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Judson Finley

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Anthropology-Archaeology

Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Graduate Program, Program Coordinator of Native American Studies Minor

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: USU Logan Campus, OM 245F0730 Old Main HillLogan UT
DialPhone: (435) 797-9621
SendEmail: judson.finley@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Anthropology, (Archaeology), Washington State University, 2008
Rockshelter Formation Processes, Late Quaternary Environmental Change, and Hunter-Gatherer Subsistence in the Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming
MA, Anthropology, (Archaeology), Washington State University, 2001
BA, Anthropology, (Archaeology), University of Wyoming, 1996

Expertise

Geoarchaeology; Archaeometry; Paleoecology; Environmental Change; Human-Environmental Interactions; Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology; Cultural Resources Management; High Plains and Rocky Mountains


Biography

Judson Finley is an archaeologist who received his PhD in anthropology from Washington State University. Judson's specialty is the geological interface with Native history of the West.


Teaching Interests

North American Archaeology, North American Indian Cultures, Cultural Resource Management Policy, Geoarchaeology, Climate Studies, Archaeometry

Research Interests

Quaternary Paleoecology of western North America; rockshelter and cave sedimentary records; obsidian and ceramic artifact geochemistry; ceramic petrography

Awards

Notable New Grant, 2016

Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Utah State University

Faculty Undergraduate Advisor Award, 2015

Utah State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Project of the Year Award, 2011

Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit to Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Archaeological Field School

Regional Forester Honor Award, Recreation Partner of the Year, 2009

USDA National Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region

2008

Amerind New World Studies Series Seminar, Amerind Foundation, Dragoon, Arizona

2007

Amerind New World Studies Series Seminar, Amerind Foundation, Dragoon, Arizona

Publications - Abstracts

  • Finley, J.B, Rowe, M.J, Rockshelters as Archives of Late Quaternary Geological Records in the Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming : GSA Abstrsacts with Programs. Geological Society of America *

Publications - Books & Book Chapters

    Book Chapters

  • Finley, J.B, (2016). Late Holocene Geoarchaeology of the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming: Stones, Bones, and Profiles: Papers in Honor of George C. Frison and C. Vance Haynes. University of Colorado Press
  • Scheiber, L.L, Finley, J.B, (2012). Situating (Proto) History on the Northwestern Plains and Rocky Mountains: The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology. Oxford University Press
  • Scheiber, L.L, Finley, J.B, (2011). Mobility as Resistance: Colonialism Among Nomadic Hunter-Gatherers In The American West: Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology as Historical Process. University of Arizona Press
  • Eckerle, W., Finley, J.B, Hanna, R., (2011). Data Collection Strategies for Assessing Artifact Zone Spatial and Associational Integrity in Sand Occupational Substrates: In Archaeology in 3D: Deciphering Buried Sites in the Western U.S.. The SAA Press
  • Eckerle, W., Ingbar, E., Taddie, S., Finley, J.B, Drews, M., Hopkins, M., (2011). Forecasting Landscape Settings Conducive to Site Burial: Archaeology in 3D: Deciphering Buried Sites in the Western U.S.. The SAA Press
  • Scheiber, L.L, Finley, J.B, (2010). Mountain Shoshone Technological Transitions Across the Great Divide: Across the Great Divide: Culture Contact and Culture Change in North America at AD 1500. University of Arizona Press
  • Finley, J.B, (2007). Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, and Geomorphology.: Medicine Lodge Creek: Holocene Archaeology of the Eastern Big Horn Basin, Wyoming. Clovis Press
  • Larson, M.L, Finley, J.B, (2004). Analytical Nodules: Retrospect and Prospect: Aggregate Analyses in Lithic Studies. 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

