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Bamforth, Douglas Professor

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Research

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  • I work on the archaeology of the North American Great Plains, emphasizing the very early (Paleoindian) and recent (Plains village) occupations. Much of my work focuses on the interactions between ancient humans and their environments, and on technology. From 2005 to 2015, I ran a field program in northwestern Nebraska, focused on Ceramic Period (particularly Plains Village) sites along the Pine Ridge near Chadron. I am now working on a larger field program focused on Plains Village sites dated to the 13th and 14th centuries in northeastern Nebraska. These sites appear to mark a major social change on the Central Plains leading to the modern Pawnee and Arikara nations.

keywords

  • Great Plains, Paleoindian, Plains Village, stone tools, human ecology

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • ANTH 2200 - The Archaeology of Human History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Where do we come from? This course provides a brief introduction to the practice of archaeology and then emphasizes the evidence for major events/transitions in human history over the last 2.5 million years. Required for ANTH majors.
  • ANTH 4270 - Plains Archaeology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Archaeological evidence for Native American ways of life on the North American Great Plains from the initial peopling of the region into the 19th century. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 2200. Same as ANTH 5270.
  • ANTH 4350 - Archaeological Field and Laboratory Research
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Students participate in archaeological field research or conduct laboratory analysis of archaeological materials and data. Students work with faculty on archaeological research projects with a field or lab focus, depending on the project undertaken. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisites: ANTH 2200 and students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors). Same as ANTH 5350.
  • ANTH 5270 - Plains Archaeology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Archaeological evidence for Native American ways of life on the North American Great Plains from the initial peopling of the region into the 19th century. Same as ANTH 4270.
  • ANTH 5350 - Archaeological Field and Laboratory Research
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Students participate in archaeological field research or conduct laboratory analysis of archaeological materials and data. Students work with faculty on archaeological research projects with a field or lab focus, depending on the project undertaken. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as ANTH 4350.
  • ANTH 7030 - Seminar: Archaeology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Intensive examination of selected theoretical or methodological topics in archaeology. Topics vary with current research emphasis. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

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