Scott Ortman’s research focuses on:
His geographical focus is the US Southwest, especially Tanoan-speaking peoples of the Northern Rio Grande region in New Mexico.
Professor Ortman’s research includes an emphasis on archaeology and language and the compilation and analysis of regional archaeological datasets. He is currently focusing on the role of culture in economic development in the Northern Rio Grande, including Plains-Pueblo interaction, with new fieldwork in the planning stages.
Ortman’s research incorporates methods, theories and data from many fields, including archaeology, linguistics, human biology, cultural anthropology, complex systems and psychology to understand the processes of ethnogenesis, social transformation and economic development. His previous work has involved analyses of settlement pattern and artifact assemblage data, bio-archaeological and historical-linguistic data, and functional and stylistic analyses of ceramic and lithic artifacts.