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Steven Simms

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Anthropology - Archaeology

Professor

Professor

Contact Information

DialPhone: (435)797-1277
SendEmail: s.simms@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Anthropology, University of Utah, 1984
Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, 1978
MA, Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno, 1976
BA, Anthropology, University of Utah, 1973


Research Interests

Archaeology of the American Desert West; archaeological method and theory; history and theory of anthropology; human evolutionary ecology; hunter-gatherers; pastoralists; ethnoarchaeology; food and culture; paleoecology; museums; fieldwork in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi; Southwest Asia (Jordan).

Awards

Honorary Symposium 33rd Biennial Great Basin Anthropological Conference, 2012

Great Basin Anthropological Association

Utah Book Award, Nonfiction, 2011

Utah Humanities Council

Society for American Archaeology Book Award, Public Audience Category, 2011

Society for American Archaeology, Washington D.C.

Nominee for D. Wynne Thorne Research Award., 2008

Utah State University

Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2005

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, USU

Fellow of the Utah Professional Archaeological Council, 2004

Utah Professional Archaeological Council

Special Appreciation award for service as Editor of Utah Archaeology, 2004

Utah Statewide Archaeological Society

Nominee for D. Wynne Thorne Research Award, 2001

Utah State University

Honors Professor, 1996

Utah State Univesrity

Who's Who in American Teaching, 1996

Cache Valley Historical Society, Historic Preservation, Landscape Preservation Award., 1994

Cache Valley Historical Society

Who's Who in American Teaching, 1994

Honors Professor, 1993

Utah State University

Who's Who In the West, 1993

Researcher of the Year, 1991

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, USU

Archaeology Preservation Award. , 1988

Utah Statewide Archaeological Society.

Bancroft Award for Dissertation Research, 1982

The Bancroft Fund, Los Angeles

University of Utah Graduate Research Fellowships , 1982

University of Utah

Amateur Archaeologists of Nevada Scholarship, 1975

Amateur Archaeologists of Nevada.

The Knudtsen Award for Research on Great Basin Anthropology, 1975

Regents, University of Nevada.

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Books

    • Simms, S.R, (2010). Bedouin Hand-Harvesting of Wheat and Barley: Implications for Early Cultivation in Southwest: Evolutionary Ecology and Archaeology: Applications to Problems in Human Evolution and Prehistory. University of Utah Press
    • Simms, S.R, (2010). “Ceramics from Camels Back Cave and Mobility in Farmer-Forager Systems in the Eastern: Evolutionary Ecology and Archaeology: Applications to Problems in Human Evolution and Prehistory. University of Utah Press
    • Simms, S.R, (2010). Traces of Fremont. University of Utah Press
    • Simms, S.R, (2008). Ancient Peoples of the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau. Left Coast Press
    • Book Chapters

    • Simms, S.R, O'Connell, J.F, Jones, K.T, (2014). Some Thoughts on Evolution, Ecology, and Archaeology in the Great Basin. : Archaeology for All Times: Papers in Honor of Don D. Fowler. University of Utah Press
    • Simms, S.R, (2012). North American Prehistory and Early History of: The North American West: The Oxford Companion to Archaeology 2e. Oxford University Press
    • Simms, S.R, North American Prehistory and Early History of: The North American West: The Oxford Companion to Archaeology. Oxford University Press
    • Gunnerson, J., Simms, S.R, (2009). The Fremont Culture by James Gunnerson. University of Utah Press; originally published in 1969 by Peabody Museum, Harvard University
    • Simms, S.R, (2005). Ceramics from Camels Back Cave and Mobility in Farmer-Forager Systems in the Eastern Great Basin.: The Archaeology of Camels Back Cave. University of Utah Anthropological Papers 125; University of Utah Press
    • Simms, S.R, (1999). Chasing the Will-o’-the Wisp of Social Order: Models for the Millenium: The Current Status of Great Basin Anthropological Research. University of Utah Press
    • Simms, S.R, (1999). Farmers, Foragers, and Adaptive Diversity: The Great Salt Lake Wetlands Project.: Understanding Prehistoric Lifeways in the Great Basin Wetlands: Bioarchaeological Reconstruction and Interpretation. University of Utah Press
    • Simms, S.R, (1999). Modeling the Gastric: Great Basin Subsistence Studies Since 1982 and the Evolution of General Theory in: Models for the Millenium: The Current Status of Great Basin Anthropological Research. University of Utah Press
    • Simms, S.R, (1999). No One Owns the Deceased! The Treatment of Human Remains from Three Great Basin Cases: Understanding Prehistoric Lifeways in the Great Basin Wetlands: Bioarchaeological Reconstruction and Interpretation. University of Utah Press
    • Simms, S.R, (1998). Late Prehistoric in the Eastern Great Basin.: Archaeology of Prehistoric North America: An Encyclopedia. Westview Press
    • Simms, S.R, Russell, K., (1997). Bidul Bedouin: Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Blackwell, London
    • Simms, S.R, (1996). North American Prehistory and Early History of: The North American West: The Oxford Companion to Archaeology. Oxford University Press
    • Simms, S.R, (1996). Steven Simms, Archaeologist: Cultural Anthropology: Understanding Ourselves and Others by R. Crapo. Brown and Benchmark

