The mission of the William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Laboratory is to provide comparative faunal collections to assist with anthropological research involving the identification and interpretation of hundreds of thousands of faunal specimens recovered from sites throughout the world.

In addition to the work carried on in the Laboratory, its facilities are made available to researchers inside and outside of the Anthropology Department, provided they make prior arrangements and have practical requests.

Current Research Projects

  • Washakie Wilderness Bighorn Sheep Traps and Basecamps
  • Prehistoric and Protohistoric Bison Economies of the Central Plains
  • Late Prehistoric Farmer and Hunter-Gatherers Food Practices
  • Geographic and Habitat-related Variation in Digitigrady in Carnivora
  • Evolution of Size Proportions of Mammal Molars
  • Documentation of Extinct Ground Sloths from the Caribbean
  • Paleolithic Bone Tool Variation
  • Manufacturing of Bison Scapula Hoes for Use as Farming Implements
  • Experimental Stone Tool Butchery
  • Primate Morphological Variation
  • Genetic Markers of Tuberculosis in Ancient Bison
  • Bison DNA Studies

Recent Publications and Presentations

Scheiber, Laura L. and Judson Byrd Finley (2011) Situating (Proto)History on the Northwestern Plains and Rocky Mountains.The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology, edited by Timothy R. Pauketat, pp. 347-358. Oxford University press, New York.

Scheiber, Laura L. and Judson Byrd Finley (2011) Obsidian Source Use in the Greater Yellowstone Area, Wyoming Basin, and Central Rocky Mountains.American Antiquity 75(2):372-394.

Scheiber, Laura L. and Judson Byrd Finley (2011) Mobility as Resistance: Colonialism among Nomadic Hunter-Gatherers in the American West.In Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology as Historical Process, edited by Kenneth E. Sassaman and Donald H. Holly. Jr., pp. 167-183. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Scheiber, Laura L., Kelly M. Branam, Judson Byrd Finley, Rebecca A. Nathan, Katherine L. Burnett, Maureen P. Boyle, Dawn M. Rutecki, Aaron E. Erickson, Chris Finley, Alda Good Luck (2011). "Crow Rediscover a Piece of Their Homeland":America's Best Idea at Bighorn Canyon. SAA's Archaeological Practice January 2011 prototype, pp. 29-34.

Scheiber, Laura L. and Mark D. Mitchell (editors) (2010) Across a Great Divide: Continuity and Change in Native North American Societies, 1400-1900.Amerind Studies in Archaeology, edited by John Ware. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Mitchell, Mark D. and Laura L. Scheiber (2010) Crossing Divides: Archaeology as History .In Across a Great Divide: Continuity and Change in Native North American Societies, 1400-1900, edited by Laura L. Scheiber and Mark D. Mitchell, pp. 1-22. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Scheiber, Laura L. and Judson Byrd Finley (2010) Domestic Campsites and Cyber Landscapes in the Rocky Mountains. Antiquity 84(323):114-130.

Scheiber, Laura, Maureen Boyle, and Judson Finley (2009) Archaeology: Combining Mapping Techniques with Digital Technology PositionIT (Nov/Dec 2009):25-29.

Scheiber, Laura L. and Bonnie J. Clark (editors). Archaeological Landscapes on the High Plains. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Scheiber, Laura L. Intersecting Landscapes in Northeastern Colorado: A Case Study from the Donovan Site In Archaeological Landscapes on the High Plains, edited by Laura L. Scheiber and Bonnie J. Clark, pp. 17-40. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Clark, Bonnie J. and Laura L. Scheiber.A Sloping Land: An Introduction to Archaeological Landscapes on the High Plains In Archaeological Landscapes on the High Plains, edited by Laura L. Scheiber and Bonnie J. Clark, pp. 1-16. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Scheiber, Laura L. Life and Death on the Northwestern Plains optimized Life and Death on the Northwestern Plains: Mortuary Practices and Cultural Transformations. In Skeletal Biology and Bioarchaeology of the Northwestern Plains, edited by George W. Gill and Rick L. Weathermon, pp. 22-41. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

Scheiber, Laura L., Judson Byrd Finley, and Maureen P. Boyle. Bad Pass Archaeology. American Surveyor 5(4):12-23.

Scheiber, Laura L. and Charles A. Reher (2007) The Donovan Site (5LO204): An Upper Republican Animal Processing Camp on the High PlainsPlains Anthropologist 52(203):337-364.

P. David Polly (2007) Development with a BiteNature 449: 413-414.

Scheiber, Laura L. (2006) Skeletal Biology: Plains.  In Handbook of North American Indians: Environment, Population, and Origins, Volume 3, edited by Douglas Ubelaker, pp. 595-609.  Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC.

Scheiber, Laura L. (2006) The Late Prehistoric on the High Plains of Western Kansas.  In Kansas Archeology, edited by Robert J. Hoard and William E. Banks, pp. 133-150.  University Press of Kansas, Lawrence.

Scheiber, Laura L., Maureen P. Boyle, Judson B. Finley, Gina Q. Zavala, and David L. Maki (2006) Multivariable Data Collection at High Altitude Shoshone Campsites.  Paper Presented at the Plains Anthropological Conference, Topeka, Kansas, November 2006.

Scheiber, Laura L., Donna C. Roper, Yasemin Gencer, Ashley Fragomeni, Robert Hoard (2006) Beyond Houses and Hoes: New Interpretations of Prehistoric Farmers in Western Kansas.  Paper Presented at the Society for American Archaeology Meetings, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April, 2006.

Scheiber, Laura L. (2005)  Late Prehistoric Bison Hide Production and Hunter-Gatherer Identities on the North American Plains. In Gender and Hide Production, edited by Lisa Frink and Kathryn Weedman, pp. 57-75.  AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek, California.

Scheiber, Laura L. (2005) Bison Acquisition and Butchering Intensity on the North American High Plains.  PaperPresented at the Society for American Archaeology Meetings, Salt Lake City, Utah, April, 2005.

Scheiber, Laura L. (2005) Social Inequality and Cooperation as Evidenced in North American Plains Faunal Assemblages.  Paper Presented at the Plains Anthropological Conference, Billings, Montana, October, 2004.

Scheiber, Laura L. and Amy McCabe (2003)  Upper Republican Bison Processing:A Comparison of Two Faunal Assemblages.  Presented at the Plains Anthropological Conference, Fayetteville, Arkansas, October, 2003.

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