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Joseph Gingerich

Joseph Gingerich, portrait
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Bentley Annex 153

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Ph.D., University of Wyoming, 2012

Research Appointments

Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

National Geographic Explorer - Grantee

Research & Specialization

  • Archaeology
  • Hunting and Gathering Societies
  • Stone Tool Technology
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Human-Environmental Interactions
  • Paleoindian – New World Colonization
  • Eastern North America Prehistory

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 2020 - World Archaeology
  • ANTH 3610/5610 - North American Prehistory
  • ANTH 4943/5943 - Stone Tools and Human Behavior
  • ANTH 3730 - GIS for Anthropologists
  • ANTH 4911 – OHIO Archaeological Field School

Active Research

Geoarchaeological Investigations of Late Pleistocene – Early Holocene Deposits in the Roanoke River Valley of Virginia – Funded by National Geographic.

Investigating Artifact Spatial Patterning at Olorgesailie, Kenya, Africa – In collaboration with Rick Potts and the Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution.

Lithic Refitting and Spatial Organization at the Shawnee-Minisink Clovis Site – Funded by NSF and the Smithsonian Institution.

Southeastern Ohio Fluted Point Survey – In collaboration with Jeb Bowen, Gary Argabright, and Andrew Tremayne

Selected Publications

Gingerich, Joseph A.M. 2019 Patterns of End-Scraper Reduction and Discard: A Case Study from the Paleoindian Record of Eastern North America. PaleoAmerica.

Gingerich, Joseph A.M., Thomas R. Whyte, and Scott Whittaker. 2019 Misidentified Clovis-age Fish Bone at the Shawnee-Minisink Site: The Problem with Single Case Studies in Late Pleistocene Archaeology. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports.

Gingerich, Joseph A.M. (editor). 2018  In The Eastern Fluted Point Tradition, Volume II. pp. 521. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

Gingerich, Joseph A.M.. 2018  Discussion of the Eastern Paleoindian Record. In In The Eastern Fluted Point Tradition, Volume II, edited by Joseph A.M. Gingerich, pp. 409-430. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake.  

Gingerich, Joseph A.M. and Dennis Stanford. 2018 Lessons from Ginsberg: An Analysis of Elephant Butchery Tools. Quaternary International 466:269-283. Published online in 2016.

Gingerich, Joseph A.M. and Daniel P. Wagner. 2017  Terminal Pleistocene Depositional Patterns and their Relationship to the Paleoindian Occupation of Drainage Basins in the Middle Atlantic Region, USA. PaleoAmerica 3(4):1-12.

Sholts, Sabrina, Joseph A.M. Gingerich, Dennis Stanford, Stefan Schlager, Sebastian K.T.S. Warmlander. 2017  Tracing social interactions in Pleistocene North America via 3D model analysis of stone tool asymmetry. PLOS ONE, 12(7), p. e0179933.

Buchanan, B., Hamilton, M. J., Kilby, J. D., and Gingerich, J. A.M. 2016 Lithic networks reveal early regionalization in late Pleistocene North America. Journal of Archaeological Science, 65, 114-121.

Gingerich, Joseph A.M., Sabrina Sholts, Sebastian K.T.S. Warmlander, and Dennis Stanford. 2015 Fluted Point Manufacture in Eastern North America: an assessment of form and technology using traditional metrics and 3-D digital morphometrics. World Archaeology 46(1): 101-122.

Gingerich, Joseph A.M. and Nathaniel R. Kitchel. 2015 Early Paleoindian Subsistence Strategies in Eastern North America: A continuation of the Clovis tradition? Or evidence of regional adaptations? In Clovis: Current Perspectives on Technology, Chronology, and Adaptations. The Center for the Study of the First Americans, Texas A&M Press.

Gingerich, Joseph A.M (editor). 2013 In The Eastern Fluted Point Tradition. University of Utah Press. pp. 438.

Gingerich, Joseph A.M. 2013 Revisiting the Shawnee-Minisink Site. In The Eastern Fluted Point Tradition, edited by Joseph A.M. Gingerich, pp 218 - 257. University of Utah Press.

Gingerich, Joseph A.M. 2013 Fifty Years of Discovery at Plenge: Rethinking the Importance of New Jersey’s Largest Paleoindian Site. In The Eastern Fluted Point Tradition, edited by Joseph A.M. Gingerich, pp. 121 - 147. University of Utah Press.

Miller, D. Shane and Joseph A.M. Gingerich. 2013 Paleoindian Chronology and the Eastern Fluted Point Tradition. In The Eastern Fluted Point Tradition, edited by Joseph A.M. Gingerich, pp 22 - 37. University of Utah Press.

Miller, D. Shane and Joseph A.M. Gingerich. 2013 Regional Variation in the Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene Radiocarbon Record of Eastern North America. Quaternary Research 79(2):175-188.

Gingerich, Joseph A.M. 2011 Down to Seeds and Stones: A New Look at the Subsistence Remains from Shawnee-Minisink. American Antiquity 76(1):127-144.

Surovell, Todd A., Vance T. Holliday, Joseph A.M. Gingerich, Caroline Ketron, C. Vance Haynes, Jr., Ilene Hilman, Daniel P. Wagner, Eileen Johnson, and Philippe Claeys. 2009 An Independent Evaluation of the Younger Dryas Extraterrestrial Impact Hypothesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: 106 (43) 18155-18158.