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I have taught at the University of Arizona since 1991. I was the first hire in W. David Kingery's Culture, Science and Technology Program and taught the history and sociology of technology in both the College of Social Sciences and the College of Engineering. From 2003 to 2008 I coordinated the NSF/University of Arizona IGERT Program in Archaeological Sciences, which has so far produced 28 PhDs. My earlier research was mostly in archaeometallurgy, and in Africa, but since 2009 has been mostly on the provenance of archaeological materials worldwide. I provide the expertise in optical petrography for studies of the provenance of low-fired pottery in Botswana, New Caledonia and the southwestern USA, and collaborate with isotope geochemist Joaquin Ruiz, and with current and former PhD advisees, to use lead and strontium isotopes for provenance of non-ferrous metals, turquoise, and lead glazes in the southwestern USA and in Africa. I am an Advisory Editor of the Journal of Archaeological Science, and a member of the Editorial Boards of Archaeometry, Journal of African Archaeology, Advances in Archaeological Practice and Ethnoarchaeology. I am strongly influenced by the World History movement, and apply its comparative perspective to the history and prehistory of technology worldwide. I am also an Adjunct Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and a contributing faculty member to their program in Conservation Science.

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Courses
  • AM
    Archaeological Methodology

  • MPE
    Mineral Properties Engineering

  • PP
    Patterns in Prehistory

  • ASMAA
    Archaeometry: Scientific Methods in Art and Archaeology

  • WA
    World Archaeology

  • CSA
    Cultures and Societies of Africa

  • NWCC
    Non-Western Cultures and Civilizations

Grants
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    Trade and the Development of Social Complexity

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2019

    $257.3K
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    Enhancing Shared Facilities for Archaeological Science at the University of Arizona

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2016

    $200.1K
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    Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Technological Analysis of Lead Glaze Ceramics

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2014

    $23.1K
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    Developing Heavy Stable Isotopes for Provenance of Turquoise, Metals and Glass

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2009

    $269.7K
News
  • New Research Unveils True Origin of Ancient Turquoise

    2018

  • UA Research Sheds New Light on Early Turquoise Mining in Southwest

    2017

  • William R. Dickinson, Major Figure in Plate Tectonics and Pacific Archaeology, Dies

    2015

  • UA Students Study Ancient Greek Pottery Techniques

    2013

  • Art and Science Converge in State Museum Exhibit

    2008

  • The Mysterious Case of Columbus's Silver Ore

    2007

  • Clues to African Archaeology Found in Lead Isotopes

    2006

  • NSF Grant to Aid Archaeological Sciences

    2002

  • Year in Review 2001: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

    2001

Publications (130)
Recent
  • Reconstructing the geological provenance and long-distance movement of rectangular, fishtail, and croisette copper ingots in Iron Age Zambia and Zimbabwe

    2023

  • Copper smelting and refining in the Pampa de Chaparrí, Lambayeque, Peru, ca. 1030–1180 cal AD.

    2022

  • Understanding social connections within the Bismarck Archipelago through petrographic and motif analyses of Mussau Lapita pottery assemblages

    2022

  • Use of non-traditional heavy stable isotopes in archaeological research

    2021

  • Investigation of provenances of Early Islamic lead glazes from northern Central Asia using elemental and lead isotope analyses

    2021

  • Long-distance Lapita pottery transfers and ancient social relationships: a case study from the St. Maurice-Vatcha (KVO003) Lapita site on Île des Pins, New Caledonia (Southern …

    2020

  • Petrographic and chemical analyses of sherds from the Kurin Lapita site (Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia), ca. 3000–2700 BP

    2020

  • The Early Iron Metallurgy of Bassar, Togo: furnaces, metallurgical remains and iron objects

    2020

  • Archaeology and oral tradition in Malawi: origins and early history of the Chewa: by Yusuf M. Juwayeyi. Woodbridge (UK) and Rochester (USA), James Currey, 2020, 262 pp., $99 …

