P.O. Box 880368
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0368
Ph.D. (1989) University of Pennsylvania, American Civilization in the Historical Archeology Program. Dissertation on the history and function of firearms within fur trade society as demonstrated at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site.
M.A. (1982) University of Pennsylvania. Majored in American Civilization specializing in American Historical Archeology.
M.A. (1974) University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Majored in Anthropology specializing in prehistoric archeology. Thesis on ceramics of River Bend East (23SL79), a Mississippian-Woodland village.
B.A. (1971) University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Majored in Anthropology and Sociology.
Regional: Central and Northern Plains, Rocky Mountains, and Northwest Coast of North America.
Topical: culture history and historic archeology of the fur trade in North America, Métis archeology, Tlingit archeology, tourism.
CURRENT PROJECTS AND RECENT FIELDWORK:
My current on on-going project is an investigation of alpine cairns on Baranof Island, southeast Alaska (see http://polarfield.com/blog/cairns-uncovered-documentary-explores-ancient-tlingit-rock-formations/ and http://polarfield.com/blog/multidisciplinary-pilot-study-explores-tlingit-cairns-in-southeast-alaska-for-the-first-time/. Here is a recent update of my research with Ralph Hartley Breaking free the stones of the past.
When possible, I participate in other researchers’ projects. In 2012, I was a crew member on a pre-contact Inupiat village site near Kiana, Alaska, in Kobuk Valley National Park with Drs. Douglas and Wanni Anderson (Brown University). For further information about this project, see http://www.alaskapublic.org/2013/08/01/archaeologists-uncover-pre-contact-inupiat-village-near-kiana/ and http://polarfield.com/blog/tracking-ancient-commerce-alaska/). In 2014, I worked as a crew member on the Bakota Project at the Békés 103 middle Bronze Age cemetery site at Békés, Hungary with project co-directors Dr. Paul Duffy (University of Toronto), Julia I. Giblin (Quinnipiac University), László Paja and Györgyi M. Parditka (National Heritage Protection Centre–Hungarian National Museum). For further information about this project, see http://bakota.net/.
Society for Historical Archaeology, Plains Conference, Register of Professional Archaeologists, Nebraska Association of Professional Archeologists, Professional Archaeologists of Kansas, Alaska Anthropological Association.
AWARDS, COMMENDATIONS, RECOGNITION:
April 15, 1988 - National Park Service Special Achievement Award.
March 20, 1990 - National Park Service Special Achievement Award.
1995 - Member of NPS Al-Balid Archeological Park development concept planning team, Sultanate of Oman.
May, 2003 - The National Park Service John Cotter Award for Excellence in National Park Service Archeology.
2012 – NSF EAGER grant “Pilot Project: A Multidisciplinary Exploratory Study of Alpine Cairns, Baranof Island, Southeast Alaska.”
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2000 to present. Archeologist at the NPS-Midwest Archeological Center 1982-2011. Previous employers and positions include the Nebraska State Historical Society (Preservation Archeologist), Commonwealth Associates Inc. (CRM Archeologist), University of Northern Colorado (Archeologist), and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Research Archeologist). Thirty-seven years experience in both prehistoric and historical archeology. Field projects in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.
REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH REPORTS:
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 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, Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, Michigan, pp. 377-392.
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.
1994 Fort Floyd: History and Archaeology of an Enigmatic 19th Century Trading Post. North Dakota History 61(3):7-20.
1994 Using "Tourism" as a Context for Historical Archeology Sites: An Example from Yellowstone National Park. CRM 17(8):25-28.
1995 Al-Balid Archeological Park, Development Concept Plan, Sultanate of Oman-Dhofar Governorate-Salalah. Joint author with Ivan Miller, Andy Ketterson, Mark Weekley, and Gregg Bruff. Prepared by the U.S. National Park Service, Midwest Region for the Ministry of Information, Sultanate of Oman, May, 1995.
