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Anthropology | William D. Lipe

Ph.D., Yale University
Professor Emeritus


Research Interests

William D. Lipe is an archaeologist with expertise in the North American Southwest, archaeological method and theory, and cultural resource management. His Ph.D. (Yale 1966) was based on fieldwork in the Glen Canyon area of southeastern Utah. Subsequent major field projects have included work in the Cedar Mesa region of Utah and the Dolores region of southwestern Colorado. Since the 1980s, he has collaborated with archaeologists at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado on studies of Pueblo settlement patterns, community organization, and socio-cultural change in the Northern San Juan region of Colorado and Utah. Prior to joining the WSU faculty in 1976, Dr. Lipe was Assistant Director of the Museum of Northern Arizona, and Assistant and Associate Professor at Binghamton University in New York. From 1995 to 1997, he was President of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA). He regularly taught a graduate course titled Introduction to Archaeological Method and Theory (ANTH 530) for many years. He was recognized with the WSU College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 1997, the John F. Seiberling Award from the Society of Professional Archaeologists in 1998, the SAA Distinguished Service Award in 2000, and the A.V. Kidder Award from the American Anthropological Association in 2010.


Archiving the Archaeologists

Professor Emeritus Bill Lipe was interviewed at the 2019 Society for American Archaeology (SAA) meetings in Albuquerque as part of the SAA History of Archaeology Interest Group’s project designed to capture the recollections of senior archaeologists about how they became interested in archaeology, what their careers were like, and how they view the field today.  The video of the interview (with added photographs and some additional information) has now been posted on the SAA YouTube site at


Representative Publications

2016  Cultural and Genetic Contexts for Early Turkey Domestication in the Northern Southwest. American Antiquity 81(1):97-113. Lipe, William D., R. Kyle Bocinsky, Brian S. Chisholm, Robin Lyle, David M. Dove, R.G. Matson, Elizabeth Jarvis, Kathleen Judd, and Brian M. Kemp

2016  What Do We See When We Look at Rock Art? In Rock Art, A Vision of a Vanishing Cultural Landscape, edited by Jonathan Bailey, pp. 21-23. Johnson Books, Boulder, CO.

2016 Short-term Variability of Human Diet at Basketmaker II Turkey Pen Ruins, Utah:Insights From Bulk and Single Amino Acid Isotope Analysis of Hair. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 5:10-18. Cooper, C., K. Lupo, R.G. Matson, W. Lipe, C.I. Smith, and M.P. Richards

2015  Dynamics of the Thirteenth-century Depopulation of the Northern San Juan: the view from Cedar Mesa. Kiva 80(3-4). Matson, R.G., William D. Lipe, and Diane Curewitz

2014 Tortuous and Fantastic: Cultural and Natural Wonders of Greater Cedar Mesa. Archaeology Southwest Magazine 28(3-4). Lipe, William D. (editor)

2013 Cliff Dwellers of Cedar Mesa: The Culture, Sites, and Exodus of the Ancestral Puebloans.  Canyonlands Natural History Association, Moab, UT. Rommes, Donald J. and William D. Lipe

2013 Stone-boiling Maize with Limestone: Experimental Results and Implications for Nutrition Among SE Utah Preceramic Groups.  Journal of Archaeological Science 40:35-44. Ellwood, Emily, Paul Scott, William D. Lipe, R.G. Matson, and John Jones

2012 Why We Did We Do It That Way: The University of Utah Glen Canyon Project in Retrospect.  In Glen Canyon, Legislative Struggles, and Contract Archaeology: Papers in Honor of Carol Condie, edited by E.J. Brown, C.J. Condie, and H. Crotty, pp. 87-104. Papers of the Archaeol. Soc. of New Mexico, No. 38.  Albuquerque.

2011  New Insights from Old Collections: Cedar Mesa, Utah Revisited.  Southwestern Lore 77(2-3):103-111.  Lipe, William D., R.G. Matson, and Brian Kemp

2010 Standing Out Versus Blending In: Pueblo Migrations and Ethnic Marking.  In Movement, Connectivity, and Landscape Change in the Ancient Southwest, edited by Margaret C. Nelson and Colleen A. Strawhacker, pp. 277-298.   University Press of Colorado, Boulder Stone. Tammy and William D. Lipe

2010   Curating Research Careers: The Cedar Mesa Project, Utah.  Heritage Management 3(2):233-254. Collins, Mary, William D. Lipe, and Diane Curewitz

2010  Complex History for Turkey Domestication in Pre-Contact North America.    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 (7) 2807-2812. Speller, Camilla F., Brian M. Kemp, Scott D. Wyatt, Cara Monroe, William D. Lipe, Ursula M. Arndt, and Dongya Yang

2010  Lost in Transit: The Central Mesa Verde Archaeological Complex.  In Leaving  Mesa Verde: Peril and Change in the Thirteenth-Century Southwest, edited by T.A. Kohler, M.D. Varien, and A. Wright, pp. 262-284.  U.of AZ Press, Tucson

2009  Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management: Visions for the Future. School of Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe, NM. Sebastian, Lynne and William D. Lipe (editors)

2006  Notes from the North.  In The Archaeology of Chaco Canyon, an Eleventh-Century Pueblo Regional Center, edited by Stephen H. Lekson, pp. 261-313. School of American Research Press, Santa Fe, NM


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