Dana N. Bardolph Ph.D.

Archaeologist & Paleoethnobotanist

Connecting people and plants through space and time

Selected Publications

. Transregional Social Fields of the Early Mississippian Midcontinent. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 27(1), 2020.

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. Controlling the Narrative: A Comparative Examination of Gendered Publishing Trends in the SCA and Beyond. California Archaeology, 10(2), 2018.

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. “A Song of Resilience”: Exploring Communities of Practice in Chumash Basket Weaving in Southern California. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, 38(2), 2018.

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. Maize and Mississippian Beginnings. Mississippian Beginnings, 2017.

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

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

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. The Lamb Site (11SC24): Evidence of Cahokian Contact and Mississippianization in the Central Illinois River Valley. Illinois Archaeology 27, 2015.

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

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. A Critical Evaluation of Recent Gendered Publishing Trends in American Archaeology. American Antiquity 79(3), 2014.

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Recent & Upcoming Talks

In the Same Room: Coming Together to Change Institutional Climates on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harrasment Prevention.
Nov 21, 2019 10:15 AM
From Kitchen Gardens to State Fields: Domestic and Political Economy in Chan Chan’s Hinterlands.
Apr 27, 2019 11:00 AM
Changing Patterns of Plant Use at Formative and Classic Period Matacanela.
Apr 11, 2019 7:30 PM
The Strata of Gender Equity: Sociopolitics from CRM to the Academy.
Mar 1, 2019 2:30 PM
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

Illinois Valley Mississippian Origins Project

I am currently co-directing the Illinois Valley Mississippian Origins 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.


NIU Anthropology

  • ANTH 412 / 512 Ancient North America

    Course Syllabus upper division / graduate seminar

Cornell Anthropology

  • ANTHR / ARKEO 2165 Food in the Ancient World

    Course Syllabus 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