Joel Janetski


PhD, University of Utah, 1983
MA, University of Utah, 1977
BA, Brigham Young University, 1965

Research Interest

Dr. Janetski has a long term interest in hunter-gatherer studies and is currently focused on the timing and routes of the Apachean movement south from Canada to the American Southwest. To that end he is collaborating with Jack Ives, University of Alberta, in research at the Promontory Caves in northern Utah. He is also continuing to work with a colleague, Joan Coltrain at the University of Utah, on the onset of farming in the greater Southwest. They have authored several papers on Basketmaker II dietary emphasis and anticipate additional publications on that topic. Dr. Janetski is also working with two graduate students at the University of Washington in reconstructing paleoenvironments and Early Archaic subsistence relying on data from North Creek Shelter, a deeply stratified site in southern Utah. Finally, he is writing a paper on the social contexts of gaming and exchange in small scale societies such as the Fremont.

Selected Publications

Parezo, Nancy J., and Joel C. Janetski (Eds.). (2014). ​Archaeology of the Great Basin and Southwest: Papers in honor of Don. D. Fowler. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.

Coltrain, Joan, and Joel C. Janetski (2013). The stable and radio-isotope chemistry of southeastern Utah Basketmaker II burials: Dietary analysis using the linear mixing model SISUS, age and sex patterning, geolocation and temporal patterning. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40: 4711-4730.

Fisher, Jacob L., Joel C. Janetski, and Keith L. Johnson. (2013). Variability in far western Puebloan subsistence strategies: The view from the Uinkaret plateau, northwest Arizona. Journal of Arizona Archaeology, 2(2): 140-162.

Coltrain, Joan, Joel C. Janetski, and Michael D. Lewis. (2012). A re-assessment of Basketmaker II cave 7: Massacre site or cemetery context. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39: 2220-2230.

Janetski, Joel C., Bodily, Mark L., Newbold, Bradley A., & Yoder, David T. (2012). The paleoarchais to early archaic transition on the Colorado plateau: The archaeology of North Creek Shelter. American Antiquity, 77(1), 125-159.

Newbold, Bradley A., Janetski, Joel C., Bodily, Mark L., & Yoder, David T. (2012). Early Holocene turkey (meleagris gallopavo) remains from souther Utah: Implications for the origins of the Puebloan domestic turkeys. KIVA: The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History, 78(1), 37-60.

Janetski, Joel C., Bodily, Mark L., Newbold, Bradley A., & Yoder, David T. (2011). Deep human history in Escalante Valley and southern Utah. Utah History Quarterly, 79(3), 204-282.

Baadsgaard, Aubrey, Chazan, Michael, Cummins, Linda, & Janetski Joel C. (2010). Natufian strategy shifts: Evidences from Wadi Mataha 2, Petra, Jordan. Eurasian Prehistory, 7(1), 7-27.  

Janetski, Joel C. (2005). Shifts in Epipaleolithic marine shell exploitation at Wadi Mataha, souther Jordan. In Daniella E. Bar-Yosef Mayer (Ed.), Archaeomalacology: Mollusks in former environments of human behavior (pp. 148-158).
Janetski, Joel C. (2002). Trade in Fremon society: contexts and contrasts. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 21, 344-370.
Janetski, Joel C. (1997).150 Years of Utah Archeology. Utah State Historical Society, 65(2), 100-133.
Janetski, Joel C. (1997).Fremont Hunting and Resource Intensification in the Eastern. Journal of Archaeological Science, 24, 1075-1088.
Janetski, Joel C. (1992).The Mosida Site A Middle Archaic Burial from the Eastern Great BasinJournal of California and Great Basin Anthropology​, 14(2), 180-200.
Janetski, Joel C. (1979).Implications of Snare Bundles in the Great Basin and Southwest. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology,1(2), 306-321.Journal