    2020

  • Geological constraints on the use of lead isotopes for provenance in archaeometallurgy

    2020

  • Edwin Wilmsen’s Contributions to Ethnoarchaeology

    2019

  • Lead isotope ratios of Pueblo I lead-glazed ceramics and galena from Colorado and Pueblo II galena from Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

    2019

  • Keeping up alliances: multifaceted values of pottery in eighth-to seventeenth-century eastern Botswana as reconstructed by optical petrography

    2019

  • Non-ferrous metal artefacts from the northern Lowveld, South Africa, ca. 1000 CE to ca. 1880 CE

    2019

  • The Manaledi Clay Mine: a ca. 1500 Year-Long Record of Potting from a Single Clay Source in the Tswapong Hills, Eastern Botswana

    2019

  • Exploring operational chains and technological styles in the production of domestic polished wares from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

    2018

  • Did China import metals from Africa in the Bronze Age?

    2018

  • Making Pots in Manaledi

    2018

  • Lead isotope and metal source of Shang bronzes: a response to Sun et al.’s comments

    2018

  • Was Aztec and Mixtec turquoise mined in the American Southwest?

    2018

  • Making pots in Manaledi: people, material and history

    2018

  • IROn OBJECTS

    2017

  • Tracing Ingombe Ilede's trade connections

    2017

  • Canyon Creek revisited: New investigations of a late prehispanic turquoise mine, Arizona, USA

    2017

  • The Forge Slag of Dogon Country (Mali): Between Ethnoarcheology, Experimental Archeology and Archeometry

    2017

  • Les Scories de Forge du Pays Dogon (Mali): Entre Ethnoarchéologie, Archéologie Experimentale et Archéométrie

    2017

  • The Technological Development of Decorated Corinthian Pottery, 8th to 6th Centuries BCE

    2017

  • Copper mining and smelting technology in the northern Lowveld, South Africa, ca. 1000 CE to ca. 1880 CE

    2016

  • Moijabana Rocks-Pilikwe pots: the acceleration of clay formation by potters employing simple mechanical means

    2016

  • Copper mining and metallurgy in the northern Lowveld, South Africa, ca. 1000 CE - ca. 1880.

    2016

  • A global perspective on the pyrotechnologies of Sub-Saharan Africa

    2016

  • Moijabana rocks and Pilikwe potters: acceleration of clay formation by potters employing simple mechanical means

    2016

  • Connection and competition: some early insights gained from petrographic studies of New Caledonian Lapita pottery

    2016

  • Invention and Innovation in African iron smelting

    2015

  • Archaeometallurgy as archaeology: a keynote lecture.

    2015

  • The Technological Development of Decorated Corinthian Pottery, 8 th to 6 th Centuries BCE

    2015

  • Scale armor on the North American frontier

    2015

  • Invention and innovation in African iron-smelting technologies

    2015

  • Diabase temper as a marker for Laguna ceramics

    2015

  • The awkward adolescence of archaeological science

    2015

  • Scale armor on the North American frontier: Lessons from the John G. Bourke armor

    2015

  • Isotopic evidence for the provenance of turquoise in the southwestern United States

    2015

  • Using evidence from natural sciences in archaeology

    2014

  • Paradise for Petrographers: Tracking Movements of Lapita Pottery (1200-900 cal BCE) between New Caledonia, Isle des Pins, the Loyalty Islands and Vanuatu

    2014

  • A novel approach to lead isotope provenance studies of tin and bronze: applications to South African, Botswanan and Romanian artifacts

    2014

  • From ores to metals

    2014

  • Technological Behavior in the Southwest: Pueblo I Lead Glaze Paints from the Upper San Juan Region

    2014

  • Technological behavior in the Southwest: Pueblo 1 glaze paints from the upper San Juan region.

