The program in archaeology emphasizes research and training in the prehistory of the Americas including Alaska, the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia to northern California, the Columbia Plateau, the Great Basin, the Pueblo societies of the Southwest, Mesoamerica, and the Andes. Faculty research employs ceramic analysis, lithic analysis, paleoeconomic and paleoenvironmental approaches including geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, microbotanical and macrobotanical analysis, as well as well as stable isotope analysis, archaeometry via gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and modeling and simulation. Students gain practical experience in methods through a group of laboratory training courses unique to WSU, and are exposed to explanatory perspectives derived from evolutionary theory, agency and practice theory, and the study of complex adaptive systems.
Please contact the Archaeology Graduate Coordinator or Student Representative for more information:
(Dr. Andrefsky is not currently accepting new graduate students.)
Interests: Columbia Plateau, Arctic, and the Northern Great Basin; hunter-gatherer human organization; lithic analysis; Neolithic transition.
Interests: Hunter-gatherer adaptations and landscape use, peopling of the Americas, prehistory of Alaska and the Great Basin, environmental archaeology, geoarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, lithic analysis
Interests: American Southwest; community formation; organizational transitions associated with increasing population consolidation; social and ethnic identity and migration.
Interests: Pacific Northwest Coast, complex hunter-gatherers, faunal analysis.
Interests: Organization of technology, lithic technology, Mesoamerica, Maya, economic organization, political economy, lithic sourcing, experimental archaeology
(Dr. Kohler is not currently accepting new graduate students.)
Interests: US Southwest; modeling and quantitative analysis; cooperative behavior; reciprocity; climate change and Neolithic societies; theory in archaeology.
Interests: New world societies; zooarchaeology, human osteology and stable isotope analysis.
Interests: Pacific Northwest Coast, California; Hunter-gatherers, evolutionary ecology, ethnoarchaeology, archaeometry, colonial encounters, contemporary indigenous communities.