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David Byers

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Anthropology - Archaeology

Associate Professor, Co-Director of Graduate Program

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: USU Logan Campus, OM 245C0730 Old Main HillLogan UT
DialPhone: (435) 797-1178
SendEmail: david.byers@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Anthropology, (Zooarchaeology), University of Utah, 2006
Holocene Environmental Change, Artiodactyl Population Histories and Large Game Hunting in Western North America.
MA, Anthropology, (Archaeology), University of Wyoming, 2001
The Hell Gap Site Locality II Agate Basin Faunal Assemblage
Other, Montana State University, 1998
BS, Industrial Supervision, Purdue University, 1988

Teaching Interests

Courses Taught: ANTH 2330 Principles of Archaeology, ANTH 5320 Zooarchaeology, ANTH 6350 Archaeological Theory

Research Interests

Zooarchaeology, site formation, stable isotope analysis, upland/alpine archaeology of Western U.S., coastal foragers of Jamaica, Paleoecology, Paleoindian studies, and Human/Proboscidean interaction.

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

    • Ugan, A.J, Coltrain, J., Byers, D.A, (2010). Variación de δ13C y δ15N en Liebres (Lepus californicus) del Desierto y Precordillera de la Gran Cuenca Oriental: Implicaciones en la Dieta y Paleoclima: Zooarqueología a Principios del Siglo XXI: Aportes Teóricos, Metodológicos y Casos de Estudio.
    • Byers, D.A, (2009). The Hell Gap Site Locality II: History of Excavations and Bone Modifications to the Agate Basin Component Faunal Remains: The Hell Gap Site: A Stratified Paleoindian Campsite on the Edge of the Rockies. University of Utah Press
    • Byers, D.A, Ugan, A.J, (2009). Should We Expect Large Game Specialization in the Late Pleistocene? An Optimal Foraging Perspective on Early Paleoindian Prey Choice: Evolutionary Ecology and Archaeology: Applications and Problems in Human Evolution and Prehistory. University of Utah Press
    • Byers, D.A, (2003). Investigations in the Bridger Mountain Range, Montana: A Backyard Archaeology Project: Islands in the Plains. University of Utah Press

