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Assistant Professor, Curator of Archaeology
(PhD • University of New Mexico • 2017)

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Office Hours
Mondays 3-5 pm, in person (or zoom by special arrangement)


Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on the relationship between humans and animals, with a topical focus on horses and animal domestication, and a technical emphasis on archaeozoology, glacial archaeologyarchaeological science, and emerging technologies. He has ongoing field projects in the Great Plains and the American Southwest as well as Mongolia and the Steppes of Central Asia. He also conducts museum collections research in China, Australia, and South America.

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Areas of Research

  •     Great Plains and the American Southwest
  •     Mongolian Altai
  •     Australia
  •     Kyrgyzstan
  •     China and the Silk Road

Working with Dr. Taylor

Dr. Taylor is currently working on establishing an Archaeozoology and ZooMS laboratory at the University of Colorado. Ongoing research projects explore the role of horses in human societies in East Asia (Mongolia/China), Australia, and the introduction of domestic horses, donkeys, and mules into the Americas.

Dr. Taylor is looking for graduate students with an interest in:

  •     Plains/Southwest archaeology
  •     Historical archaeology of the Americas
  •     Animal domestication
  •     Archaeozoology
  •     3D and emerging technologies in museum studies
  •     Asian and Australian archaeology

*Professor Taylor is not currently accepting Ph.D. applicants​ for Fall 2024