Dennis Stanford, Ph.D.
MA and PhD from the University of New Mexico
BA from the University of Wyoming
Curator of North and South American Paleolithic, Asian Paleolithic and Western United States archaeological collections
Director of the Smithsonian’s Paleoindian/Paleoecology Program
Head of the Division of Archaeology
Chairman of the Department of Anthropology (1992-2000)
My research interests include origins and development of New World Paleo-Indian cultures in relation to changing climate and ecosystems during the terminal Pleistocene, interdisciplinary Quaternary studies, stone tool technology, experimental and public archaeology. I have conducted field work in Siberia, China, Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, Plains and Southeastern States; I have also worked in Central and South America as well as Southwestern Europe.
I conduct fieldwork and research on Paleoindian archaeology throughout the Americas with special attention to human-environmental interactions and material culture; produce exhibitions and public programs; prepare scholarly and popular publications, and films; serve as advisor for graduate and PhD students and instructs undergraduates, interns, and volunteers in field and laboratory work.
|1975||Stanford, D. Walakpa Site Alaska: It’s Place in the Birnirk and Thule Cultures. Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology Number 20. 226 pp.|
|1980||R. L. Humphrey and D. Stanford, editors, Pre-Llano Cultures of the Americas: Paradoxes and Possibilities. The Anthropological Society of Washington.|
|1982||Frison, G., and D. Stanford, editors. The Agate Basin Site A Record of the Paleoindian Occupation of the Northwestern High Plains. Academic Press.|
|1992||Stanford, D., and J. Day editors. Ice Age Hunters of the Rockies. Denver Museum of Natural History and University Press of Colorado, Boulder.|
|2000||Stanford, D., and B. Bradley. The Solutrean Solution. Scientific American Discovering Archaeology 2:54 – 55.|
|2002||Stanford, D, and B. Bradley. Ocean Trails and Prairie Paths? Thoughts about Clovis Origins. In Nina Jublansky, ed. The First Americans, pp 255-271. Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences, No. 27.|
|2003||Stanford, D. Mammoth Renderings. Mammoth Trumpet 18:10-12|
|2003||Stanford, D. and M. Jodry. Key Points from Paleo Notes and Collections. In Elizabeth Morris and Barbara Breternitz eds., David Breternitz: Retrospective of a Southwestern Archaeologist, pp. 79-89. Southwestern Lore, 70:3.|
|2004||Bradley, B., and D. Stanford. The North Atlantic ice-edge Corridor: A possible Paleolithic route to the New World. World Archaeology, 36:459-478.|
|2005||Stanford, D., R. Bonnichsen, D. Meggers, D. and D. Gentry. Steele. Paleoamerican origins: Models, Evidence, and Future Directions. In R. Bonnichsen, B. Lepper, D. Stanford and M. Waters eds. Paleo-American Origins: Beyond Clovis. Pp. 313-355. Texas A & M University, College Station.|
|2005|| Bonnichsen, R., M. B. Lepper, D. Stanford and M. Waters, editors.
Paleo-American Origins: Beyond Clovis. Texas A & M Press, College Station.
|2006||Ubelaker, D., B. Smith, D. Stanford, and E. Szathmary, editors. Environment, Origins, and Population. Volume 3 of the Handbook of North American Indians. Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.|
|2006||Stanford, D., Introduction: Origins of North American Aborigines. In Environment, Origins, and Population, pp.16-22 Volume 3 of the Handbook of North American Indians, edited by D. Ubelaker, B. Smith, D. Stanford, and E. Szathmary. Smithsonian Institution. Washington DC.|
|1988||The Search for Ancient Americans. The Infinite Voyage. WQED - National Academy of Sciences.|
|1997||Ancient Peoples of Colorado. Margaret Jodry and Ted Timreck, Spofford Films for the Colorado Historical Society.|
|2000||Mystery of the First Americans. NOVA.|
|2001||Who Discovered America? Planet Science.|
|2002||They were here: Ice Age Humans in South Carolina. South Carolina Educational Television.|
|2004||America BC. Naked Science-National Geographic Society.|
|2004||First Americans. Wall-to-Wall for BBC.|
|2004||America’s Stone Age Explorers. NOVA.|
|2004||Coming into America. Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers.|
|2005||Ice Age Columbus: Who were the First Americans? Discovery Channel.|
|2008||America 10,000 BC. History Channel.|
Awards, Honors, Appointments
|2008||NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration, Research Proposal Review Panel.|
|2007||Lamb Springs Archaeological Preserve, Colorado, Board of Directors.|
|2006||Hudson-Meng Archaeological Park, Nebraska (USDA_NFS),
Board of Directors.
|2005||Visiting Professor, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
|2003||Scientific Advisory Board, Center for the Study of the First Americans, Texas A&M
|1999||Scientific Advisory Board, George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Wyoming.|
|1999||Distinguished Service Award, Kokopelli Foundation Board, Museum of the Rockies|
|1998||Honorary Founding Member of the World Atlatl Association.|
|1997-2001||Editorial Advisory Board, American Archeology|
|1992||C. T. Hurst Award for Outstanding Contributions to Colorado Archaeology, Colorado Archeological Society
|1992-1999||Member Kokopelli Board of Trustees, Museum of the Rockies.|
||Distinguished Alumnus, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Wyoming.|
|1989-2000||Research Associate, Denver Museum of Natural History|
|1989||Visiting Distinguished Professor, Alaskan Quaternary Center,
University of Alaska.
|1986||Distinguished Alumnus, University of Wyoming.|
|1984-2003||Scientific Advisory Board, Center for the Study of the First Americans, O.S.U.|
|1981-1984||Advisory Board Institute for Quaternary Sciences, University of Maine.
|1976-1978||Advisory Panel for Anthropology, National Science Foundation.|
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