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Pederson, J.L, Chapot, M.S, Simms, S.R, Sohbati, R., Rittenour, T.M, Murray, A.S, Cox, G., (2014). Age of Barrier Canyon-style rock art constrained by cross-cutting relations and luminescence dating techniques. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111:36, 12986–12991.
        • Pederson, J.L, Chapot, M.S, Simms, S.R, Sohbati, R., Rittenour, T.M, Murray, A.S, Cox, G., (2014). Reply to Simon and Reed: Independent and converging results rule out historic disturbance and confirm age constraints for Barrier Canyon rock art. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111:52, E5604–E5604.
        • Pederson, J.L, Chapote, M., Simms, S.R, (2014). The Age of Barrier Canyon-Style Rock Art Constrained by Cross-cutting Relations and New OSL Dating. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , 111:36, 12986–12991.
        • Simms, S.R, Ugan, A., (2012). On Prey Mobility, Prey Rank, and Foraging Goals. American Antiquity, 77:January, 179-185.
        • Simms, S.R, Coulam, N., (2002). The Link Between the Fremont and Modern Tribes. Utah Archaeology15, 1-4.
        • Simms, S.R, Schmitt, D.N, Jensen, K., (1999). Playa View Dune: A Mid-Holocene Campsite in the Great Salt Lake Desert.. Utah Archaeology12, 31-49.
        • Simms, S.R, Madsen, D., (1998). The Fremont Complex: A Behavioral Perspective.. Journal of World Prehistory12, 255-336.
        • Simms, S.R, Russell, K., (1997). Bedouin Hand-Harvesting of Wheat and Barley: Implications for Early Cultivation in Southwest Asia.. 38, 696-702.
        • Simms, S.R, Ugan, A., Bright, J., (1997). Plain-Ware Ceramics and Residential Mobility: A Case Study From the Great Basin. Journal of Archaeological Science24, 779-792.
        • Simms, S.R, Russell, K., (1997). Tur Imdai Rockshelter: The Archaeology of Recent Pastoralists in Jordan.. Journal of Field Archaeology24, 459-472.
        • Simms, S.R, (1996). Torn By Ideals. Illinois Antiquity31, 11.
        • Professional Journal

        • Simms, S.R, Excavations of Three Ancestral Puebloan Sites Near Kanab, Utah in 2001 and 2002. Utah Archaeology
        • Simms, S.R, Fowler, C.S, Kerns, V., Pioneers: Memories of Isabel T. Kelly (1906-1982) and Julian H. Steward (1902-1972), with C.S. Fowler and V. Kerns. . *
        • Simms, S.R, (2015). Pioneers: Memories of Jesse D. Jennings (1909-1997), with J.M. Adovasio, J. Bauman, C. Condie, K.T. Jones, W. . Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology , 35:1, 150-160. *

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

            Web

          • Simms, S.R, (2006). The Fremont: The World Book Encyclopedia.

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          Publications - Technical Reports