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Byers, D., Henrikson, S., Breslawski, R., (2016). Holocene Cold Storage Practices in the Eastern Snake River Plain: A Risk-Mitigation Strategy for Lean Times. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 43, 56-68.
        • Byers, D.A, Hargiss, E., Finley, J.B, (2015). Flake Morphology, Fluvial Dynamics, and Debitage Transport Potential. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal, 30, 379-392.
        • Breslawski, R., Byers, D.A, (2015). Assessing Measurement Error in Paleofaunal Biometry with Bison Remains. Journal of Archaeological Science, 53, 235-242.
        • Breslawski, R., Byers, D.A, (2015). Skeletal Fat, Processing Intensity, and the Late Holocene Bison from Baker Cave, Southern Idaho. . American Antiquity, 80, 184-192.
        • Byers, D.A, Picka, C., Ray, J., (2014). Heat Treatment, Ozarks Cherts and Prehistoric Toolstone Use in Southwest Missouri. American Antiquity, 79, 507-521.
        • Breslawski, R., Byers, D.A, (2014). Holocene bison diminution on the Snake River Plain, Idaho, USA. The Holocene, 24, 864-875.
        • Byers, D.A, (2013). The Dawson Site: A Paleoindian Camp in the San Rafael Desert. Utah Archaeologist, 25, 1-14.
        • Byers, D.A, (2011). Faunal Assemblage. In The Horsethief Site and Upper Republican Adaptation along the Edge of the High Plains. The Kansas Anthropologist, 31, 93-108.
        • Broughton, J., Cannon, M., Bayham, F., Byers, D.A, (2011). Prey Body Size and Ranking in Zooarchaeology: Theory, Empirical Evidence, and Applications from the Northeastern Great Basin. American Antiquity, 76, 403-428.
        • Nogue's-Bravo, D., Lorenzon, E.D, Orlando, L., Weinstock, J., Binladen, J., Marske, K.A, Ugan, A., Borregaard, M.K, Gilbert, M.T, Nielsen, R., Ho, S.Y, Goebel, T., Graf, K.E, Byers, D.A, Stenderup, J.T, Rasmussen, M., Campos, P.F, Leonard, J.A, Koepfli, K., Froese, D., Zazula, G., Stafford, Jr., T.W, Aaris-Sorensen, K., Batra, P., Haywood, A.M, Singarayer, J.S, Valdes, P.J, Boeskorov, G., Burns, J.A, Davydov, S.P, Haile, J., Jenkins, D.L, Kosintsev, P., Kuznetsova, T., Lai, X., Martin, L.D, McDonald, H.G, Mol, D., Meldgaard, M., Munch, K., Stephan, E., Sablin, M., Sommer, R.S, Sipko, T., Scott, E., Suchard, M.A, Tikhonov, A., Willerslev, R., Wayne, R.K, Cooper, A., Hofreiter, M., Sher, A., Shapiro, B., Rahbek, C., E., , , (2011). Species-Specific Responses of Late Quaternary Megafauna to Climate and Humans. Nature, 479, 359-364.
        • Byers, D.A, Yesner, D., Broughton, J., Coltrain, J., , , , , , , , , , , (2011). Stable Isotope Chemistry, Population Histories and Late Prehistoric Subsistence Change in the Aleutian Islands. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38, 183-196.
        • Byers, D.A, Hill, B., (2009). Pronghorn Dental Age Profiles and Holocene Hunting Strategies at Hogup Cave, Utah. American Antiquity,, 74, 299-322.
        • Ugan, A., Byers, D.A, (2008). A Global Perspective on the Spatiotemporal Pattern of the Late Pleistocene Human and Woolly Mammoth Radiocarbon Record. Quaternary International, 191, 69-81.
        • Broughton, J., Byers, D.A, Bryson, R.A, Eckerle, W., Madsen, R.B, (2008). Did Climatic Seasonality Control Late Quaternary Artiodactyl Densities in Western North America?. Quaternary Science Review, 27, 1916-1937.
        • Smith, C.D, Byers, D.A, Craven, C., (2008). Holocene Bison Procurement and Processing in the Wyoming Basin: The View from the Graham Ranch Site. Plains Anthropologist, 53, 313-322.
        • Byers, D.A, Smith, C., (2007). Ecosystem Controls and the Archaeofaunal Record: An Example from the Wyoming Basin, USA. The Holocene, 17, 1171-1183.
        • Ugan, A., Byers, D.A, (2007). Geotemporal Trends in Proboscidean and Human Population Histories during the Late Pleistocene. Quaternary Science Reviews, 26, 3058-3080.
        • Kelly, R.L, Byers, D.A, Eckerle, W., Goldberg, P., Haynes, C.V, Larsen, R.M, Laughin, J., Mead, J., Wall, S., (2006). Multiple Approaches to Formation Processes: The Pine Spring Site, Southwest Wyoming. Geoarchaeology, 21, 615-638.
        • Byers, D.A, Smith, C., Broughton, J.M, (2005). Holocene Artiodactyl Population Histories and Large Game Hunting in the Wyoming Basin, USA. Journal of Archaeological Science, 32, 125-142.
        • Byers, D.A, Ugan, A., (2005). Should We Expect Large Game Specialization in the Late Pleistocene? An Optimal Foraging Perspective on Early Paleoindian Prey Choice. Journal of Archaeological Science,, 32, 1624-1640.
        • Byers, D.A, Broughton, J., (2004). Holocene Environmental Change, Artiodactyl Abundances, and Human Hunting Strategies in the Great Basin. American Antiquity,, 69, 251- 271.
        • Byers, D.A, (2002). Paleoindian Fat-Seeking Behavior: Evidence from the Hell Gap Site, Locality II Agate Basin Faunal Assemblage. Plains Anthropologist, 47, 389-378.
        • Byers, D.A, (2002). Taphonomic Analysis, Associational Integrity, and Depositional History of the Fetterman Mammoth, Eastern Wyoming, U.S.A. Geoarchaeology, 17, 417- 440.
        • Public or Trade Journal

