Vergil Noble

Dr. Vergil Noble

Ph.D. Michigan State, 1983

Adjunct Professor of Anthropology

Midwest Archaeological Center, Supervisory Archeologist, Advisor for National Historic Landmarks in the Midwest Region, and contact for National Historic Landmarks

National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center Federal Bldg., Room 474
100 Centennial Mall North
Lincoln, NE 68508-6873
Phone: (402) 437-5392, ext. 108
Fax: (402) 437-5098



Major Research Interests:

Historical archaeology, 18th-century French fur trade, 19th-century settlement and transportation systems, Great Lakes and Mississippi River valley, cultural resource management and heritage tourism

Before joining the National Park Service in 1987, Dr. Noble was on the anthropology faculty at Illinois State University, where he served as Director of the Midwestern Archeological Research Center. Currently his NPS duties include administration of the National Historic Landmark program for 70 archaeological NHL properties in the 13-state Midwest Region. In that capacity he monitors the condition of non-Federally managed landmark sites, such as Cahokia Mounds in Illinois, and works with consulting archaeologists to develop nominations for other significant sites with the potential for NHL designation.

His primary academic interest revolves about the colonial fur trade in North America, and his management focus is on the interplay of archaeology and heritage tourism. He has field experience on historic sites in ten U.S. states, ranging from Marquette\0xE2\0x20AC\0x2122s Mission among the Ojibwe in northern Michigan to the Harry S Truman Home in Missouri. He has also worked on various prehistoric projects, including a cooperative research program with UNL to inventory and evaluate archaeological sites at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in the panhandle of Nebraska.

Vergil has been active in the governance of several archaeological organizations, most recently serving as a Director of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (1998-2000) and President of the Society for Historical Archaeology (2002). In addition, he has held several volunteer editorial positions, including Memorials Editor (1994-1997) and Reviews Editor (1997-2001) for the journal Historical Archaeology.

Recent and Representative Publications:

"Magnetometry for Archaeological Exploration of Historical Sites". Historical Archaeology 18(2):38-53 (with Ralph R.B. von Frese). 1984.

"Methodological Approaches to Assessing Significance in Historical Archae\0xC2\0xADology". Historical Archaeology 24(2):9-56 (editor with William B. Lees). 1990.

"Other Questions that Count: Introductory Comments on Assessing Significance in Historical Archaeology". Historical Archaeology 24(2):10-13 (with William B. Lees). 1990.

"The Archaeology of American Canals". The Michigan Archaeologist 37(1):35-44. 1991.

"Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: A Plea for Change in the Practice of Historical Archaeology". Historical Archaeology 30(2):74-84. 1996.

"Eighteenth-Century Ceramics from Fort de Chartres III". Illinois Archaeology 9(1-2):36-78. 1997.

"British Ceramics on the American Colonial Frontier, 1760-1800", in Old and New Worlds: Historical/Post Medieval Archaeology Papers from the Societies Joint Conference at Williamsburg and London 1997 to Mark Thirty Years of Work and Achievement, edited by G. Egan and R. L. Michael, pp. 299-309 (with Teresita Majewski). Oxbow Books, Oxford, England, and David Brown Book Co., Oakville, CT. 1999.

"J. C. Harrington Medal in Historical Archaeology: Charles E. Cleland 2002". Historical Archaeology 36(4):1-9. 2002.

"The Value of Reconstructions: An Archaeologist's Perspective", in The Reconstructed Past: The Role of Reconstructions in the Public Interpretation of Archaeology and History, edited by J. H. Jameson , Jr., pp. 273-286. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek, CA. 2004.

"Charles E. Cleland: A Retrospective", in An Upper Great Lakes Archaeological Odyssey: Essays in Honor of Charles E. Cleland, edited by W. A. Lovis, pp. 1-13 (with William A. Lovis). Cranbrook Institute of Science and Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI. 2004.

"Memorial: George Irving Quimby, 1913-2003". Historical Archaeology 38(2):124-132 (with Charles E. Cleland). 2004.

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Michigan State, 1983
M.A. Michigan State, 1979
B.S. Michigan State, 1974