This collection includes theses, dissertations, publications, presentations, and other research materials related to the Cedar Mesa Project managed by William (Bill) Lipe and R.G. Matson.

In some documents, selected figures or text passages may have been deleted or masked so as not to provide information on the specific locations of archaeological sites. This is in conformance with policies of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management under provisions of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act.

Recent Submissions

  • SAA's Archiving the Archaeologists: Bill Lipe 

    Society for American Archaeology (2020)
    SAA's "Archiving the Archaeologists" series is an oral history project designed to capture personal insights and recollections of archaeologists near retirement or already retired. Archaeologists interviewed in the series ...
  • How Many Turkeys Did It Take to Make a Blanket? 

    Lipe, William D.; Tushingham, Shannon; Blinman, Eric; LaRue, Chuck; Webster, Laurie (4/27/2019)
    This talk was presented at the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Visitor Center in Dolores, Colorado.
  • Tale of a Test Pit: The research history of a midden column from the Turkey Pen site, Utah 

    Battillo, Jenna; Matson, R. G.; Lipe, William D. (2019)
    Presented at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting. In 1972 R.G. Matson and a small crew excavated a dry, stratified midden at a Pueblo Cliff Dwelling site in Grand Gulch, as part of the Cedar Mesa Project. ...
  • Early Agricultural Societies in the Southwest: The Basketmaker II Case 

    Lipe, William D. (2018-11-01)
    This presentation was given in Anthropology 539 on November 1, 2018.
  • Using Science to Revive Old Excavations 

    Lipe, William D. (6/5/2018)
    The value (and excitement) of archaeological field work doesn’t end when the pits are backfilled, the artifacts are analyzed, and the reports written. At least that’s true if the collections are safely curated in a well-run ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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.
  • 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. ...
  • Supplementing Maize Agriculture in Basketmaker II Subsistence Dietary Analysis of Human Paleofeces from Turkey Pen Ruin 

    Battillo, Jenna (2017-05)
    This research explores the factors that motivated increasing reliance on maize during the Basketmaker II period in the North American Southwest. Through the analysis of 44 human paleofeces from Turkey Pen Ruin, Utah, I ...
  • 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 ...
  • Changes in Turkey and Artiodactyl Abundance in Central Mesa Verde and Northern Rio Grande Archaeological Assemblages 

    Ellyson, Laura; Lipe, William D.; Matson, R. G. (2017)
    Previous zooarchaeological studies in the Southwest indicate that over time, larger animal resources such as deer are replaced by smaller ones such as lagomorphs (cottontails and jackrabbits) and domesticated turkey in ...
  • 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 ...
  • Leaving Mesa Verde: The Great Pueblo Migrations of the 13th Century 

    Lipe, William D. (11/3/2015 )
    This presentation was given November 3, 2015, at Southern Methodist University. The presentation deals with questions about where the former inhabitants of the Cedar Mesa region in the American Southwest migrated to in the ...
  • A 2,500-Year Neolithic Revolution in the American Southwest 

    Lipe, William D. (11/3/2015 )
    This presentation briefly reviews diverse early agricultural site complexes in both the southern and northern parts of the American Southwest and questions the usefulness of a single concept of how the elements of a ...
  • Leaving Mesa Verde: The Great Pueblo Migrations of the 13th Century 

    Lipe, William D. (9/10/2015 )
    This presentation was given in May 2014 at the Spokane chapter meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). The presentation deals with questions about where the former inhabitants of the Cedar Mesa region in ...
  • Dynamics of Thirteenth-Century Depopulation of the Northern San Juan: The View from Cedar Mesa 

    Matson, R. G.; Lipe, William D.; Curewitz, Diane (8/12/2015 )
    This document comprises supplemental information to accompany the complete article submitted to the journal Kiva in August 2015.
  • Aggression, Aggregation, and Abandonment in Southwestern Prehistory 

    Coupland, Gary (8/5/2015 0)
    During the 12th and 13th centuries AD, and especially during the latter part of this time period, the various populations of Pueblo Indians of the Colorado Plateau began a process of abandonment. Gradually, they withdrew ...

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