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Keith W. Kintigh
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1982

SHESC Themes: Culture, Heritage and Identity; Societies and Their Natural Environments

Field specializations: archaeology, economic anthropology, human settlement, quantitative methods, social organization, spatial technologies

Regional focus: North America (Southwest)


About Research
My career-long commitment to understanding political organization in middle-range societies has focused on the Cíbola area along the Arizona-New Mexico border near Zuni Pueblo. This constitutes most of the independent field work I have undertaken (with graduate students) in my 18 years at ASU and continues to be a major focus of my independent research effort. In addition to extensive excavation, we have surveyed on the order of 100km² and recorded more than 900 archaeological sites in the area. (In years past, I also engaged in extended fieldwork in Morocco and Peru.)

My other major research focus has been on the development and application of quantitative methods in archaeology. Recent efforts are largely devoted to the topics of diversity and spatial analysis. Through this work I was invited to be a member, Secretary, and Vice President of Commission 4 (Data Management and Mathematical Methods in Archaeology) of the Union Internationale des Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques.

Over the last few years, I have devoted increasing amounts of my time to three collaborative research teams. The first is a group using resilience theory to understand stability and change in coupled socioecological systems through a synthesis of data from several prehistoric cases in the Southwest US. Zuni is a key case study in this effort, and the collaborative project will contribute importantly to progress on my Cíbola research.

A second effort is a joint archaeology and ecology field project on Perry Mesa, in Agua Fria National Monument just north of Phoenix. Its goal is to understand the social and ecological circumstances under which semi-arid ecosystem structure and function are permanently transformed in the course of relatively short term, low intensity human occupation.

Finally, I am leading an effort toward the development of a cyberinfrastructure for archaeology, an information infrastructure that would not only maintain and make more accessible archival data sets, but-through an ability to integrate data across projects-would provide the ability to transform the landscape for synthetic and comparative research.

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About Teaching
My greatest investment of time in teaching is in one-on-one contact with graduate students, and increasingly, with undergraduates. I have enjoyed and benefited from working closely both with graduate students who are both working on topics near to my research interests and those much more distant. It has been rewarding to see that students who have worked with me enjoy notable success. I was recently honored to receive the University's Outstanding Doctoral Mentor award. My undergraduate classroom teaching has been dedicated to introductory courses in New World and Southwest archaeology. At the graduate level I have taught a range of courses, most recently concentrated on quantitative topics.

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Other Activities
Over the last 20 years, my service has mainly been split between departmental and national service. In that interval, I served as Secretary and then President of the Society for American Archaeology (the major professional organization of Americanist archaeologists), and then chair of the Society's Nominating Committee. For the last 15 years I have chaired and otherwise been heavily involved in SAA's Committee on Repatriation frequently acting as a spokesperson in national fora (e.g. Congressional hearings) and to the national press on the topic of repatriation. I have consistently been an active participant in departmental service activities.

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Select Publications
Kintigh, K.W., D.M. Glowacki, and D.L. Huntley (2004)
Long-term Settlement History and the Emergence of Towns in the Zuni Area. American Antiquity 69(3): 432-456.

Huntley, D.L. and K.W. Kintigh (2004)
Archaeological Patterning and Organizational Scale of Late Prehistoric Settlement Clusters in the Zuni Region of New Mexico. In The Protohistoric Pueblo World: A.D. 1275-1600 , edited by Andrew I. Duff and E. Charles Adams. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Lovis, W.A., K.W. Kintigh, V.P. Steponaitis, and L.G. Goldstein (2004)
Archaeological Perspectives on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: Underlying Principles. Legal Perspectives on Cultural Resources, edited by Jennifer R. Richman and Marion P. Forsyth, pp. 165-184. Altamira Press, Walnut Creek.

Kintigh, K. W. (2000)
Leadership strategies in protohistoric Zuni towns. Pp. 95-116 in B. J. Mills ed., Alternative leadership strategies in the greater Southwest. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Kintigh, K. W. (1996)
The Cibola region in the post-Chacoan era. Pp. 131-144 in M. Adler, ed., The prehistoric pueblo world, A.D. 1150-1350. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Kintigh, K. W., T. L. Howell, and A. Duff (1996)
Post-Chacoan social integration at the Hinkson Site, New Mexico. Kiva 61(3):257-274.

Nelson, B. A., T. D. Kohler, and K. W. Kintigh (1994)
Demographic alternatives: Consequences for current models of Southwestern prehistory. Pp. 113-146 in G. Gumerman and M. Gell-Mann, eds., Understanding complexity in the prehistoric Southwest. Santa Fe Institute Studies in the Sciences of Complexity, Proceeding Volume XIV. Addison Wesley.

Kintigh, K.W. (1990)
Intrasite Spatial Analysis: A Commentary on Major Methods. In Mathematics and Information Science in Archaeology: A Flexible Framework, edited by Albertus Voorrips. Studies in Modern Archaeology 3: 165-200. HOLOS-Verlag, Bonn.

Kintigh, K.W. (1989)
Sample size, significance, and measures of diversity. In Quantifying Diversity in Archaeology, edited by Robert D. Leonard and George T. Jones, pp. 25-36. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Kintigh, K. W., and A. J. Ammerman (1982)
Heuristic approaches to spatial analysis in archaeology. American Antiquity 47(1):31-63. Kintigh, K. W. 1984. Settlement, subsistence, and society in late Zuni prehistory. Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona 44.

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Contact: Keith W. Kintigh

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