    2014

  • A pre-Columbian copper alloy smelting furnace: Mössbauer and XRD study of the firing conditions

    2014

  • Smelting of magnetite and magnetite–ilmenite iron ores in the northern Lowveld, South Africa, ca. 1000 CE to ca. 1880 CE

    2014

  • Archaeological theories and archaeological sciences

    2013

  • Métallurgie du Fer et Sociétés Africaines: Bilans et nouveaux paradigmes dans la recherche anthropologique et archéologique. By Caroline Robion-Brunner & Bruno Martinelli. BAR …

    2013

  • An early Paleoindian bead from the mockingbird gap site, New Mexico

    2013

  • Gold and gold mining in ancient Egypt and Nubia

    2013

  • Exchange spheres identified by using both chemical compositional and petrographic analysis: A case study from six Lapita sites of New Caledonia

    2013

  • Iron Metallurgy and African Societies: Reports and new paradigms in archeological and anthropological research

    2013

  • Archaeometallurgy: the study of preindustrial mining and metallurgy

    2012

  • An alternative approach to the prehispanic turquoise trade

    2012

  • Determining the provenances of Lapita pottery excavated from six New Caledonian sites using petrography, INAA, and ICPMS analyses

    2011

  • The technology of tin smelting in the Rooiberg Valley, Limpopo Province, South Africa, ca. 1650–1850 CE

    2010

  • A Chalcolithic error: rebuttal to Amzallag 2009

    2010

  • Mineralogical study of precolonial (1650–1850 CE) tin smelting slags from Rooiberg, Limpopo Province, South Africa

    2010

  • Contacts between West Africa and Roman North Africa: archaeometallurgical results from Kissi, northeastern Burkina Faso

    2009

  • A quiet crisis in American archaeology

    2009

  • Cairo to Cape: the spread of metallurgy through eastern and southern Africa

    2009

  • Analytical Chemistry in Archaeology. Mark Pollard, Catherine Batt, Ben Stern, and Suzanne M.M. Young, 2007, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. xiv + …

    2009

  • A novel approach to lead isotope provenance studies of tin and bronze

    2009

  • Mineralogical study of precolonial (1650-1850 CE) tin smelting slags from Rooiberg, Limpopo Province, South Africa

    2009

  • The technology of tin smelting in the Rooiberg Valley, Limpopo Province, South Africa, ca. 1650-1850 CE

    2009

  • Mmopi le Mmopa: Making pottery in Botswana today and c. 1000 years ago

    2009

  • Agency, dependency, and long–distance trade

    2009

  • Archaeological science in the USA and in Britain

    2008

  • THE SOCIAL GEOGRAPHY OF POTTERY IN BOTSWANA AS RECONSTRUCTED BY OPTICAL PETROGRAPHY

    2008

  • Metals and Mines: Studies in Archeometallurgy, Susan La Niece, Duncan Hook, Paul Craddock (Eds.), Archetype Publications, in association with the British Museum, London (2007 …

    2008

  • The strange case of the earliest silver extraction by European colonists in the New World

    2007

  • Myth, ritual, and metallurgy in ancient Greece and recent Africa

    2007

  • Archaeological science and African archaeology

    2006

  • Seaching for a Silver Lining: Using Pb Isotopes to Constrain the Source of Argentiferous Galena at La Isabela

    2005

  • Comments IV: Is there really a chasm between archaeological theory and archaeological science?

    2005

  • COMMENTS ON A. JONES,‘ARCHAEOMETRY AND MATERIALITY: MATERIALS-BASED ANALYSIS IN THEORY AND PRACTICE’, ARCHAEOMETRY, 46 (3), 327–338, 2004, AND REPLY* COMMENTS I: POST-TEXTUAL …

    2005

  • Slag identification at southern African archaeological sites

    2004

  • Social constructionist approaches to the study of technology

    2004

  • Pardon the introduction: a preface to our papers

    2004

  • David Killick

    2004

  • What do we know about African iron working?

