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Archaeobotany Lab Publications

Roberts, H., Louderback, L.A., Hardin, K. (2024) The Hotbed Site: A Basketmaker II Women’s Retreat for Birthing or Menarche in Southwestern Utah. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 43(2): 3-16.

Wilks, S., & Louderback, L. A. (2023). Identification of starch granules on ground stone tools exposed to fire. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports48: 103923

Louderback, L.A.,Wilks, S., Herzog, N.M., Brown, G.H., Joyce, K.T., Pavlik, B.M. (2022) Morphometric Identification of Starch Granules from Archaeological Contexts: Diagnostic Characteristics of Seven Major North American Plant Families. Frontiers in Earth Science,

Louderback. L. A. (2022) Climate-driven Dietary Change on the Colorado Plateau, USA and Implications for Gender-specific Foraging Patterns. American Antiquity, 1-17.

Joyce, K.T., Louderback, L.A., Robinson, E. (2022) Direct Evidence for Geophyte Exploitation in the Wyoming Basin. American Antiquity, 1-12.

Pavlik, B.M., Louderback, L. A., Vernon, K. B., Yaworsky, P. M., Codding, B. F., Wilson C., Clifford, A.  (2021) Plant species richness at archaeological sites suggests enduring ecological legacy of Indigenous subsistence on the Colorado Plateau, USA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118(21): 1-5.  

Wilks, S.L., Louderback, L.A., Boomgarden, S.A. (2021) Starch Granule Size and Morphology as a Proxy for Water Regime Influence on Zea mays. Ethnobiology Letters 12(1): 35-43.

Rhode, D., Louderback, L.A., Brugger, S. (2021) Holocene subalpine woodland dynamics in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Mountains, Utah, USA. The Holocene 31(3): 502-510.

Brown, G.H., Louderback, L.A. (2020) Identification of Starch Granules from Oak and Grass Species in the central coast of California. Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports 33 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102549)

Louderback, L. A., Kiahtipes, C. A., Janetski, J. C. (2020) Holocene vegetation and climate change on the Colorado Plateau in southern Utah, USA. Quaternary Research 94: 31-45. (

Louderback, L.A. and Pavlik, B.M. (2018) Integrating Modern Vegetation and Ethnographic Data to Understand Dietary Choices in the Past: the Case of the Southern Paiute, Utah. Human Ecology 46: 897-908. (

Herzog, N.M., Louderback, L.A., Pavlik, B.M. (2018) Effects of cultivation on tuber and starch granule morphometrics of Solanum jamesii and implications for interpretation of the archaeological record. Journal of Archaeological Science 98: 1-6. (

Louderback, L.A. and Pavlik, B.M., (2017) Starch granule evidence for the earliest potato use in North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(29) 7606-7610. (

Herzog N.M., Baker M., Pavlik B.M., Beck, K., Creer, S., Louderback L.A., (2017) A multi-proxy approach to archaeobotanical research: Archaic and Fremont diets, Utah. Journal of  Archaeological Research: Reports, 15, 169-178. (

Louderback, L.A., Herzog, N.M., Pavlik, B.M. (2016) A New Approach to Identifying Starch Granules of Wild Food Plants from Arid Western North America. Starch: Stärke. 68, 1-7 (

Louderback, L.A., Field, J., Janetski, J.C. (2015) Curation Practices and Extraction Methods in Relation to Starch Grain Yields from Ground Stone Artifacts.  Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 4, 535-540. (doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2015.10.011

Louderback, L.A., Rhode, D., Madsen, D.B., Metcalf, M. (2015) Rapid Vegetation Shifts in the Uinta Mountains (Utah and Wyoming, USA) during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 438, 327-343 (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.08.026).

Rhode, D. and Louderback, L.A. (2015) Bonneville Basin Environments during the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition. In The Paleoarchaic Occupation of the Old River Bed Delta, D. Madsen, D. Schmitt and D. Page (Eds.) University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

Louderback, L.A., Pavlik, B.M. and Spurling, A.M. (2013) Ethnographic and Archaeological Evidence Corroborating Yucca as a Food Source, Mojave Desert, USA. Journal of Ethnobiology 33, 281-297. (

Louderback, L.A. and Rhode, D. (2009) 15,000 Years of Vegetation Change in the Bonneville Basin: The Blue Lake Pollen Record, Quaternary Science Reviews, 29, 1-19 (

Rhode, D. and Louderback, L.A. (2007) Dietary Plant Use in the Bonneville Basin during the Terminal Pleistocene-Early Holocene Transition. In K.E. Graf and D.N. Schmitt, Paleoindian or Paleoarchaic? Great Basin Human Ecology at the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition, pp. 231-247. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

Last Updated: 3/1/24