Anthropology - Archaeology
Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Graduate Program
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.