M. Steven SHACKLEY

M. Steven SHACKLEY

Professor Emeritus |Archaeology
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Special Interests

Geoarchaeology, North American Southwest, lithic technology and analytical chemistry in archaeology, hunter-gatherers.

Research

My research for the last 30 years has focused on aspects of geoarchaeological science in concert 
 
with lithic technology mainly in the North American Southwest.  I directed the National Science 
 
Foundation sponsored Geoarchaeological XRF Laboratory at Berkeley training many 
 
undergraduate and graduate students in the application of x-ray fluorescence spectrometry in 
 
archaeology, and field practice in archaeological petrology until retirement in 2011.  I continue 
 
the Geoarchaeological XRF Laboratory in New Mexico serving many of those same students 
 
who have gone on to careers in academia, government, and the private sector.  In 2011 the 
 
Society of American Archaeology bestowed the Award for Excellence in Archaeological 
 
Analysis:
 
 "For his integrative approaches in analytical, scientific, and technological lithic 
 
studies, including their applications to social organization of procurement, trade, 
 
and exchange, and his broad-ranging contributions to scholarship in the New and 
 
Old World"
 
My research focus is still the North American Southwest, but continue collaborations with 
 
colleagues in Mexico, Europe and Africa, including work in Neanderthal contexts in the Russian 
 
Caucasus, and early hominid sites in Ethiopia with my former colleague Tim White at Berkeley 
 
and his students and post-doctoral researchers.
 
 

Profile

After serving eight years in the U.S. Marines as an ordnance maintenance officer, I received my
 
A.B. in Anthropology and Geological Science at San Diego State University, my M.A. in 
 
Anthropology at SDSU, and my Ph.D. in Anthropology at Arizona State University.  I came to 
 
Berkeley in 1990 at first in the Lowie Museum, now the Phoebe Hearst Museum of 
 
Anthropology, and later as faculty in the Department of Anthropology