        • Byers, D., (2016). Soft-Shelled Helmets of the U.S. Air Service. Windsock , 32:4, 28. *
        • Byers, D., (2016). The Imperial German Safety Helmet. Windsock Worldwide, 32:3, 28. *
        • Byers, D., (2016). The Western Electric 1-A Flying Helmet. Windsock Worldwide, 32:2, 24. *
        • Byers, D., (2016). The Roold Pilot's Helmet. Windsock Worldwide, 32 :1, 13. *
        • Byers, D., (2015). An Early Aviator's Safety Helmet. Windsock Worldwide, 31:Winter *

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

              Other Reports

            • Larsen, A., Larsen, K., Byers, D., (2014). Archaeological Investigations in Lake Channel Idaho. BLM *
            • Byers, D.A, Ideker, C., (2014). Excavations at 24CB168, A Sheep Processing Camp In the Pryor Mountains, Montana. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2012). Missouri State University Pryor Mountains Archaeological Project: Report on Summer 2012 Pedestrian Survey. United States Forest Service, Gallatin National Forest
            • Byers, D.A, Hill, B., Kester, L., Larsen, B., Mittanck, C., Smith, C., (2009). Surface Collection and Test Excavations at the Dawson Site (Site 42EM3695) Emery County, Utah. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2009). The Site 14HO308 Faunal Assemblage.
            • Byers, D.A, Jones, A.H, Cotter, C., Edwards, G., (2009). 2009 Missouri State University Field School Archaeological Investigations at Terrell Creek, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.
            • Byers, D.A, (2007). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Williams Pipeline Boise District 2007 Pipeline Maintenance Project, Ada, Elmore, Gem and Owyhee Counties, Idaho. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2007). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Williams Pipeline Pocatello District 2007 Lava Hot Springs – Pocatello Facilities Integrity Management Project, Power and Bannock Counties, Idaho. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2007). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory of Lexam Exploration Inc. Baca #5, Baca #5 Alt and Baca #6 Wellpads and Access Roads, Saguache County, Colorado. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2007). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory of the Bison Creek Ranch Wetlands, Weber County, Utah. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2007). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory of the Proposed Devon Energy Production Company Bairoil to Beaver Creek CO2 Pipeline Metering Station, Fremont County, Wyoming. *
            • Byers, D.A, Smith, C., (2007). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory of the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration Fort Pearce Wash Parcel, Washington County, Utah. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2007). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory of the West Coyote Creek Parcel, San Juan County, Utah. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2007). A Cultural Resource Inventory for the Proposed Armstrong Consultants, Inc. Alamo Landing Field in Lincoln County, Nevada. *
            • Byers, D.A, Nelson, Z., (2007). A Cultural Resource Inventory for the Proposed Centerpoint Energy Gas Transmission Company Tontitown Project Natural Gas Pipeline in Logan and Franklin Counties, Arkansas. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2007). A Cultural Resource Inventory for the Williams Gas Pipeline Boise District 2007 Cathodic Protection and Recoats Sites Project, Baker and Malheur Counties, Oregon, and Gem, Ada, Elmore and Owyhee Counties, Idaho. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2007). A Cultural Resource Inventory for the Williams Pipeline Pocatello District 2007 Pipeline Maintenance Project, Elmore County, Idaho. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2006). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Orin Subdivision Railroad Track Expansion (Mile Post 0 to Mile Post 15), Campbell County, Wyoming. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2006). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Orin Subdivision Railroad Track Expansion (Mile Post 15 to Mile Post 40), Campbell County, Wyoming. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2006). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Qwest Nugget Canyon Buried Cable, Lincoln County, Wyoming. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2006). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Williams Gas Pipeline Vernal District 2006 Coral Meter Station and Feeder Line, Uintah County, Utah. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2006). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory of the Rock Canyon Road, Utah County, Utah. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2006). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory of the Sanpete County Jail Parcel, Sanpete County, Utah. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2006). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory of the Silver Lake PDU Project, Salt Lake County, Utah.
            • Byers, D.A, (2006). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory of the Utah State Institutional Trust Lands Administration East Steinaker Parcel, Uintah County, Utah. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2006). A Class III Cultural Resources Inventory for the Williams Pipeline Boise District 2006 Recoat and Cathodic Protection System and Facilities on Idaho BLM Lands. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2006). Site 48SW6965, The Prickly Pear Site. In The Archaeology along the Muddy Creek Loop, Williams Pipeline Expansion Project, Lincoln and Sweetwater Counties, Wyoming, edited by C. Smith and D. Byers. *
            • Byers, D.A, (2005). A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory of the Dawson North Moon Ridge 3-D Seismic Project, Uintah County, Utah. *
            • Byers, D.A, Gavin, J., (1998). Test Excavations at Agate Spring: 1998 Gallatin National Forest Cultural Resources Year-End Report, edited by W. Allen. *

