Prehistoric large-scale traps are more common across the Great Basin and Nevada than once believed, suggesting that large game hunting was an important activity throughout much of the occupation of the Great Basin. Antelope traps were built with a variety of raw materials and took a variety of shapes across the Great Basin. Antelope traps were built at least 3,500 to 5,000 years ago, perhaps earlier. See the Antelope Traps tab above for more information.
Updated: July 17, 2022.
Archaeology & Taphonomy Research
Archaeology & Taphonomy Research
Many of my publications are available below for download as .pdf's.
I recently completed by first fieldwork at the ca. 14,000 cal BP McDonald Creek site located in the Tanana Valley of central Alaska during the summer of 2021. The fieldwork was amazing and preservation at the site outstanding. The field season was unfortunately cancelled for 2022, but may resume in 2023. I am in the process of identifying all of the bones from the site recovered to date.
I (along with Eric Dillingham) submitted our monograph "Large Scale Traps of the Great Basin" to Texas A & M University Press some months ago, and it was accepted for publication. The latest news is that the press intends to have the book in print by March of 2023 in time for the next Society for American Archaeology meetings. Also, I am working with my colleagues Ted Goebel and Kelly Graf of the University of Kansas on a remarkable set of three open-air Paleoindian sites from northeastern Nevada that may represent the first evidence for large scale trapping in the Great Basin prior to 7,000 years ago.
I am currently finishing a draft of a research paper (along with a number of co-authors) on the typology and chronology of projectile points from five important Great Basin sites. I am hoping we can get that paper to a journal for consideration for publication by the end of August, 2022.
Following that, I will be completing field work at the paleontological site of Mining Canyon Cave in September, 2022. Located in central Nevada, this site contains well preserved bones up to 30,000 years old, and appears similar in character to Mineral Hill Cave (publication below).
|2013 Identifying Stone Tool Cut Marks and the Pre-Clovis Occupation of the Paisley Caves|
|2013 Identifying Stone Tool Cut Marks and the Pre-Clovis Occupation of the Paisley Caves, Supplemental Information|
|2013 Large-Scale Trapping Features from the Great Basin, USA: The Significance of Leadership and Communal Gatherings in Ancient Foraging Societies|
|2013 Serpentine Hot Springs, Alaska: Results of Excavations and Implications for the Age and Significance of Northern Fluted Points|
|2012 Optimizing Energy: The Epistemology of Primitive Economic Man. (See also the "Nutritional Ecology" tab above)|
|2012 The Consequences of Middle Paleolithic Diets on Pregnant Neanderthal Women|
|2011 Climate, Environment, and Humans in North America's Great Basin During the Younger Dryas, 12,900 - 11,600 Calendar Years Ago|
|2011 Book Review: "Paleonutrition"|
|2010 Back to Study Hall: Further Reflections on Large Game Hunting During the Middle Holocene in the Great Basin|
|2009 13,000 Years of Large Game Hunting in the Great Basin|
|2009 Antiquity of Communal Pronghorn Hunting in the North-Central Great Basin|
|2009 Continuity in Animal Resource Diversity in the Late Pleistocene Human Diet of Central Portugal|
|2009 Beyond the Study of Lithic Assemblages: The Case of Picareiro Cave, Portugal|
|2008 The Early Peopling of the Great Basin|
|2007 Nutritional Ecology of Late Pleistocene to Middle Holocene Subsistence in the Great Basin: Zooarchaeological Evidence from Bonneville Estates Rockshelter|
|2007 The Paleoindian Occupations at Bonneville Estates Rockshelter, Danger Cave, and Smith Creek Cave (Eastern Great Basin, U.S.A.): Interpreting Their Radiocarbon Chronologies|
|2007 Small Faunal Use During the Middle and Late Pleistocene of Portugal: A Nutritional Ecology Perspective|
|2006 Climate, Dietary Choice, and the Paleolithic Hunting of Rabbits in Portugal|
|2006 Paleolithic Subsistence and the Taphonomy of Small Mammal Accumulations in the Iberian Peninsula|
|2006 Two Sides of the Same Coin - Rocks, Bones, and Site Function of Picareiro Cave, Central Portugal|
|2005 Nutritional Ecology and the Human Demography of Neanderthal Extinction|
|2005 Middle and Late Holocene Hunting in the Great Basin: A Critical Review of the Debate and Future Prospects|
|2005 Latest-Pleistocene-Early Holocene Human Occupation and Paleoenvironmental Change in the Bonneville Basin, Utah-Nevada|
|2004 Paleontological Investigations at Mineral Hill Cave|
|2004 Theoretical Perspectives on the Dietary Role of Small Animals in Human Evolution|
|2003 Nutritional Ecology and Diachronic Trends in Paleolithic Diet and Health|
|2003 Ceramic Production, Fremont Foragers, and the Late Archaic Prehistory of the North-Central Great Basin|
|2002 Taphonomic and Methodological Perspectives of Leporid Hunting During the Upper Paleolithic of the Western Mediterranean Basin|
|2002 Oranjeboom Cave: A Single Component Eastgate Site in Northeastern Nevada|
|2002 Excavations at the Middle Pleistocene Cave Site of Galeria Pesada, Portuguese Estremadura: 1997-1999|
|2000 The Rabbits of Picareiro Cave: Small Mammal Hunting During the Late Upper Paleolithic of the Portuguese Estremadura|
|2000 Paleobiogeographic Changes at the Pleistocene-Holocene Boundary near Pintwater Cave, Southern Nevada|
|2000 Hunter-Gatherer Subsistence at the End of the Pleistocene: Preliminary Results from Picareiro Cave, Central Portugal|
|1999 Taphonomy of a Carnivore-Accumulated Rabbit Bone Assemblage from Picareiro Cave, Central Portugal|
|1998 Sociopolitical Meaning of Faunal Remains from Baker Village|
|1997 The Spring Creek Mastodon from Discovery to Exhibit|
|1996 Corroded, Thinned, and Polished Bones Created by Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos): Taphonomic Implications for Archaeological Interpretations|
|1995 Comparison of Leporid Bones in Raptor Pellets, Raptor Nests, and Archaeological Sites in the Great Basin|
|1995 Chronology of Elko Series and Split Stemmed Points from Northeastern Nevada|
|1994 A Descriptive Reanalysis of the Leporid Bones from Hogup Cave, Utah|
|1993 Bone Accumulations in Open Air Sites: A Case Study from the Northern Great Basin|
|1992 "Faunal Remains", in A Gabled Wooden Lodge in an Archaeological Context: Archaeological Investigations at Sample Unit U19adPL, Nevada Test Site, Nye County, Nevada|
|1991 Toward Distinguishing Human and Raptor Patterning on Leporid Bones|
|1990 Arachnid Taphonomy: Note on Scorpion Remains in Archeological Context|
|1989 The Concept of Carrying Range: A Method for Determining the Role Played by Woodrats in Contributing Bones to Archeological Sites|
More articles to come...