Catherine Cameron

Catherine Cameron

Faculty: Archaeology

Professor Cameron works in the American Southwest and has focused especially on the Chaco Phenomenon. She has had two recent projects in southeastern Utah. The Bluff Great House Project involved excavations at the Bluff great house, located in the small town of Bluff, Utah. The second project, the Comb Ridge Heritage Initiative, was a large survey of the Comb and Butler Wash areas west of Blanding, Utah. Both of these projects are completed and publications are either out or underway. However, Cameron plans to continue research in southeastern Utah, building on these earlier projects. Furthermore, she has a long-standing interest in issues of prehistoric population movement and social boundaries. During the past five years, she has undertaken a study of captives in prehistory, as a special type of migrant that has been largely overlooked by archaeologists.  

Working with Professor Cameron

Dr. Cameron’s students' work focuses on Southwestern archaeology, including Ancestral Puebloan rock art and ornamentation, ancestral Puebloan tower architecture in southeast Utah and how it related to social identity within the larger northern southwest, early village development and social dynamics in the northern southwest prior to AD 900, protohistoric and early contact periods, focusing specifically on how Puebloan groups faced, resisted, and emerged from the colonial experience as well as how the Mimbres people adapted to environmental changes, and how they interacted with their prehistoric neighbors (the Hohokam and the Ancestral Puebloans).

Professor Cameron is looking for graduate students with an interest in:

  • Puebloan archaeology, especially the archaeology of southeastern Utah, but also other parts of the northern Southwest
  • Migration, social boundaries, or related topics

Cameron encourages students to develop projects that use existing site records or artifact collections housed either at CU or elsewhere, at least for students at the Master's level. She is enthusiastic about working with students on projects that add to current knowledge of the Comb Ridge area or adjacent regions.

More about Professor Cameron

Professor Cameron is a prominent researcher in the American Southwest and her work in that region has emphasized careful analysis of archaeological earthen and residential architecture and of stone artifacts, along with meticulous study of how Puebloan architecture can be linked to residential group size, length of site occupation, and other factors including migration.