James F. O’Connell and Great Basin Archaeology

Author(s): Robert Elston

Year: 2015


Jim O’Connell began his professional career in anthropology as a Berkeley graduate student under Robert Heizer, conducting his dissertation (1971) research on the prehistory of Surprise Valley in NE California. A teaching position at UC Riverside (1970-72) was soon supplanted by a research fellowship (1973-78) in Prehistory at Australian National University during which he pursued ethnoarchaeological research among the Alyawara. In 1978, he joined the Anthropology Department at the University of Utah, where he soon began the long collaboration with Kristin Hawkes in human behavioral ecology (HBE) that continues to the present. Although working with Hawkes and others mostly in Africa among the Hadza, and no longer a practicing field archaeologist, O’Connell has continued to publish archaeological work based on his dissertation, as well as critiques, insights and applications to Great Basin archaeology derived from his ethnoarchaeological and HBE research. O’Connell and his graduate students have played a key role in the wide adoption of HBE theory and application of HBE models (diet breadth, patch choice, central based foraging) in Great Basin archaeological research.

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James F. O’Connell and Great Basin Archaeology. Robert Elston. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394847)


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