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Anthropology | Archaeology Program

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:

 

Archaeology Faculty
DR. WILLIAM ANDREFSKY
(Due to his appointment as Dean of the Graduate School, 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.
Email:
  and@wsu.edu

DR. JADE D’ALPOIM GUEDES

Interests: China; archeobotany, human osteology, paleoclimate reconstruction, ecological niche modeling.
Email:
jadedalpoimguedes@wsu.edu

DR. ANDREW DUFF

Interests: American Southwest; community formation; organizational transitions associated with increasing population consolidation; social and ethnic identity and migration.
Email:
duff@wsu.edu

DR. MELISSA GOODMAN ELGAR

Interests: Andean prehistory; geoarchaeology; archaeological theory; agriculture; and human impact on landscapes.
Email:
mage@wsu.edu

DR. COLIN GRIER

Interests: Pacific Northwest Coast, complex hunter-gatherers, faunal analysis.
Email:
cgrier@wsu.edu

DR. TIM A. KOHLER

Interests: American Southwest including Bandelier National Monument and southwestern Colorado; modeling and quantitative analysis; cooperative behavior; reciprocity; and other evolutionary processes in Neolithic societies.
Email:
tako@wsu.edu

DR. ERIN THORNTON

Interests: New world societies; zooarchaeology, human osteology and stable isotope analysis.
Email:
erin.thornton@wsu.edu

DR. SHANNON TUSHINGHAM

Interests: Pacific Northwest Coast, California; Hunter-gatherers, evolutionary ecology, ethnoarchaeology, archaeometry, colonial encounters, contemporary indigenous communities.
Email:
shannon.tushingham@wsu.edu

Dr. STEVEN WEBER

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).
Email:
webersa@vancouver.wsu.edu

 

CONTACT INFORMATION
Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Colin Grier
cgrier@wsu.edu

(509) 335-7406

Student Representative
Tiffany Fulkerson

Graduate Student Handbook 2016-17