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C. Michael Barton

Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1987

Office : ISTB1 405
Phone : 480-965-6262
Fax : 480-965-7671
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Core Scholarly Themes: Societies and Their Natural Environments.

Research Interests: Barton's research interests center around long-term human ecology and landscape dynamics with ongoing projects in the Mediterranean (late Pleistocene through mid-Holocene) and American Southwest (Holocene-Archaic). He has done fieldwork in Spain, Bosnia, and various locales in North America and has expertise in hunter/gatherer and early farming societies, geoarchaeology, lithic technology, and evolutionary theory, with an emphasis on human/environmental interaction, landscape dynamics, and techno-economic change. He is actively involved in applying quantitative methods in archaeological research, emphasizing spatial technologies (including GIS and remote sensing), exploratory data analysis, and morphological analysis. He is a member of the GRASS GIS international development team.

Barton directs an international, multidisciplinary team studying the long-term interactions of humans and landscapes in the Mediterranean, with support from the National Science Foundation Biocomplexity in the Environment program. This five year project, Mediterranean Landscape Dynamics, is developing multi-dimensional computer models of landscape change and agricultural landuse practices for a 6,000 year period spanning the beginning of farming to the beginning of urban civilization.

About Teaching: Barton teaches courses in Human Impacts on the Environment, Spatial Technologies in Anthropological Research, Geoarchaeology, Lithic Technology, and Issues in Old World Domestication Economies. He also serves as curator for the School's extensive archaeological and ethnographic collections.

His diverse publications including five books and monographsdeal with prehistoric technology, land-use and ecology, geoarchaeology, Darwinian theory, prehistoric rock art, and the peopling of the Americas. His is a member of the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission and the AZSITE Consortium(a multi institutional organization that manages the digital information about the State of Arizona's archaeological and historic resources).

Selected Publications:
C. Michael Barton, J. Bernabeu Auban, O. Garcia Puchol, S. Schmich and L. Molina Balaguer (2004) Long-term socioecology and contingent landscapes. Journal of ArchaeologicalMethod and Theory: 11:253-395.

Julien Riel-Salvatore and C. Michael Barton (2004)
Late Pleistocene technology, economic behavior, and land-use dynamics in southern Italy. American Antiquity, 69(2): 273-290.

C. Michael Barton, G.A. Clark, D. Yesner, & G. Pearson, editors (2004)
The Settlement of the American Continents: a Multidisciplinary Approach to Human Biogeography. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

C. Michael Barton, J. Bernabeu, J.E. Aura, O. Garcia, & N. La Roca (2002)
Dynamic landscapes, artifact taphonomy, and landuse modeling in the western Mediterranean. Geoarchaeology 17(2): 155-190.

Joan Bernabeu, C. Michael Barton, & Manuel Perez Ripoll (2001)
A taphonomic perspective on Neolithic beginnings: theory, interpretation, and empirical data in the western Mediterranean. Journal of Archaeological Science. 28: 597-612.

C. Michael Barton & G.A. Clark (editors) (1997)
Rediscovering Darwin: Evolutionary Theory in Archaeological Explanation. Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, no. 7,Washington, D.C.

C. Michael Barton, Deborah I. Olszewski & Nancy R. Coinman (1996)
Beyond the graver: reconsidering burin function.Journal of Field Archaeology 23(1): 111-125.

C. Michael Barton, G.A. Clark & Allison Cohen (1994)
Art as information: explaining paleolithic art in Europe.World Archaeology,26(2): 184-206.

Michael P. Neeley & C. Michael Barton (1994)
A new approach to interpreting Late-Pleistocene microlith industries in southwest Asia. Antiquity, 68(259): 275-288.

C. Michael Barton & G.A. Clark (1993)
Cultural and natural formation processes in late Quaternary cave and rockshelter sites of western Europe and the Near East. In Formation Processes in Archaeological Context, edited by P. Goldberg, D.T. Nash,and M.D. Petraglia,pp 33-52. Prehistory Press.