The UNLV Anthropology Department hosts seven archaeologists that offer a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate courses. Each archaeologist is also affiliated with a functioning laboratory that supports their research and provides student training. Geographically, archaeological research is carried out in the American Southwest, the Arctic, Eurasia (Caucasus), Mesoamerica (Belize), and Southwest Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean (Turkey). The archaeological research interests in the department include: archaeobotany, archaeological method and theory, ceramic analysis, complex societies, computational methods, environmental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology and experimental studies, forager adaptations, gender and social identity, GIS, historical ecology, lithic technology, mortuary analysis, origins of agriculture, origins of inequalities, palaeolithic archaeology, proxemics, remote sensing, landscape and settlement pattern analysis, technology and production, urbanization, and zooarchaeology.


Archaeological faculty at UNLV includes Levent AticiAlan Farahani, Liam Frink, Karen Harry, and Barbara Roth.

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Levent Atici standing in front of Kultep-Kanesh


Active archaeological research is carried out at the Maya site at Caracol, Belize, at sites on the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, on sites in the Mimbres area of New Mexico, on four sites in Turkey, and in Armenia and Jordan.

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Professional Organizations

Department faculty are active in professional societies and hold several key positions: A. Chase is the Chair of the SAA Ethics Committee; B. Roth is Chair of the SAA Committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology.

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Archaeological collections housed at UNLV in the various labs include:

  • Archaeological materials excavated at the Maya sites of Nohmul and Santa Rita Corozal, Belize from 1978-1985.
  • Archaeological materials excavated from Virgin Branch Puebloan sites in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona.
  • Archaeological materials collected at pithouse and pueblo sites in the Mimbres region of southwestern New Mexico.
  • Archaeobotanical collections from three different sites in Jordan (Dhiban, Tell Hisban, and Khirbet al-Mudayna al-Aliya) spanning a temporal range of 1000 BCE to 1500 CE, a site in the Iraqi Kurdistan (3000 BCE - 1400 CE), and material from a Neolithic (ca. 6000 BCE) site in Armenia.
  • Zooarchaeological collections include large archaeofaunal assemblages from the following sites: (1) celebrated Bronze Age (3000-2100 BCE) urban center Kültepe-Kanesh, Turkey; (2) Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA; 10th Millennium BCE) complex forager settlement Körtik Tepe, Turkey; and (3) Neolithic and Chalcolithic (ca. 7000-5500 BCE) Seh Gabi, Iran.