Dr. Douglas D. Scott
Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder, 1977
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology
937 Oldfather Hall
Phone: (402) 472-7941
Fax: (402) 472-9642
Major Research Interests:Conflict and Battlefield Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Military History and Archaeology, Plains Cultural Development, Southwestern Prehistory, Historic Sites Conservation and Restoration, Firearms Identification, Forensic Archaeology, Forensic Anthropology
Dr. Scott retired from National Park Service after more than 30 years of with the Department of the Interior, his last position was as Great Plains Team Leader, Park Programs, Midwest Archeological Center, U.S. National Park Service, Lincoln, NE. He has worked throughout the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain West on a variety of archeological projects. He has served as President of the Colorado Council of Professional Archeologists and the Nebraska Association of Professional Archeologists, and on the Board of Directors of the Society for Historical Archaeology and the Plains Anthropological Society. He was president of the Society for Historical Archaeology in 2006 and 2007. He currently serves on the Historic Preservation Review Board of the Nebraska State Historical Society.
Dr. Scott specializes in nineteenth century military sites archeology and forensic archeology. He is particularly noted for his expertise in battlefield archeology and firearms identification having worked on more than 40 battlefield sites, including Palo Alto, Sand Creek, Big Hole, Bear Paw, Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, Centralia, and Santiago de Cuba. He was awarded the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award in 2002 for his innovative research in battlefield archeology that started with his work at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. He is a co-recipient of the 2010 Leslie Hewes Award for best Social Science article published in Great Plains Research.
Dr. Scott has also been involved with human rights and forensic investigations since the early 1990s. He has worked with the United Nations and various human rights organizations in El Salvador, Croatia, Rwanda, Cyprus, and Iraq. He testified as an expert witness in Saddam Hussein's Anfal Campaign Trial in December 2006 using battlefield modeling to show that the events under investigation were not combat related deaths but consistent with an firing squad/execution formation.
Recent Publications:Scott, Douglas D. and Thomas D. Thiessen
2005 Catlinite Extraction at Pipestone National Monument, Minnesota: Social and Technological
Implications. In The Cultural Landscapes of Prehistoric Mines edited by Peter Topping and Mark Lynott, pp 140-154. Oxbow Books, Oxford, England.
Scott, Douglas D.
2007 Custer's Heroes: The Little Bighorn Medals of Honor. AST Press, Terra Haute, IN.
Cruse, J. Brett with contributions by Martha Doty Freeman and Douglas D. Scott
2007 Battles of the Red River War: Archaeological Perspectives on the Indian Campaign of
1874. Texas A&M University Press, College Station.
Scott, Douglas D., Harold Roeker, and Carl G. Carlson-Drexler
2008 “The Fire Upon Us was Terrific:” Battlefield Archaeology of Wilson’s Creek National
Battlefield, Missouri. Midwest Archeological Center Technical Report 109, National Park Service, Lincoln, NE.
Carlson-Drexler, Carl G., Douglas D. Scott, and Harold Roeker
2008 “The Battle Raged…with Terrible Fury:” Battlefield Archaeology of Pea Ridge National Military Park. Midwest Archeological Center Technical Report 112, National Park Service, Lincoln, NE.
Scott, Douglas, Lawrence Babits, and Charles Haecker (editors)
2009 Fields of Conflict: Battlefield Archaeology from Imperial Rome to Korea. Potomac Books, Washington, DC (softcover edition).
Bleed, Peter and Douglas D. Scott
2009 Archeological Interpretation of the Frontier Battle at Mud Springs, Nebraska. Great Plains Research 19(1):13-26.
Scott, Douglas D.
2009 Studying the Archaeology of War: A Model Based on the Investigation of Frontier Military Sites in American Trans-Mississippi West. In International Handbook of Historical Archaeology, edited by Teresita Majewski and David Gaimster, Springer, NY, pp 299-318.
Scott, Douglas, Peter Bleed, and Stephen Damm
2010 Custer, Cody, and a Grand Duke: The Russian Royal Buffalo Hunt in Nebraska, 1872, A Preliminary View from Archaeology. The Denver Westerners Roundup 66(4):3-11.
Geier, Clarence R., Lawrence E. Babits, Douglas D. Scott, and David G. Orr (editors)
2010 Historical Archaeology of Military Sites: Method and Topics. Texas A&M Press, College Station.
Scott, Douglas D. and Andrew J. Mcfeaters
2011 The Archaeology of Historic Battlefields: A History and Theoretical Development in Conflict Archaeology. Journal of Archaeological Research 19(1):103-134.
Bleed, Peter and Douglas D. Scott
2011 Context for Conflict: Conceptual Tools for Interpreting Archaeological Reflections of Warfare. Journal of Conflict Archaeology 6(1):43-45.
Professional MembershipsAssociation of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (Technical Advisor)
American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Fellow, General Section)
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society of North America
Society for Historical Archaeology
Society for American Archaeology
Register of Professional Archaeologists
Nebraska Association of Professional Archaeologists
Plains Anthropological Association
Company of Military Historians