This department provides continuous geographic coverage of ancient societies from the Plains of North America through the Southwest and Mesoamerica to the Intermediate Area. The native societies range from egalitarian hunter-gatherers through middle range societies to the city-states and empires of Mesoamerica. The faculty’s theoretical and topical interests include:

  • human ecology
  • ethnoarchaeology
  • agency and social theory
  • lithic and ceramic analyses
  • remote sensing
  • disasters in ancient and modern times
  • geophysical applications in archaeology