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            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

                Newsletter

              • Breslawski, R., Byers, D.A, , (2014). Baker Caves I and III Revisited: Big Game Hunting and Bison Diminution in Southern Idaho. Newsletter of the Idaho. Professional Archaeological Council *

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              Scheduled Teaching

              ANTH 5300 - Archaeology Field School, Spring 2017

              ANTH 4800, 6950 - Archaeology Special Topics/Seminar, Spring 2017

              ANTH 2330 - Principles of Archaeology, Spring 2017

              ANTH 6350 - Archaeological Theory, Fall 2016

              ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Spring 2016

              ANTH 2330 - Principles of Archaeology, Spring 2016

              ANTH 5320, 6320 - Zooarchaeology, Spring 2016

              ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Fall 2015

              ANTH 5420, 6420 - Lithic Analysis, Fall 2015

              ANTH 5300 - Archaeology Field School, Summer 2015

              ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Spring 2015

              ANTH 2330 - Principles of Archaeology, Spring 2015

              ANTH 5320,6320 - Zooarchaeology, Spring 2015

              ANTH 6350 - Archaeological Theory, Fall 2014

              ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Fall 2014

              ANTH 5420,6420 - Lithic Analysis, Fall 2014

              ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Spring 2014

              ANTH 2330 - Principles of Archaeology, Spring 2014

              ANTH 5320,6320 - Zooarchaeology, Spring 2014

              ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Fall 2013

              ANTH 6360 - Research Design and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Fall 2013

              ANTH 1030 - World Archaeology, Fall 2013

              ANTH 5300 - Archaeology Field School, Summer 2013

              ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Spring 2013

              ANTH 2330 - Principles of Archaeology, Spring 2013

              ANTH 5320,6320 - Zooarchaeology, Spring 2013

              Zooarchaeology in Jamaica, Spring 2013

              ANTH 6350 - Archaeological Theory, Fall 2012


              Graduate Students Mentored

              Ben Zumkeller, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, September 2016
              Andrew Owens, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, December 2015
              Jonathan Keith, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, December 2015
              Sam Yeates, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, January 2015
              Diana Azevedo, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2012 - May 2015
              Ryan Breslawski, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology - May 2014
              Abby Lafevers, 2011
              Cathy Howard, 2011
              Rick Rogers, 2011
              Aaron Geary, 2011
              Craig Picka, 2011
              Elise Hargiss, 2011
              Abraham Ledezma, 2010