The program in archaeology emphasizes research and training in the prehistory of the Americas including the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia to northern California, the Columbia Plateau, the Pueblo societies of the Southwest, Mesoamerica, and the Andes, with additional strengths in South Asia, China, Japan, and Korea. Faculty research employs ceramic analysis, paleoeconomic and paleoenvironmental approaches including geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, and macrobotanical analysis, as well as well as stable isotope analysis, archaeometry via gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and modeling and simulation. Training in extraction and analysis of ancient DNA is available through our Evolutionary program. 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: 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: American Southwest including Bandelier National Monument and southwestern Colorado; modeling and quantitative analysis; cooperative behavior; reciprocity; and other evolutionary processes in Neolithic societies.
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.
Interests: India and South Asia; the adoption of new subsistence strategies; links between subsistence, material culture and settlement systems; ethnobiology; paleoethnobotany; and field archaeology (on Vancouver campus).