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Judson Finley

Judson Finley


Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Graduate Program

Contact Information

Office Location: USU Logan Campus, OM 245F0730 Old Main HillLogan UT
Phone: (435) 797-9621

Educational Background:

2008, Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington State University

2001, M.A. in Anthropology from Washington State University

1996, B.A. in Anthropology from University of Wyoming


Geoarchaeology; Archaeometry; Paleoecology; Environmental Change; Human-Environmental Interactions; Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology; Cultural Resources Management; High Plains and Rocky MountainsCourses taught:ANTH 3300 Archaeology of North America, ANTH 5300/6300 Archaeology Field School, ANTH 5330/6330 Geoarchaeology, ANTH 6390 Cultural Resource Management Policy, ANTH 6420 Lithic Analysis


Judson Finley completed his PhD in anthropology at Washington State University in 2008 where he trained in geoarchaeological methods of site formation and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Judson has experience reconstructing rockshelter depositional sequences in the Central Rocky Mountains and northern Great Basin, as well as in stream valleys, dune fields, and pluvial lakes throughout the Intermountain West. Judson has completed multi-year projects surveying tipi encampments in Bighorn Canyon and contact-era Shoshone sites in the Greater Yellowstone Area. He works collaboratively with native communities providing training opportunities in support of tribal historic preservation programs.

Judson’s current research focus is in Dinosaur National Monument where he is re-documenting many of the region’s well-known Uinta Basin Fremont sites. He works collaboratively with the USU tree-ring research group and recently began a 2000-year environmental reconstruction for the northern Uinta Basin. He also collaborates with the USU luminescence lab where he is developing techniques for directly dating native ceramics and surface archaeological features (i.e., tipi rings, cairns, and hunting blinds) common throughout the West.