1997 “Trading Posts.” In Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, edited by David J. Wishart. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska.
1998 The Civil War Engagement at Monroe's Crossroads, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, A Historical Archeological Perspective. Joint author with Douglas D. Scott. Report prepared for Department of the Army, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg, North Carolina by USDI National Park Service, Southeast Archeological Center, Tallahassee, Florida.
1999 Reconstruction Versus Preservation-in-Place in the U.S. National Park Service. Joint author with John H. Jameson, Jr. 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.
1999 Archeological Investigation of the Carriage House, James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Mentor, Ohio. Technical Report No. 62. United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, Nebraska. PDF available at http://www.nps.gov/mwac/publications/tech.html
2005 The Heart Of The Park: The Historical Archeology Of Tourism In The Lower Geyser Basin, 1872-1930. People and Place: The Human Experience in Greater Yellowstone. Proceedings. Fourth Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, edited by Paul Schullery, pp. 80-99. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. PDF available at http://www.greateryellowstonescience.org/node/2327
2008 More Than Meets the Eye: The Archeology of Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs National Park. Midwest Archeological Center Technical Report, vol. 102. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, Nebraska. PDF available at http://www.nps.gov/mwac/publications/tech.html
2009 A Bathhouse and Plenty of Fresh Air: Archeology in a Thermal River Environment . Coauthored with Annalies Corbin, Christopher F. Valvano, and M.J. Harris. PAST Foundation, Columbus, Ohio.
2009 Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. Montana-North Dakota Border. Historic Trading in the Rocky Mountains. In Archaeology in America, an Encyclopedia: Vol. 2, Midwest and Great Plains/Rocky Mountains, edited by Francis P. McManamon, pp. 264-266. Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut.
2009 Fort Clark Site. Central North Dakota. Early Historic Trade Along the Missouri River. In Archaeology in America, an Encyclopedia: Vol. 2, Midwest and Great Plains/Rocky Mountains, edited by Francis P. McManamon, pp. 266-268. Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut.
2009 Fort Larned, Bent's Old Fort, and Other Sites. Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. Archaeological Sites along the Santa Fe Trail. In Archaeology in America, an Encyclopedia: Vol. 2, Midwest and Great Plains/Rocky Mountains, edited by Francis P. McManamon, pp. 271-274. Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut.
2010 A Model of Tourism as Context for Historical Sites: An Example of Historical Archaeology at Yellowstone National Park. In Historical Archaeology of Tourism in Yellowstone National Park. Field Reports in Archaeology, No. 1, edited by Annalies Corbin and Matthew A. Russel. PAST Foundation, Columbus, Ohio.
2010 The Marshall/Firehole Hotel: Archeology in a Thermal River Environment. Co Coauthored with Annalies Corbin, Christopher F. Valvano, and M.J. Harris. In Historical Archaeology of Tourism in Yellowstone National Park. Field Reports in Archaeology, No. 1, edited by Annalies Corbin and Matthew A. Russel. PAST Foundation, Columbus, Ohio.
2010 Sitka National Historical Park The Archeology of the Fort Unit: Results of the 2005-2008 Inventory. Midwest Archeological Center Occasional Studies No. 35, vols. 1-2. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, Nebraska. PDF available at http://www.nps.gov/mwac/publications/occ.html
2010 Alpine Rock Cairns on Chichagof and Baranof Islands, Tongass National Forest, Alaska. Midwest Archeological Center Technical Report No. 122. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.
2010 Fort Clark and Its Indian Neighbors: A Trading Post on the Upper Missouri. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman (Co-authored with W. Raymond Wood and Randy H. Williams).
2011 Tlingit Archeology, Legends, and Oral Histories at Sitka National Historical Park, Alaska. In Alaska Park Science 10(1). Alaska Geographic Association, Anchorage. http://www.nps.gov/akso/nature/science/ak_park_science/PDF/2011Vol10-1/tlingit-archeology-Hunt.pdf