Jakob Sedig
Alumni: Archaeology

Jakob Sedig is a Ph.D. candidate and Southwest US archaeologist at CU Boulder. Jakob’s research focuses on the social, demographic, and environmental changes that occurred in the Mimbres region of southwestern New Mexico from AD 900-1000. In order to examine these changes, Jakob conducted work at Woodrow Ruin from 2011 to 2013.

Woodrow Ruin is a large, multi-component site located on the upper Gila. Although archaeologists have been interested in Woodrow Ruin since at least the 1920s, Jakob was the first archaeologist to conduct professional excavation at the site. Jakob’s dissertation research has demonstrated that Woodrow Ruin had a very long and large occupation, and that Woodrow Ruin was one of the largest sites in the Mimbres region during the Late Pithouse period. Jakob’s research has also demonstrated that the Transitional phase, between the Late Pithouse and Classic periods, was more diverse and important than previously suspected by Mimbres archaeologists. Jakob’s topical and theoretical interests include human-environmental interaction, resilience theory, and social-ecological systems, and Jakob uses these theoretical concepts to frame his research.

Although Jakob currently works in the Mimbres region, he has been part of research projects throughout the US Southwest. Jakob has worked at Homol’ovi Ruins State Park, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Chimney Rock, Casas Grandes, and Black Mountain. Jakob’s specialty is stone tools, and his Master’s thesis examined the symbolic and ritual use of projectile points in the northern US Southwest. 

Teaching and public archaeology are two of Jakob’s passions. Along with being a teaching assistant and instructor of record for numerous anthropology courses at CU, Jakob created an artifact analysis group that uses artifacts from Woodrow Ruin to teach members of the Front Range community the basics of archaeological analysis. Jakob constantly presents his research to local groups, and has also provided flintknapping demonstrations to local grade schools.