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Department of Anthropology

Nicole Waguespack

Associate Professor


BA 1996, Colorado State University

MA 1999, University of Wyoming

Ph.D. 2003, University of Arizona • (307) 766-2931 • Anthropology Bldg 214

Nicole Waguespack received her B.A. in Anthropology from Colorado State University, her M.A. from the University of Wyoming, and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. She specializes in the archaeology of hunting and gathering populations and the first peoples of the New World. Her work is generally focused on the Paleoindian period of the Western Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, examining the economic and social aspects of forager lifeways. She has worked on numerous Paleoindian sites across the Rocky Mountain west, and excavated Barger Gulch, Locality B, a Folsom campsite in Middle Park, Colorado, from 1997 through 2007. Much of her work involves the application of models from human behavioral ecology to archaeological problems. In this vein, she has examined questions of hunter-gatherer subsistence, food sharing, technology, division of labor, and faunal extinctions. Professor Waguespack teaches a variety of lower and upper division archaeology courses.


Courses Taught:

ANTH1300            Introduction to Archaeology

ANTH 3400           Hunters & Gatherers

ANTH4010            History of Anthropological Thought

ANTH4020/5005    Seminar: Ethnoarchaeology

ANTH4110/5110    Zooarchaeology

ANTH4150/5150    Seminar: New World Colonization

ANTH 5015           Archaeological Theory & Method


Recent/ Selected Publications:

Waguespack, N.M.
2012  Early Paleoindians, from Colonization to Folsom.  In The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology, edited by T. Pauketat, pp. 86-96. Oxford University Press. 

Waguespack, N.M.
2012 Prologue.  In Nunamiut Ethnoarchaeology, Authored by Lewis Binford, Percheron Press Edition, pp. vii-xi.  Percheron Press, New York.

Waguespack, N. M., T. A. Surovell, A. Denoyer, A. Dallow, A. Savage, J. Hyneman and D. Tapster
2009  Making a point: Wood- vs. stone-tipped projectiles. Antiquity 83:786-800 (pdf).

Surovell, T.A. and N. M. Waguespack
2008  How Many Elephant Kills are 14? Clovis Mammoth and Mastodon Kills in Context. Quaternary International 191: 82-97 (pdf).

Waguespack, N. M.
2007 Why We're Still Arguing about the Pleistocene Occupation of the Americas. Evolutionary Anthropology 16:63-74 (pdf).

Brantingham, P.J., T.A. Surovell, and N.M. Waguespack
2007  Modeling Post-depositional Mixing of Archaeological Deposits.  Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 517-540.

Waguespack, N.M.
2005 The Organization of Male and Female Labor in Foraging Societies: Implications for Early Paleoindian Archaeology. American Anthropologist 107(4):666-676 (pdf).

Surovell, T.A., N.M. Waguespack, and P.J. Brantingham    
2005  Global Archaeological Evidence for Proboscidean Overkill.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102(17):6231-6235 (pdf)

Waguespack, N. M. and T. A. Surovell
2003 Clovis Hunting Strategies, or How to Make Out on Plentiful Resources. American Antiquity 68(2):333-352 (pdf).

Waguespack, N. M.
2002 Caribou Sharing and Storage: Refitting the Palangana Site. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 21:396-417 (pdf).


Research Interests:

Hunter-Gatherer Ecology, Paleoindian Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, Behavioral Ecology, Subsistence Strategies, Pleistocene Extinctions

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