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Ted Goebel

Ted Goebel
Associate Director for the Center for the Study of the First Americans
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  • Anthropology 208
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PhD, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1993


Peopling of the Americas, stone artifact analysis, Paleoindian archaeology, Alaska & Siberia

Current Research Projects:

My research focuses on the Ice Age origins of the first Americans. Through my career I have worked on Paleolithic and Paleoindian sites in remote areas of Russia (interior Siberia, Kamchatka and Chukotka), Alaska, and the intermountain west of North America (Nevada, California, Oregon, Utah, and Idaho). I currently direct field-based archaeological projects in Alaska and the Great Basin. In Alaska, our team’s research focuses on explaining variability in human technologies of Pleistocene Beringians. Since 2009 we have excavated a buried fluted-point site called Serpentine Hot Springs, which dates to about 12,000 years ago and is located in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. Besides this, we are surveying for early sites in the uppermost Tanana River valley and middle Yukon basin of Alaska, and we are analyzing old collections from the Nenana valley region. Our Great Basin program for the past decade has been centered on Bonnville Estates Rockshelter, eastern Nevada, where we unearthed evidence of human cultures spanning the last 13,000 years. Although fieldwork at Bonneville Estates is now complete, we are still engaged in analyses of a variety of paleoecological and archaeological materials from it, for example 12,000-year old grasshoppers, 8000 year old human coprolites, and hundreds of projectile points representing all periods of Great Basin prehistory. We have also initiated new field research in southern Idaho, investigating the chronology of early fluted- and stemmed-point technologies.

Courses Taught:

ANTH 330 – Anthropological Field School
ANTH 350 – Archaeology of the Old World
ANTH 412 – Archaeological Theory
ANTH 447/647 – Lithic Artifact Analysis
ANTH 602 – Archaeological Methods & Theory
ANTH 651 – Pleistocene Prehistory of Northeast Asia and Alaska
ANTH 689 – Method and Theory in the Peopling of the Americas
ANTH 689 – Lithic Technological Organization

Current Graduate Students:

Marion Coe, Caitlin Doherty, Josh Lynch, Katelyn McDonough (co-chair), Jordan Pratt, John White (co-chair)

Selected and Recent Publications:

2016       Goebel, T., and B. A. Potter. First traces: Late Pleistocene human settlement of the Arctic. In Handbook of Arctic Archaeology, edited by O. Mason and M. Friesen, pp. 223-252. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

2016       Lee, C., and T. Goebel. The slotted antler points from Trail Creek Caves, Alaska: New information on their age and technology. PaleoAmerica 2(1):40-47.

2015       Goebel, T. Expanding the dialog on the peopling of the Americas. PaleoAmerica 1(4):295-296.

2014       Kaifu, Y., M. Izuho, T. Goebel, H. Sato, and A. Ono (editors) Emergence and Diversity of Modern Human Behavior in Paleolithic Asia. Texas A&M University Press, College Station.

2014       Erlandson, J. M., D. J. Kennett, B. J. Culleton, T. Goebel, G. C. Nelson, and C. Skinner. Eyed bone needles from a Younger Dryas Paleoindian component at Tule Lake Rock Shelter, northern California. American Antiquity 79:776-781.

2014       Seguin-Orlando, A., T. S. Korneliussen, M. Sikora, A.-S. Malaspinas, A. Manica, I. Moltke, A. Albrechtsen, A. Ko, A. Margaryan, v. Moiseyev, T. Goebel, M. Westaway, D. Lambert, V. Khartanovich, J. D. Wall, P. R. Nigst, R. A. Foley, M. M. Lahr, R. Nielsen, L. Orlando, and E. Willerslev. Genomic structure in Europeans dating back at least 36,200 years. Science 10.1126/science.aaa0114.

2014       Smith, G. M., P. Barker, E. M. Hattori, A. Raymond and T. Goebel. Identifying dart and arrow points in the Great Basin: A reply to Hockett et al. American Antiquity 79:566-569.

2013       Goebel, T., Smith, H. L., DiPietro, L., Waters, M. R., Hockett, B., Graf, K. E., Gal, R., Slobodin, S. B., Speakman, R. J., Driese, S. G., Rhode, D. Serpentine Hot Springs, Alaska: results of excavations and implications for the age and significance of northern fluted points. Journal of Archaeological Science40:4222-4233.