Dana N. Bardolph Ph.D.

Archaeologist & Paleoethnobotanist

Connecting people and plants through space and time

Selected Publications

. The Geophysics of Community, Place, and Identity in the Mississippian Illinois River Valley. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports: 102888, 2021.

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. Report on Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Work Life Balance Survey at Northern Illinois University. Submitted by the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women Subcommittee on Research to Lisa Freeman, NIU President, 2021.

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. An Archaeobotanical Approach to Well-Being: Enslaved Plant Use at Estate Cane Garden, 19th Century St. Croix. Journal of Field Archaeology, 2020.

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. Fisherman, Farmer, Rich Man, Poor Man, Weaver, Parcialidad Chief? Household Archaeology at Cerro La Virgen, a Chimu Town within the Hinterland of Chan Chan. Maritime Communities of the Ancient Andes, edited by O. Gabriel Prieto and Daniel H. Sandweiss, pp. 267–300, 2020.

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

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. Investigando Cerro León, una Colonia Altoandina del Periodo Intermedio Temprano en la Chaupiyunga del Valle de Moche, Perú.. Actas de la Primera Mesa Redonda de Trujillo: Nuevas Perspectivas en la Arqueología de los Valles de Virú, Moche, y Chicama, edited by Gabriel Prieto and Alicia M. Boswell, Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Peru, pp. 84–115., 2019.

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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

Presidential Opening Forum, "What is at Stake in Archaeological Knowledge Production"
Apr 16, 2021 2:45 PM
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.


As an active teacher-scholar, I draw on pedagogical models including Universal Instructional Design and Cultural Inclusion, including teaching in a simple and intuitive manner, using a variety of instructional techniques, making classroom materials accessible to diverse learners, tolerating error, and allowing students to grow in skills throughout the course. I offer a range of courses from large lecture courses to graduate seminars to Honors seminars to independent studies.

NIU Anthropology*

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