This community contains research materials by students and faculty members in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University. Included here are theses and dissertations, conference presentations and posters, reports, addenda, articles, and more. Members of the anthropology department conduct research in the Biocultural Lab, Geoarchaeology Lab, Lithic Analysis Lab, Paleoethnobotany Lab, Physical Anthropology Lab, Stable Isotope Lab, and the Zooarchaeology Lab. The department also maintains ethnographic and archaeological research collections, and study collections of floral, faunal, palynological, lithic, soil/sediment and ceramic materials. The Museum of Anthropology and the Plateau Center are additional resources for students.

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  • Bears Ears Controversy: Some Monumental Issues 

    Lipe, William D. (Archaeology Southwest, 1/8/2018)
    This blog post was published in January 2018 by WSU professor emeritus Bill Lipe in response to the Trump administration's announcement in December 2017 that it will radically shrink federally protected lands in Utah, ...
  • Bears Ears Controversy: Presidential Proclamation Modifying the Bears Ears National Monument 

    White House Press Office (12/4/2017)
    This proclamation by President Donald J. Trump details a significant reduction to the size of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante--previously federally protected lands in Utah. This reduction of ...
  • Grand Gulch: First Encounters and Lasting Impressions 

    Burrillo, R.E. (Blue Mountain Shadows: The Magazine of San Juan History, 2017-11)
    R.E. Burrillo hails from New York and, as an archaeologist, has an intense interest in the cultures of the Southwest. One of those cultures that he is particularly drawn to is that of the Ancestral Puebloans or Anasazi. ...
  • The Archaeology of Bears Ears 

    Burrillo, R.E. (SAA Archaeological Record, 2017-11)
    This report recounts the history of archaeology in the Bears Ears region of Utah (USA), including the Cedar Mesa Project.
  • Ideal-Free Distribution and Ancestral Pueblo Occupation of Cedar Mesa, Utah 

    McGill, Kendall (2017-04)
    Ideal-free distribution (IFD) has been increasingly adopted by archaeologists to address questions about the relationship between settlement distribution, environment, and economy. This behavioral ecology model theorizes ...
  • Costly Gobbling: Raising Turkeys in the Central Mesa Verde Area 

    Lipe, William D.; Ellyson, Laura; Bocinsky, Kyle; Lyle, Robin; Matson, R. G. (2017-03)
    This presentation focuses on comparisons of the Central Mesa Verde (CMV) and Northern Rio Grande (NRG) areas. Goals of the study included: 1.) Use NISP counts to assess relative abundance of turkey and artiodactyl bones ...
  • Bears Ears Archaeological Experts Gathering: Assessing and Looking Ahead 

    Doelle, Bill (Archaeology Southwest, 2017)
    This report shares the outcomes of a two-day gathering of archaeologists who work or have worked within what is now Bears Ears National Monument or in southeastern Utah more generally. Our gathering sought to tap their ...
  • Bears Ears Controversy: Presidential Proclamation -- Establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument 

    White House Press Office (12/28/2016)
    In this proclamation, the Office of the Press Secretary under the Barack Obama administration establishes Bears Ears National Monument.
  • Quantifying Household Inequality in Early Pueblo Villages 

    Kohler, Timothy A.; Higgins, Rebecca (University of Chicago Press, 2016-10)
    The rapid rise of the “Chaco phenomenon” in northern New Mexico in the ninth century AD invites a search for either historical precursors or generative processes that might have explanatory utility. We analyze one candidate ...
  • Too Many Turkeys?? 

    Lipe, William D. (3/15/2016 )
    This PowerPoint presentation was delivered March 15, 2016, at Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, AZ. It poses the question "Did raising extra corn for turkeys put too much stress on Pueblo farming in the AD 1200s?"
  • Too Many Turkeys?? 

    Lipe, William D.; Ellyson, Laura; Matson, R. G.; Lyle, Robin (3/1/2016 0)
    This PowerPoint presentation was delivered in March 2016 at the Society of Ethnobiology meetings in Tucson, AZ. The presentation has various goals, including: Describe increase in turkeys and decrease in artioodactyls in ...
  • Exploration and exploitation in the macrohistory of the pre-Hispanic Pueblo Southwest 

    Bocinsky, R. Kyle; Rush, Johnathan; Kintigh, Keith W.; Kohler, Timothy A. (Science Advances, 2016)
    Cycles of demographic and organizational change are well documented in Neolithic societies, but the social and ecological processes underlying them are debated. Such periodicities are implicit in the “Pecos classification,” ...
  • The social consequences of climate change in the Central Mesa Verde region 

    Schwindt, Dylan M.; Bocinsky, R. Kyle; Ortman, Scott G.; Glowacki, Donna M.; Varien, Mark D.; Kohler, Timothy A. (American Antiquity, 2016)
    The consequences of climate change vary over space and time. Effective studies of human responses to climatically induced environmental change must therefore sample the environmental diversity experienced by specific ...
  • Leaving Mesa Verde: The Great Pueblo Migrations of the 13th Century 

    Lipe, William D. (11/3/2015 )
    This presentation was given November 3, 2015, at Southern Methodist University. The presentation deals with questions about where the former inhabitants of the Cedar Mesa region in the American Southwest migrated to in the ...
  • A 2,500-Year Neolithic Revolution in the American Southwest 

    Lipe, William D. (11/3/2015 )
    This presentation briefly reviews diverse early agricultural site complexes in both the southern and northern parts of the American Southwest and questions the usefulness of a single concept of how the elements of a ...
  • Leaving Mesa Verde: The Great Pueblo Migrations of the 13th Century 

    Lipe, William D. (9/10/2015 )
    This presentation was given in May 2014 at the Spokane chapter meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). The presentation deals with questions about where the former inhabitants of the Cedar Mesa region in ...
  • Dynamics of Thirteenth-Century Depopulation of the Northern San Juan: The View from Cedar Mesa 

    Matson, R. G.; Lipe, William D.; Curewitz, Diane (8/12/2015 )
    This document comprises supplemental information to accompany the complete article submitted to the journal Kiva in August 2015.
  • Aggression, Aggregation, and Abandonment in Southwestern Prehistory 

    Coupland, Gary (8/5/2015 0)
    During the 12th and 13th centuries AD, and especially during the latter part of this time period, the various populations of Pueblo Indians of the Colorado Plateau began a process of abandonment. Gradually, they withdrew ...
  • Background Notes for the 1980 Turkey Pen ARPA Trial 

    Lipe, William D. (7/16/2015 )
    This document comprises notes by William D. Lipe, which he prepared in December 1979 at the request of the US Attorney, which was prosecuting the first court case brought under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act ...
  • The Kiln Conference at Crow Canyon: A Summary Report, 1991 to 1996 

    Ermigiotti, Paul (7/16/2015 )
    This report describes the Kiln Conference, whose purpose it is to examine Ancestral Puebloan pottery firing technology from a wide range of interests including potters, archaeologists, ethnobotanists and Native Americans. ...

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