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John White

Areas of Speciality
  • Ph.D. Archaeology
Ted Goebel
First Year In the Program


I am a PhD student studying archaeology with the Center for the Study of the First Americans. My interests include island and coastal archaeology, lithic technological organization, landscape learning and exploitation, GIS modeling of ancient landscapes and their use by ancient peoples, and the colonization of uninhabited landscapes. I received my BA in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012, after which I worked extensively in Cultural Resource Management. I has conducted survey and excavation in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Kansas. During the summer of 2018 I joined a team from University of Victoria for a preliminary project testing karst caves on northern Vancouver Island for archaeological materials. I have participated in the excavations at McDonald Creek Alaska, under the direction of Dr. Kelly Graf, for the past two field seasons. My research focuses on modeling the coastline of south-central Alaska to identify Pleistocene-aged landforms likely to contain buried cultural materials and excavations of Pleistocene and Early Holocene sites in the Copper River Basin.