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The University of Utah Archaeological Center

The University of Utah Archaeological Center (UUAC) is a research and teaching arm of the Department of Anthropology. The Center’s mission is to train the next generation of anthropological archaeologists, facilitate collaborative archaeological research and promote the understanding of archaeology and prehistory in the wider community.

Originally founded in 1948 as the "Statewide Archaeological Survey," its mission was to investigate the prehistoric archaeology of Utah. It was renamed in 1978 and its mission broadened. The Archaeological Center now coordinates research that explores past and present human behavior from the perspective of evolutionary ecology.

The Archaeological Center is located in the Gardner Commons, in the central campus of the University of Utah. It includes a central analysis laboratory, the Zooarchaeological Laboratory (directed by Jack Broughton) and a Stable Isotope Facility (directed by Joan Brenner-Coltrain). The Center has two large laboratory rooms for teaching and research, a newly remodeled meeting and seminar room, a new artifact documentation station capable of high resolution photographs for morphometric studies, a small library that includes archives of local (Great Basin and Colorado Plateau) research records, a store of archaeological field equipment including high precision GPS units and excavation equipment, and office space for faculty and students. The Center is also home to the Zooarchaeological Laboratory (directed by Jack Broughton) and the Stable Isotope Facility (directed by Joan Brenner-Coltrain). UUAC researchers also work in the Red Lab (directed by Andrea Brunelle) and the Natural History Museum of Utah (with Tyler Faith, Lisbeth Louderback, and Duncan Metcalfe).


Brian F. Codding (Ph.D. Stanford University, 2012; Associate Professor)
Interests: Behavioral ecology, ethnoecology, ethnoarchaeology, data analysis, spatial analysis; Australia & North America

Core Faculty

Jack M. Broughton (Ph.D. University of Washington 1995; Professor)
Interests: Zooarchaeology, evolutionary ecology, paleozoogeography; western North America

Joan Brenner Coltrain (Ph.D. University of Utah 1997; Research Associate Professor)
Interests: Archaeological method and theory, stable isotope chemistry; Great Basin, eastern Arctic

Tyler Faith (Ph.D. George Washington University, 2011; Assist. Prof.). 
Quaternary paleoecology, vertebrate paleontology, zooarchaeology, paleoanthropology, modern human origins, extinctions, Africa

Lisbeth A. Louderback (Ph.D. University of Washington 2014; Assistant Professor)
Interests: North American pre-history; Arid West; Quaternary paleoecology; Archaeobotany; Palynology, Starch grain analysis

Duncan Metcalfe  (Ph.D. University of Utah 1987; Associate Professor)
Interests: Archaeological method and theory, evolutionary ecology; western North America

James F. O'Connell (Ph.D. UC Berkeley, 1971; Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
Interests: Hunter-gatherer ecology, archaeological method and theory; Australia, Africa, North America

Richard R. Paine (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1992; Associate Professor)
Interests: Archaeology, prehistoric demography, complex societies, human/land relationships; Mesoamerica, Europe

Affiliated Faculty

Adrian Bell (PhD UC Davis 2011; Assistant Professor)
Interests: Cultural evolution; evolutionary theory; statistical modeling; ethnography of Tonga and the Tongan diaspora communities around the world; migration

Andrea Brunelle (PhD University of Oregon, 2002, Geography Professor)
Interests: Paleoecology, Climate Change, Disturbance Ecology, Desert Wetlands, Land Management

Daniel Contreras (PhD Stanford University, 2007; Adjunct Assistant Professor)
Interests: geoarchaeology, human-environment interactions, digital methods, socioecological modeling, social inequality, looting and cultural heritage

Russell Greaves (Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 1997; Adjunct Associate Professor)
Interests: Hunters and gatherers, small scale agricultural societies, technology; U.S. Southwest Archaeology, ethnology, museum studies

Kristen Hawkes (Ph.D. University of Washington 1976; Distinguished Professor)
Interests: Behavioral ecology, sociobiology, hunter-gatherers

Mitchell J. Power (PhD University of Oregon, 2006, Geography Associate Professor)
Interests: Vegetation History, Botany, Biogeography, Fire History, Paleoecology, Paleoclimatology 

Alan Rogers (PhD University of New Mexico 1982; Professor)
Interests: Population genetics, evolutionary ecology

Last Updated: 6/5/19