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David Byers

David Byers

Anthropology - Archaeology

Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Graduate Program

Contact Information

Office Location: USU Logan Campus, OM 245C0730 Old Main HillLogan UT
Phone: (435) 797-1178

Educational Background:

2006, Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Utah

2001, M.A. in Anthropology, University of Wyoming

1997-98, Coursework in Anthropology, Montana State University

1988, B.S. in Industrial Supervision, Purdue University


ANTH 2330 Principles of Archaeology, ANTH 5320 Zooarchaeology, ANTH 6350 Archaeological Theory


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


David Byers has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Utah and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming. He has been previously employed as adjunct faculty at the University of Utah and as a senior archaeologist at several archaeological consulting firms. He has formal training as a zooarchaeologist – a specialist in animal remains from archaeological contexts, but is also knowledgeable in lithic analysis, geoarchaeology, Quaternary paleontology, and paleoecology.

Current and recent projects include a stable isotope study of human subsistence in the Aleutian Islands, taphonomic investigations of Great Basin and Snake River Plain faunal assemblages, and research into the impact of human foraging on Jamaica’s marine ecosystems. David has also been investigating the impact of Holocene climate change on large game population histories and the ways that trends in prey availability condition the strategies used by ancient foragers to butcher and process animal prey. He has also recently acquired funding for a trans-Holocene, stable isotope-based paleoenvironmental study of Snake River Plain vegetation communities.