    2004

  • Ironworking on the Swahili coast of Kenya

    2003

  • On the value of mixed methods in studying mining communities

    2002

  • An historical account of iron smelting in the Lowveld, South Africa

    2002

  • RAMAGE AND CRADDOCK, King Croesus' Gold: Excavations at Sardis and the History of Gold Refining

    2002

  • Technology and Social Agency: Outlining a Practice Theory for Archaeology

    2002

  • Metal working in the northern Lowveld, South Africa AD 1000–1890

    2001

  • RADIOMETRIC DATING OF THE EARLIEST IRON IN AFRICA: TECHNIQUES AND INTERPRETATIONS

    2001

  • Science, speculation and the origins of extractive metallurgy

    2001

  • A study of iron smelting at Lopanzo, Equateur Province, Zaıre

    1999

  • Iron technology in East Africa: Symbolism, science, and archaeology

    1999

  • A failure to discriminate: Querying Oxidizable Carbon Ratio (OCR) dating

    1999

  • Formative ceramic kilns and production in Batán Grande, north coast of Peru

    1998

  • Archaeology and archaeometry: from casual dating to a meaningful relationship?

    1997

  • Early metal mining and production. Paul T. Craddock, 1995, Smithsonian Institution Press, xix+ 363 pp., $59.00 (hardbound).

    1997

  • In Quest of Mineral Wealth: Aboriginal and Colonial Mining and Metallurgy in Spanish America (Geoscience and Man, vol. 33)

    1996

  • On claims for “advanced” ironworking technology in precolonial Africa

    1996

  • Indigenous and imported metals at Swahili sites on the coast of Kenya

    1994

  • Metallurgy of Bronze Age Margiana

    1993

  • Indigenous African metallurgy: nature and culture

    1993

  • Adaptation of technology to culture and environment: bloomery iron smelting in America and Africa

    1993

  • Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology II. Pamela B. Vandiver, James Druzik, and George Seagan Wheeler, editors. Symposium Proceedings Vol. 185. Materials …

    1992

  • Kasungu and Kaluluma oral traditions

    1992

  • The metallurgy of the American bloomery process

    1992

  • SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS IN ARCHAEOLOGY AND ITS INTERPRETATION-HENDERSON, J

    1992

  • A tin lerale from the Soutpansberg, northern Transvaal, South Africa

    1991

  • A little-known extractive process: iron smelting in natural-draft furnaces

    1991

  • The relevance of recent African iron-smelting practice to reconstructions of prehistoric smelting technology

    1991

  • An Archeological Survey of Bloomery Forges in the Adirondacks

    1990

  • Metallurgy and Metallurgists in African Societies: An International Directory of Researchers

    1990

  • Technology in its social setting: bloomery iron-smelting at Kasungu, Malawi, 1860-1940

    1990

  • Between bloomery and blast furnace: Mafa iron-smelting technology in North Cameroon

    1989

  • The Blooms of Banjeli: Technology and Gender in West African Ironmaking

    1988

  • Reassessment of the evidence for early metallurgy in Niger, West Africa

    1988

  • The mechanism of iron production in the bloomery furnace

    1988

  • Recent films and publications on African metallurgy

    1988

  • Microstructures of Puddling Slags from Fontley, England and Roxbury, Connectient, USA

    1987

  • Recent iron-smelting in central Malawi

    1987

  • European Trade Beads in Southern African

    1987

  • On the dating of African metallurgical sites

    1987

  • Appendix A by David J. Killick

    1986

  • Man on the Kafue: The Archaeology and History of the Itezhitezhi area of Zambia

    1986

  • The Mimbres People: Ancient Pueblo Painters of the American Southwest

    1984

  • Square: an iron smelting site near Phalaborwa

    1979

  • An Attempt to Trace the Movement of Iron Ores in the Transvaal Lowveld by the XRF Analysis of Slags

    1977

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