Dana N. Bardolph Ph.D.

Archaeologist & Paleoethnobotanist

Connecting people and plants through space and time

Selected Publications

More Publications

. Maize and Mississippian Beginnings. Mississippian Beginnings, 2017.


. Sociopolitics in Southeastern Archaeology: The Role of Gender in Scholarly Authorship. Southeastern Archaeology 35(3), 2016.


. New World Paleoethnobotany in the New Millennium (2000–2013). Journal of Archaeological Research 24(2), 2016.


. Sexuality: Ancient North America. The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, 2015.


Recent & Upcoming Talks

Platforms and Pilgrimage at Fandel Mounds: New Insights into Mississippian Beginnings in the Illinois Valley.
Nov 14, 2018 2:00 PM
Mounds, Missionaries, and Merchants: Cahokian Cultural Influence in the Central Illinois Valley.
Oct 28, 2018 3:00 PM
A View from the Pampas: Re-evaluating Agricultural Strategies and Irrigation Water Management in Chan Chan’s Hinterland.
Oct 20, 2018 10:00 AM

Research Projects

Early Cahokia Migration

I am currently co-directing the Early Cahokia Migration Project with Dr. Gregory Wilson (UCSB), which explores population movements, mound ceremonialism, and variation in plant foodways in response to Mississippianization at the Fandel site, an early Mississippian mound center in west-central Illinois.

Moche Foodways

My dissertation explored the dynamics of food production, migration, and sociopolitical change during the consolidation of the Southern Moche state of north coastal Peru during the Early Intermediate Period (400 BCE – A.D. CE), primarily through the lens of paleoethnobotany.

Discipline Sociopolitics

Parallel to my archaeological research, I am committed to an active research program on discipline sociopolitics. Archaeologists are increasingly questioning the social construction of archaeological knowledge and the real-world consequences of contemporary practice, from its impact on descendant communities to the roles of researchers themselves.


Cornell Anthropology

  • ANTHR 2165 Food in the Ancient World

    forthcoming lower division lecture course

  • ANTHR 4045 / 7045 Ethical Issues in Archaeology Course Syllabus

    graduate seminar

  • ANTHR 1101 Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History Course Syllabus

    freshman writing seminar

UCSB Anthropology

  • ANTH 133 Cultural Developments in Mesoamerica* Course Syllabus

    upper division lecture course

  • ANTH 197DB Archaeology of Culture Contact and Colonialism Course Syllabus

    upper division seminar

  • ANTH 131 North American Indians Course Syllabus

    upper division lecture course

*Awarded UCSB Graduate Student Association (GSA) Excellence in Teaching Award