College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Dr. William D. Lipe

Ph.D., Yale University
Professor Emeritus

William D. Lipe is an archaeologist with expertise in the North American Southwest, archaeological method and theory, and cultural resource management. His Ph.D. (Yale 1966) was based on fieldwork in the Glen Canyon area of southeastern Utah. Subsequent major field projects have included work in the Cedar Mesa region of Utah and the Dolores region of southwestern Colorado. Since the 1980s, he has collaborated with archaeologists at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado on studies of Pueblo settlement patterns, community organization, and socio-cultural change in the Northern San Juan region of Colorado and Utah. Prior to joining the WSU faculty in 1976, Dr. Lipe was Assistant Director of the Museum of Northern Arizona, and Assistant and Associate Professor at Binghamton University in New York. From 1995 to 1997, he was President of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA). He regularly taught a graduate course titled Introduction to Archaeological Method and Theory (ANTH 530) for many years. He was recognized with the WSU College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 1997, the John F. Seiberling Award from the Society of Professional Archaeologists in 1998, the SAA Distinguished Service Award in 2000, and the Byron Cummings Award from the Pecos Archaeological Conference in 2002.

Representative Publications

2012 Why We Did We Do It That Way: The University of Utah Glen Canyon Project in Retrospect.  In Glen Canyon, Legislative Struggles, and Contract Archaeology: Papers in Honor of Carol Condie, edited by E.J. Brown, C.J. Condie, and H. Crotty, pp. 87-104. Papers of the Archaeol. Soc. of New Mexico, No. 38.  Albuquerque Lipe, William D., R.G. Matson, and Brian Kemp

2011  New Insights from Old Collections: Cedar Mesa, Utah Revisited.  Southwestern Lore 77(2-3):103-111 Speller, Camilla F., Brian M. Kemp, Scott D. Wyatt, Cara Monroe, William D. Lipe, Ursula M. Arndt, and Dongya Yang

2010  Complex History for Turkey Domestication in Pre-Contact North America.     Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 (7) 2807-2812. Speller, Camilla F., Brian M. Kemp, Scott D. Wyatt, Cara Monroe, William D. Lipe, Ursula M. Arndt, and Dongya Yang

2010  Lost in Transit: The Central Mesa Verde Archaeological Complex.  In Leaving   Mesa Verde: Peril and Change in the Thirteenth-Century Southwest, edited by T.A. Kohler, M.D. Varien, and A. Wright, pp. 262-284.  U.of AZ Press, Tucson Sebastian, Lynne and William D. Lipe (editors) 

2009  Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management: Visions for the Future. School of Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe, NM. Sebastian, Lynne and William D. Lipe (editors)

2006  "A Conservation Model for American Archaeology", and "Value and Meaning in Cultural Resources". 1974 and 1984 articles, reprinted in Cultural Heritage (Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies), Volume 1: History and Concepts, edited by Laurajane Smith, pp. 253-306.  Routledge, London Lipe, William D.

2006  The Mesa Verde Region During Chaco Times.  In The Mesa Verde World:       Explorations in Ancestral Puebloan Archaeology, edited by David Grant Noble.pp. 29-37.  School of American Research Press, Santa Fe, NM

2006  Notes from the North.  In The Archaeology of Chaco Canyon, an Eleventh-Century Pueblo Regional Center, edited by Stephen H. Lekson, pp. 261-313. School of American Research Press, Santa Fe, NM

2004  The Mesa Verde Region: Chaco's Northern Neighbor. In In Search of Chaco: New Approaches to an Archaeological Enigma, edited by David Grant Noble, pp.107-115.  School of American Research Press, Santa Fe, NM. 

2002 (edited by Mark Varien and Richard Wilshusen) Social Power in the Central Mesa Verde Region, A.D. 1150-1290. In Seeking the Center Place: Archaeology and Ancient Communities in the Mesa Verde Region . University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

2002 (edited by Barbara Little) Public Benefits of Archaeological Research. In Public Benefits of Archaeology, pp. 20-28. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

2000 (first author, with Scott G. Ortman) Spatial Patterning in Northern San Juan Villages, A.D. 1050-1300. Kiva 66(1):91-122.

1999 (senior editor, with Mark Varien and Richard Wilshusen) Prehistoric Archaeological Contexts of Colorado: The Southern Colorado Basin. Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists, Denver.

1995 The Depopulation of the Northern San Juan: Conditions in the Turbulent 1200s. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 14:143-169.


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