A Big View of Identity and Interaction: Macro-regional
Cultural Variation in the U.S. Southwest” at the 74th Annual
Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Atlanta.
- 2008 – Maker’s Marks on
Pueblo Bonito’s Pottery. Contributed paper presented in the general
session “Craft Production and Craftsmanship in Southwestern Archaeology”
at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American
- 2008 – Discussant Comments.
Invited paper presented in the symposium “The Chaco Stratigraphy Project:
Ongoing Research and Preliminary Results” at the 73rd Annual
Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver.
- 2007 – The Magician and Yoffee’s Rule: Studying Complexity in the Prehispanic Southwest. Invited paper presented in the
symposium ‘Confounding Categories and Conceptualizing Complexities” at the
72nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology,
- 2007 – The Magician:
Collaborative Studies of an Ancestral Hopi Leader. Invited poster
presented in the session “Personal Guides to Life in Antiquity: The Bioarchaeology of Individuals” at the 76th
Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Philadelphia.
- 2006 – Art and Power in the Prehispanic U.S. Southwest. Invited paper
presented in the advanced seminar “Comparative Archaeologies: The American
Southwest (A.D. 900-1600) and the Iberian Peninsula (3000-1500B.C.)” at
Center for Advanced
Studies, The University of Iowa, Iowa City.
- 2006 – Still Too Many Types:
A Comparison of Chiefdoms in the U.S. Southwest and Southeast.
Invited paper present in the symposium “Case Studies in Comparative
Archaeology” at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society for
American Archaeology, San Juan.