James Allison

Current Courses

Anthr 103 (Archaeology Field Trip)
Anthr 402 (Quantitative Methods for Anthropology)
Anthr 454R (Field School Preparation)
Anthr 455R (Field School of Archaeology)
Anthr 456 (Lab Skills for Anthropology)
Anthr 499 (Senior Thesis)
Anthr 502 (Quantitative Methods for Anthropology - Graduate Students)
Anthr 530 (Great Basin Archaeology)
Anthr 535 (Southwest Seminar)


PhD, Arizona State University, 2000
MA, Brigham Young University, 1990
BS, Brigham Young University, 1985

Research Interest

Dr. Allison's primary research interests are in the small-scale societies of the northern Southwest, quantitative methods, ceramic analysis, and archaeological theory. He has conducted archaeological research in the northern Southwest and eastern Great Basin for more than 20 years and is currently pursuing several research projects examining the roles of cultural diversity, immigration, ritual, and exchange in the development of ancestral Pueblo and Fremont villages. More specifically, these projects include a long-term project focusing on the causes and consequences of the earliest villages in the Four Corners region, research studying the development of (and interaction among) prehistoric communities in southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona, and a multiyear excavation at Wolf Village, a large Fremont site in Utah Valley.

Selected Publications

2012 Meanwhile, in the West: Early Pueblo Communitities in Southeastern Utah. In Crucible of Pueblos: The Eraly Pueblo Period in the Northern Southwest. ​Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, University of California, Los Angeles
2012 Crucible of Pueblos: The Early Pueblo Period in the Northern Southwest (coeditor with Richard Wilshusen and Gregson Schachner). Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, University of California, Los Angeles.
2010 ​Animas-La Plata Project: Volume XIV- Ceramic Studies. ​SWCA Environmental Consultants.
2010 The End of Farming in the 'Northern Periphery' of the Southwest. In Leaving Mesa Verde: Peril and Change in the Thirteenth-Century Southwest, edited by Timothy A. Kohler, Mark D. Varien, and Aaron M. Wright, pp. 128-155. The University of Arizona Press, Tucson.​
2008 Exchanging Identities: Early Pueblo I Red Ware Exchange and Identity North of the San Juan River. In The Social Construction of Communities, edited by Mark D. Varien and James M. Potter, pp. 41-68. AltaMira Press, Lanham.
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