This community contains research materials by students and faculty members in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University. Included here are theses and dissertations, conference presentations and posters, reports, addenda, articles, and more. Members of the anthropology department conduct research in the Biocultural Lab, Geoarchaeology Lab, Lithic Analysis Lab, Paleoethnobotany Lab, Physical Anthropology Lab, Stable Isotope Lab, and the Zooarchaeology Lab. The department also maintains ethnographic and archaeological research collections, and study collections of floral, faunal, palynological, lithic, soil/sediment and ceramic materials. The Museum of Anthropology and the Plateau Center are additional resources for students.

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  • Bears Ears Controversy: Some Monumental Issues 

    Lipe, William D. (Archaeology Southwest, 1/8/2018)
    This blog post was published in January 2018 by WSU professor emeritus Bill Lipe in response to the Trump administration's announcement in December 2017 that it will radically shrink federally protected lands in Utah, ...
  • Position on H.R. 4532, Shash Jáa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act 

    National Parks Conservation Association (2018-01)
    The National Parks Conservation Association submitted the following position to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee ahead of a hearing scheduled for January 9, 2018.
  • Presidential Authority to Revoke or Reduce National Monument Designations 

    Gaziano, Todd F.; Yoo, John (2018)
    The Antiquities Act of 1906 grants the president the power to designate national monuments in order to protect historic landmarks and structures. Pursuant to this power, a president has the corresponding power to revoke ...
  • Turkey Pen Excavation 

    Matson, R. G. (2018)
    The Cedar Mesa Project was an archaeological project on Cedar Mesa in SE Utah, funded by the National Science Foundation and co-directed by William (Bill) Lipe and R.G. Matson. This report provides background information ...
  • Anthro News, Winter 2018 

    Department of Anthropology (2018)
  • Bears Ears Controversy: Presidential Proclamation Modifying the Bears Ears National Monument 

    White House Press Office (12/4/2017)
    This proclamation by President Donald J. Trump details a significant reduction to the size of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante--previously federally protected lands in Utah. This reduction of ...
  • H.R. 4532: Shash Jaa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act 

    Curtis, John (2017-12)
    This bill, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), builds on President Trump’s reduction of Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) and creates a tribally co-managed national monument in Utah.
  • The Archaeology of Bears Ears 

    Burrillo, R.E. (SAA Archaeological Record, 2017-11)
    This report recounts the history of archaeology in the Bears Ears region of Utah (USA), including the Cedar Mesa Project.
  • Grand Gulch: First Encounters and Lasting Impressions 

    Burrillo, R.E. (Blue Mountain Shadows: The Magazine of San Juan History, 2017-11)
    R.E. Burrillo hails from New York and, as an archaeologist, has an intense interest in the cultures of the Southwest. One of those cultures that he is particularly drawn to is that of the Ancestral Puebloans or Anasazi. ...
  • Modeling Archaeological Sites and Forest History on Cedar Mesa, SE Utah 

    Matson, R. G.; Lipe, William D. (9/12/2017)
    Producing a model that successfully predicts archaeological site densities over a large area of more than 1,000,00 acres which had diverse prehistoric adaptations and diverse environments is an extremely difficult task. ...
  • The President Has No Power Unilaterally to Abolish or Materially Change a National Monument Designation Under the Antiquities Act of 1906 

    Rosenbaum, Robert; Shipe, Andrew; Beckett, Lindsey; Treaster, Andrew; Tyler, Jamen (5/3/2017)
    We (Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer) have been asked by our client, National Parks Conservation Association, whether a sitting President may unilaterally abolish or materially change a national monument that was established ...
  • Ideal-Free Distribution and Ancestral Pueblo Occupation of Cedar Mesa, Utah 

    McGill, Kendall (2017-04)
    Ideal-free distribution (IFD) has been increasingly adopted by archaeologists to address questions about the relationship between settlement distribution, environment, and economy. This behavioral ecology model theorizes ...
  • Costly Gobbling: Raising Turkeys in the Central Mesa Verde Area 

    Lipe, William D.; Ellyson, Laura; Bocinsky, Kyle; Lyle, Robin; Matson, R. G. (2017-03)
    This presentation focuses on comparisons of the Central Mesa Verde (CMV) and Northern Rio Grande (NRG) areas. Goals of the study included: 1.) Use NISP counts to assess relative abundance of turkey and artiodactyl bones ...
  • Bears Ears Archaeological Experts Gathering: Assessing and Looking Ahead 

    Doelle, Bill (Archaeology Southwest, 2017)
    This report shares the outcomes of a two-day gathering of archaeologists who work or have worked within what is now Bears Ears National Monument or in southeastern Utah more generally. Our gathering sought to tap their ...
  • Anthro News, Winter 2017 

    Department of Anthropology (2017)
  • Bears Ears Controversy: Presidential Proclamation -- Establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument 

    White House Press Office (12/28/2016)
    In this proclamation, the Office of the Press Secretary under the Barack Obama administration establishes Bears Ears National Monument.
  • Antiquities Act: Scope of Authority for Modification of National Monuments 

    Wyatt, Alexandra M. (Congressional Research Service, 2016-11)
    Beginning with President Theodore Roosevelt, Presidents have protected well over 100 areas under the Antiquities Act of 1906.1 These protected areas, totaling hundreds of millions of acres of land as well as large marine ...
  • Quantifying Household Inequality in Early Pueblo Villages 

    Kohler, Timothy A.; Higgins, Rebecca (University of Chicago Press, 2016-10)
    The rapid rise of the “Chaco phenomenon” in northern New Mexico in the ninth century AD invites a search for either historical precursors or generative processes that might have explanatory utility. We analyze one candidate ...
  • Too Many Turkeys?? 

    Lipe, William D. (3/15/2016 )
    This PowerPoint presentation was delivered March 15, 2016, at Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, AZ. It poses the question "Did raising extra corn for turkeys put too much stress on Pueblo farming in the AD 1200s?"
  • Too Many Turkeys?? 

    Lipe, William D.; Ellyson, Laura; Matson, R. G.; Lyle, Robin (3/1/2016 0)
    This PowerPoint presentation was delivered in March 2016 at the Society of Ethnobiology meetings in Tucson, AZ. The presentation has various goals, including: Describe increase in turkeys and decrease in artioodactyls in ...

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