            Other Reports

          • Simms, S.R, Lambert, P.M, (2007). A Prehistoric Anasazi Burial from the Sand Flat site, 42Gr2682, near Moab, Utah.. Report for Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration *
          • Simms, S.R, Kiahtipes, C., (2006). Cultural Resource Inventory of the Circleville East Sale Parcel, Garfield Co., Utah.. Report for Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
          • Simms, S.R, Kiahtipes, C., (2006). Cultural Resource Inventory of the East Bench and Lion’s Back Sales Parcels, Grand Co., Utah. Report for Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
          • Simms, S.R, Kiahtipes, C., (2006). Post Inventory Testing and Evaluation of Archaeological Sites on the Big Plain Junction Parcel, Washington Co., Utah. Report for Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
          • Simms, S.R, Benson, B., (2005). Cultural Resource Inventory of the Green River South Parcels, Grand and Emery Counties, Utah.. Report for Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.
          • Simms, S.R, (2005). The Government Pass Folsom Site, Millard County, Utah.. Report for Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.
          • Simms, S.R, Benson, B., (2004). Cultural Resource Inventory of the White Rock East Sale Parcel, San Juan County, Utah.. Report for Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.
          • Simms, S.R, Ralls, R.J, Benson, B., Beesley, B., (2003). Archaeological Survey and Test Excavations, Johnson’s Up on Top, Moab, Utah.. Report for Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.
          • Simms, S.R, Lambert, P.M, (2003). Archaeology and Analysis of Prehistoric Human Remains Near Willard Bay, Utah.: Utah State University Contributions to Anthropology No. 33.. Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands. *
          • Simms, S.R, (2003). Cultural Resource Inventories Near Simpson Springs and Vernon Hills, Tooele County, Utah for the Great Basin Ecosystem Restoration Research Project.. U.S. Bureau of Land Management
          • Simms, S.R, Benson, B., (2003). Cultural Resource Inventory of Cedar Ridge, Bishop Ridge, and Flat Canyon Parcels on the West Tavaputs Plateau, Carbon County, Utah.. Report for Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.
          • Simms, S.R, (2002). Cultural Resource Inventory of White Sage Wash, Shinarump Cliffs, and Dry Lake Parcels, Kane Co., Utah.. Report for Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
          • Simms, S.R, (2000). Report of Archaeological Excavation and Survey for the Environmental Program, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah.. Archaeological Excavation and Survey for the Environmental Program
          • Simms, S.R, (1998). Report of Excavation and Survey and Report of Prehistoric Ceramics and Mobility in the West Deserts of Utah for the Environmental Program. Environmental Program

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          Publications - Translations & Transcripts

            Publications - Other

              Magazine/Trade Publication

            • Simms, S.R, (1996). Moveable Homes: Its A Temporary Thing: Zinj: Dinosaurs, Fossils, Ancient People and Other Really Old Stuff (nationally distributed science magazine for children). Zinj Education Project
            • Newsletter

              Other

            • Simms, S.R, (2010). Claudia F. Berry. Utah Archaeology *

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            Scheduled Teaching

            ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Fall 2017

            ANTH 1030 - World Archaeology, Fall 2017

            ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Fall 2016

            ANTH 1030 - World Archaeology, Fall 2016

            ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Fall 2015

            ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Fall 2015

            ANTH 1030 - World Archaeology, Fall 2015

            ANTH 6700 - Archaeology Internship, Spring 2015

            ANTH 4980 - History and Theories of Anthropology, Spring 2015

            HONR 4900 - Senior Thesis/Project, Spring 2015

            ANTH 6700 - Archaeology Internship, Fall 2014

            ANTH 6310 - Archaeology Lab, Fall 2014

            ANTH 1030 - World Archaeology, Fall 2014

            ANTH 6410 - Writing for Archaeologists, Fall 2014

            ANTH 5300 - Archaeology Field School, Summer 2014

            ANTH 6700 - Archaeology Internship, Spring 2014

            ANTH 4980 - History and Theories of Anthropology, Spring 2014

            ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Fall 2013

            ANTH 5340,6340 - Archaeology of the Desert West, Fall 2013

            ANTH 4980 - History and Theories of Anthropology, Spring 2013

            ANTH 6700 - Archaeology Internship, Fall 2012

            ANTH 5340,6340 - Archaeology of the Desert West, Fall 2012

            Anth 5340/6340 - Archaeology of the Desert West, Fall 2012

            Anth 1030 - World Archaeology, Fall 2012

            ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Spring 2012

            ANTH 6700 - Archaeology Internship, Spring 2012

            ANTH 4980 - History and Theories of Anthropology, Spring 2012

            ANTH 5340,6340 - Archaeology of the Desert West, Fall 2011

            ANTH 4980 - ANTHRO HISTORY AND THEORY, Spring 2011


            Graduate Students Mentored

            Reed McDonald, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2011
            Elizabeth Seymour, , , Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2010
            Anastasia Lugo-Mendez, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, April 2013 - February 2015
            Chimalis Kuehn, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2011 - August 2014
            Jessica Dougherty, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2010 - August 2014
            Tod Hildebrandt, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2009 - May 2013