The UNLV Anthropology Department hosts five archaeologists that offer a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate courses. Four of the archaeologists are 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, and Southwest Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean (Turkey). The archaeological research interests in the department include: 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 Atici, Liam Frink, Karen Harry, and Barbara Roth.

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Liam Frink in the field on a bridge next to a body of water.
Levent Atici standing in front of Kultep-Kanesh


Active archaeological research is carried out at: the Puebloan Region in Parashant National Monument, Arizona and the lower Moapa Valley, Nevada; the Mimbres Mogollon Region, New Mexico; the Yup’ik Eskimo villages, Alaska; and Kaman-Kalehöyük, Kültepe-Kanesh and Uğurlu Höyük, Turkey.

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Crew working at another dig site.

Professional Organizations

Department faculty are active in professional societies and hold several key positions:

  • Dr. Barbara Roth is a member of the committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology for the Society for American Archaeology; and a member of the board for the Nevadans for Cultural Preservation.
  • Dr. Levent Atici is a member of the editorial board for the Turkish Journal of Archaeological Sciences; an elected member, in the Board of Delegates, for the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT); President of the Archaeological Institute of America, Southern Nevada Branch; a research associate of the Las Vegas Museum of Natural History; an invited board member, ICAZ Representative, on the International Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis (CfAS); and an elected member of International Committee, ICAZ.
  • Dr. Karen Harry is a member of the program committee for the SAA and an organizing committee member for Three Corners Conference.
  • Dr. Lisa Johnson has served has a reviewer for Ancient Mesoamerica/CONACYT Granting Agency; and a reviewer for the Journal of Social Archaeology.
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Archaeological collections housed at UNLV in the various labs include:

  • 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.
  • 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.

To find out more information about the collections at UNLV or to request access to work with a certain collection please contact Dr. Karen Harry (