College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Anthropology

toolArchaeology

Archaeology is the study of people and their cultures in the past.  Archaeologists gather clues left behind by collecting artifacts and systematically digging where people used to live.

Photo: Tiwanaku, Bolivia
Tiwanaku, Bolivia

We use these clues to understand how people made a living, where they lived, what their belief systems may have been and many other aspects of their cultures.  Several of our faculty work in North America including Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Basin and the Southwest.  We also work across the globe in such places as India, East Africa, Mesoamerica, the Andes and Siberia.

Archaeology Faculty
 
Dr. William Andrefsky

Interests: Columbia Plateau, Arctic, and the Northern Great Basin; hunter-gatherer human organization; lithic analysis; Neolithic transition.
Email:
  and@wsu.edu

Dr. Jade d'Alpoim Guedes

Interests: China; archeobotany, human osteology, paleoclimate reconstruction, ecological niche modeling.
Email:
jadedalpoimguedes@wsu.edu

Dr. Andrew Duff

Interests: American Southwest; community formation; organizational transitions associated with increasing population consolidation; social and ethnic identity and migration.
Email:
duff@wsu.edu

Dr. Melissa Goodman Elgar

Interests: Andean prehistory; geoarchaeology; archaeological theory; agriculture; and human impact on landscapes.
Email:
mage@wsu.edu

Dr. Colin Grier

Interests: Pacific Northwest Coast, complex hunter-gatherers, faunal analysis.
Email:
cgrier@wsu.edu

Dr. Tim A. Kohler

Interests: American Southwest including Bandelier National Monument and southwestern Colorado; modeling and quantitative analysis; cooperative behavior; reciprocity; and other evolutionary processes in Neolithic societies.
Email:
tako@wsu.edu

Dr. Erin Thornton

Interests: New world societies; zooarchaeology, human osteology and stable isotope analysis.
Email:
erin.thornton@wsu.edu

Dr. Shannon Tushingham

Interests: Pacific Northwest Coast, California; Hunter-gatherers, evolutionary ecology, ethnoarchaeology, archaeometry, colonial encounters, contemporary indigenous communities.
Email:
shannon.tushingham@wsu.edu

Dr. Steven Weber

Interests: India and South Asia; the adoption of  new subsistence strategies; links between subsistence, material culture and settlement systems; ethnobiology; paleoethnobotany; and field archaeology (on Vancouver campus).
Email:
webersa@vancouver.wsu.edu

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Colin Grier
cgrier@wsu.edu

(509) 335-7406

Student Representative

Kristin Safi

 

Archaeology Graduate Program Course Requirements

 

One-page pdf admission checklist

 

 
Main Office Information:
 

College Hall 150
PO Box 644910
Pullman, WA 99164-4910
Phone: 509.335.3441
FAX: 509.335.3999

 

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