William Hunt Jr.

Dr. William J. Hunt, Jr.

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1989

Adjunct Professor

NPS Midwest Archaeological Center (MWAC)

Federal Bldg., Room 474
100 Centennial Mall No.
Lincoln, NE 68508
Email: bill_hunt@nps.gov
Phone: (402) 437-5392 ext. 111



Major Research Interests:

American fur trade (focus on Fort Union National Historic Site), historical archaeology of tourism with a special interest in the development of tourism in Yellowstone National Park

Bill has been a professional archeologist since 1974. During the first 10 years of his career, he specialized in prehistoric archaeology with a particular focus on the Woodland and Mississippian cultures of the Middle Mississippi River drainage. He has worked almost exclusively on historic sites since training in the Historical Archaeology Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the National Park Service in 1985, Bill worked for a private museum, two universities, a private contracting firm, and a state historic preservation office. Currently an archeologist with the National Park Service, Bill conducts investigations in both the Midwest and Intermountain Region parks. As a team member in the Co-operative Assistance Program, Bill has also led or participated in archeological investigations for the U.S. Army (Colorado and North Carolina), Forest Service (Idaho), Immigration and Naturalization Service (Texas) and General Services Administration(Texas). In 1995, he was selected by the NPS Office of International Affairs to be part of a detail sent to the Sultanate of Oman. The team prepared a development concept plan for the Sultanate to guide future park staffing, tourist facilities development, archeological research and curation at the archeological site of Al-Balid, a medieval city on the Indian Ocean supposedly visited by Marco Polo.

Recent and Representative Publications:

Hunt, William J. Jr. 1993 Addendum: Historical Archeological Resources. In Archeological Treatment Plan for Yellowstone Federal Highway Projects: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1993. "Ethnicity and Firearms in the Upper Missouri Bison Robe Trade: An Examination of Weapon Preference and Utilization at Fort Union Trading Post N.H.S., North Dakota." Historical Archeology 27(3):74-101.

1994. "Fort Floyd: History and Archaeology of an Enigmatic 19th Century Trading Post." North Dakota History 61(3):7-20.

1994. "Origins of Fort Union: Archeology and History." In The Fur Trade Revisited: Selected Papers of the Sixth North American Fur Trade Conference, Mackinac Island, 1991. edited by Jennifer S.H. Brown, W.J. Eccles, and Donald P. Heldman, pp. 377-392. Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, Michigan.

1994. "At the Yellowstone ....to Build a Fort": Fort Union Trading Post, 1828-1833." In Fort Union Fur Trade Symposium Proceedings, pp. 7-21. Friends of Fort Union, Williston, North Dakota.

Jameson, John H. Jr. and William J. Hunt, Jr. 1999. "Reconstruction Versus Preservation-in-Place in the U.S. National Park Service." In The Constructed Past: Experimental Archaeology, Education and the Public, edited by Peter G. Stone and Philippe G. Planel, pp. 35-62. Routledge Press, New York

Scott, Douglas D. and William J. Hunt, Jr. 1998. The Civil War Battle at Monroe's Crossroads, Fort Bragg North Carolina: A Historical Archeological Perspective. Department of the Army, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Southeast Archeological Center, National Park Service, Tallahassee, Florida.

Educational Background:

Archeologist, Co-operative Assistance Program, National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.
MA, 1974, Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1974)
MA, 1982, American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., 1989, American Civilization (1989), University of Pennsylvania
Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln