Professor of Anthropology
Director, Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology

Office: TA 230
Phone: 541-552-6345

PhD, University of Oregon, 2000

Areas of Interest:

  • Ethnohistory and prehistory of the West Coast and Northeast of North America
  • Persistence and innovation of cultural identity in colonial contexts
  • Cultural ecology of maritime hunter gatherers
  • Ethnohistory, archival/oral history research
  • Spatial analysis of archaeological data, zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology
  • Cultural resource management
  • European archaeology (particularly Norse)


  • Society for American Archaeology
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Association of Oregon Archaeologists

Selected Publications:

2014 Ambiguity and Manifest Destiny:  The Changing Role of Fort Lane in the Cultural Landscape of the Oregon Territory, 1853-2007.  Chapter in Conceptualizing Colonial Pasts through the Archaeology of the Colonized.  Neal Ferris and Rodney Harrison, editors. Oxford University. With Amy Cohen, In Press.  

2014 The Spatial Layout and Development of Fort Lane, Oregon Territory 1853-1856.  In Alis Volat Propris: Tales From the Oregon Territory, 1848-1859.  Occasional Papers No. 9, Pp. 127-146, edited by Chelsea Rose and Mark Tveskov. Association of Oregon Archaeologists, Eugene, Oregon (with Katie Johnson)

2008 Chert Workshop Sites in Southwest Oregon: The View from the Coquille Point and Midnight Dig Sites. In, Dunes, Headlands, Estuaries, and Rivers: Current Archaeological Research on the Oregon Coast. Occasional Papers of the Association of Oregon Archaeologists No 8. Edited by Guy L. Tasa and Brian L. O’Neill page 107-118.

2007 Social Identity and Culture Change on the Southern Northwest Coast.  American Anthropologist 109(3):431-441.

2007 The Limpy Creek Site (35JO39): A Contact Period Fishing Camp on the Rogue River, Southwest Oregon.  University of Oregon AnthropologicalPapers 67.  Eugene: University of Oregon. (Brian O'Neill and Mark Tveskov).    

2007 Vikings, Vixens, and Valhalla: Hollywood Depictions of the Norse.  In Box Office Archaeology: Refining Hollywood’s Portrayals of the Past, Pp. 34-50, edited by Julie M. Schablitsky.  Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek.  (with Jon Erlandson)

Selected Presentations:

2007 Symposium Organizer and Chair: The Finest Place in North America: The Archaeology of Forts of the Oregon Territory. Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, Williamsburg VA.

2007 They are Killing Indians in the Valley: The Archaeology of Fort Lane, Oregon. Paper presented at the Symposium: The Finest Place in North America: The Archaeology of Forts of the Oregon Territory. Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, Williamsburg VA.

2006 The Fort Lane Archaeology Project. Invited banquet speech at the 7th Annual Oregon Heritage Conference, Coos Bay, Oregon. Sponsored by the Oregon Heritage Commission and the Coquille Indian Tribe.2006 Identity and Culture Change on the Southern Northwest Coast. Paper presented at the symposium Northwest Native Cultural Persistence and Change in the Post-Contact Period: Insights from Archaeological and material Culture Studies at the 59th Annual Northwest Anthropological Conference, Seattle.

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