      • Finley, J.B, Ideker, C.J, Rittenour, T.M, (2017). Single-Grain Optically Stimulated Luminescence Ages of Brownware Pottery in the Central Rocky Mountains and the Spread of Numic Ceramic Technology. American Antiquity, 82, 761-780. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2017.38
      • Connolly, T.J, Finley, J.B, Smith, G.M, Jenkins, D.L, Endzweig, P.E, O'Neill, B.L, Baxter, P.W, (2017). Return to Fort Rock: Assessing the Site’s Potential to Contribute to Ongoing Debates about How and When Humans Colonized the Great Basin. American Antiquity82, 558-573. doi: 10.1017/aaq.2017.12
      • Byers, D.A, Hargiss, E., Finley, J.B, (2015). Flake Morphology, Fluvial Dynamics, and Debitage Transport Potential. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal, 30, 379-392.
      • Smith, G.M, Pattee, D.D, Finley, J.B, Fagan, J.L, Pellegrini, E., A Stone Crescent from a Stratified, Radiocarbon-Dated Site in the Northern Great Basin. North American Archaeologist, 35:3, 257-276.
      • Finley, J.B, Boyle, M.P, The Frequency and Typology of Ceramic Sites in Western Wyoming. Plains Anthropologist, 59:1, 1-18.
      • Finley, J.B, Branam, K., Scheiber, L., Finley, C., Leggins, B.T, (2013). The Two Eagles Site (24CB2069): A Tipi Encampment in Bighorn Canyon Montana. Archaeology in Montana, 54:1, 1-38.
      • Finley, J.B, Branam, K., Scheiber, L., Finley, C., Leggins, B.T, (2013). The Two Eagles Site (24CB2069): A Tipi Encampment in Bighorn Canyon Montana. Archaeology in Montana, 54:1, 1-38.
      • Scheiber, L.L, Finley, J.B, (2011). Obsidian Source Use in the Greater Yellowstone Area, Wyoming Basin, and Central Rocky Mountains. American Antiquity , 76, 372-394.
      • Sch, L.L, Branam, K.M, Finley, J.B, Nathan, R.A, Burnett, k.L, Boyle, M., Rutecki, D.M, Erickson, A.E, Finley, C.C, Luck, A.G, , (2011). “Crow Rediscover a Piece of Their Homeland”: America’s Best Idea at Bighorn Canyon. SAA's Archaeological Practice, January 2011 prototype:1, 29-34.
      • Sch, L.L, Branam, K.M, Finley, J.B, Nathan, R.A, Burnett, k.L, Boyle, M., Rutecki, D.M, Erickson, A.E, Finley, C.C, Luck, A.G, , (2011). “Crow Rediscover a Piece of Their Homeland”: America’s Best Idea at Bighorn Canyon. SAA's Archaeological Practice, January 2011 prototype:1, 29-34.
      • Scheiber, L.L, Finley, J.B, (2010). Cyber Landscapes and Domestic Landscapes in the Rocky Mountains. Antiquity , 84, 114-130.
      • Surovell, T.A, Finley, J.B, Smith, G., Kelly, R., Brantingham, J., (2009). Correcting Temporal Frequency Distributions for Taphonomic Bias. Journal of Archaeological Science , 36, 1715-1724.
      • Olga, F., Kornfeld, M., Finley, J.B, Larson, M.L, (2009). Last Canyon Cave: Late-Pleistocene Fauna and People. Current Research in the Pleistocene , 26, 58-60.
      • Finley, J.B, Kornfeld, M., Finley, C.C, Andrews, B., Frison, G.C, Bies, M.T, (2005). Rockshelter Archaeology and Geoarchaeology in the Bighorn Mountains. Plains Anthropologist , 50, 227-248.
      • Finley, J.B, Kornfeld, M., Finley, C.C, Andrews, B., Frison, G.C, Bies, M.T, (2005). Rockshelter Archaeology and Geoarchaeology in the Bighorn Mountains. Plains Anthropologist , 50, 227-248.
      • Finley, J.B, Kornfeld, M. , Frison, G.C, Finley, C.C, (2003). Below Folsom at Two Moon Shelter, Wyoming. Current Research in the Pleistocene 20, Center for the Study of the First Americans, Texas A&M University, College Station
      • Finley, J.B, Kornfeld, M. , Frison, G.C, Finley, C.C, (2003). Below Folsom at Two Moon Shelter, Wyoming. Current Research in the Pleistocene 20, Center for the Study of the First Americans, Texas A&M University, College Station
      • Professional Journal

      • Scheiber, L.L, Finley, J.B, Boyle, M., (2008). Bad Pass Archaeology. The American Surveyor , Apr/May, 12-22. *
      • Public or Trade Journal

      • Scheiber, L.L, Boyle, M., Finley, J.B, (2009). Archaeology: Combining Mapping Techniques with Digital Technology. PositionIT , Nov/Dec, 25-29. *

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      Publications - Literary Journal

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        Publications - MultiMedia

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          Publications - Technical Reports

            Other Reports

          • Finley, J.B, Andrews, B., Kornfeld, M., Frison, G., (2002). The Black Mountain Archaeological District: 2001 Field Studies.

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          Publications - Translations & Transcripts

            Publications - Other

              Bulletins

            • Rowe, M.J, Finley, J.B, Branam, K.M, Putting America’s Archaeological Resources to Work: Three Tangible Benefits of Archaeological Preservation at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. The SAA Archaeological Record
            • Newsletter

            • Finley, J.B, Herrmann, E., (2014). Fall Newsletter of the Archaeological Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. Geological Society of America *
            • Finley, J.B, Herrmann, E., (2014). Winter Newsletter of the Geoarchaeological Interest Group of the Society for American Archaeology. Society for American Archaeology *
            • Fadem, C., Finley, J.B, (2013). Fall Newsletter of the Archaeological Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. Geological Society of America *
            • Fadem, C., Finley, J.B, (2012). Fall Newsletter of the Archaeological Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. Geological Society of America *

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            Scheduled Teaching

            ANTH 6700 - Archaeology Internship, Spring 2017

            ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Spring 2017

            ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Spring 2017

            ANTH 4800 - Archaeology of Climate Change, Spring 2017

            ANTH 5330, 6330 - Geoarchaeology, Spring 2017

            ANTH 5330, 6330 - Geoarchaeology, Spring 2017

            ANTH 4800 - Topics in Anthropology, Spring 2017

            ANTH 6700 - Archaeology Internship, Fall 2016

            ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Fall 2016

            ANTH 6390 - Cultural Resources Management Policy, Fall 2016

            ANTH 3110 - North American Indian Cultures, Fall 2016

            ANTH 5300 - Archaeology Field School, Summer 2016

            ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Spring 2016

            ANTH 6390 - Cultural Resources Management Policy, Spring 2016

            ANTH 5340, 6340 - Archaeology of the Desert West, Fall 2015

            ANTH 5340 - Archaeology of the Desert West, Fall 2015

            ANTH 6340 - Archaeology of the Desert West, Fall 2015

            ANTH 4800 - Native American Experience in Film, Fall 2015

            ANTH 3110 - North American Indian Cultures, Fall 2015

            ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Summer 2015

            ANTH 4800 - Archaeology of Climate Change, Spring 2015

            ANTH 6430 - Archaeometry, Spring 2015

            ANTH 3380 - Archaeology Field Trip, Fall 2014

            ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Fall 2014

            ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Fall 2014

            ANTH 5330, 6330 - Geoarchaeology, Fall 2014

            ANTH 5330 - Geoarchaeology, Fall 2014

            ANTH 6330 - Geoarchaeology, Fall 2014

            ANTH 5300 - Archaeology Field School, Summer 2014

            ANTH 3350 - Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations, Spring 2014

            ANTH 6390 - Cultural Resources Management Policy, Spring 2014

            ANTH 3380 - Archaeology Field Trip, Fall 2013

            ANTH 5330,6330 - Geoarchaeology, Fall 2013

            ANTH 3110 - North American Indian Cultures, Fall 2013

            ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Spring 2013

            ANTH 6390 - Cultural Resources Management Policy, Spring 2013

            ANTH 6420 - Lithic Analysis, Fall 2012


                    Creative Works - Other

                    • Two Eagles Interpretive Trail: When People Placed Stone Against Their Lodges, Other, Interpretive Trail - 2012

                    Graduate Students Mentored

                    Richard Olsen, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2016
                    Bethany Wurster, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2015
                    Caleb Ferbrache, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2015
                    Anastasia Lugo-Mendez, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2014
                    Elizabeth Hora-Cook, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2014
                    Hillary Jones, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2014
                    Carlie Ideker, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2012 - December 2015
                    Candice Cravins, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2011 - May 2014
                    Ben Fowler, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2009 - May 2014