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Department of Anthropology

Randy Haas
Post-Doctoral Researcher

B.A. 2001, Northern Arizona University
M.A. 2003, Northern Arizona University
Ph.D. 2014, The University of Arizona                  Anthropology Building 250

I am an archaeologist who studies human evolutionary ecology and the emergence of social complexity through the material record of prehistoric hunter-gatherer and early agricultural societies. My most recent research examines how (a) hunter-gatherer mobility gives rise to complex settlement patterns, or cultural geographies, (b) cooperative behavior evolves and persists in hunter-gatherer societies, and (c) large-scale demographic patterns among hunter-gatherer and early agricultural societies respond to changing ecological conditions. My primary areas of field research include the Andean highlands and US Southwest. My areas of technical expertise include quantitative methods, geographic information systems and spatial analysis, agent-based modeling, social network analysis, and lithic analysis. I am currently working with Todd Surovell on the NSF-funded Dukha Ethnoarchaeological Project, which is developing spatial theory of human behavior for application to archaeological problems.

Selected Publications

Downey, Sean S., Randall Haas, and Stephen J. Shennan
2016  European Neolithic societies showed early warning signals of population collapse. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: 201602504.

Haas, Randall, and Carlos Viviano Llave
2015  Hunter-gatherers on the eve of agriculture: investigations at Soro Mik’aya Patjxa, Lake Titicaca Basin, Peru, 8000–6700 BP. Antiquity 89(348): 1297–1312.

Haas, Randall, Cynthia J. Klink, Greg J. Maggard, and Mark S. Aldenderfer
2015  Settlement-Size Scaling among Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherer Settlement Systems in the New World. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0140127.

Mills, Barbara J., Matthew A. Peeples, Randall Haas, Lewis Borck, Jeffery J. Clark, and John M. Jr. Roberts
2015  Multiscalar Perspectives on Social Networks in the Late Prehispanic Southwest. American Antiquity 80(1): 3–24.

Mills, Barbara J., Jeffery J. Clark, Matthew A. Peeples, Randall Haas, John M. Roberts, J. Brett Hill, Deborah L. Huntley, Lewis Borck, Ronald L. Breiger, Aaron Clauset, and M. Steven Shackley
2013  Transformation of social networks in the late pre-Hispanic US Southwest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(15): 5785–5790.

Peeples, Matthew A., and Randall Haas
2013  Brokerage and social capital in the prehispanic U.S. Southwest. American Anthropologist 115(2): 232–247.

Mills, Barbara J, John M Roberts, Jeffery J Clark, Randall Haas, Deborah Huntley, Matthew A Peeples, Lewis Borck, Susan C Ryan, Meaghan A Trowbridge, and Ronald L Breiger
2013  The Dynamics of Social Networks in the Late Prehispanic US Southwest. In Network Analysis in Archaeology: New Approaches to Regional Interaction, edited by Carl Knappett, pp. 181–202. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Haas, Randall and Jacopo Tagliabue
2012  Prediciendo la Coalescencia en los Períodos Formativo y Tiwanaku en la Cuenca de Titicaca: Un Modelo Simple Basado en Agentes (Predicting Formative and Tiwanaku Period Coalescence in the Titicaca Basin: A Simple Agent-based Model). In Arqueología de la Cuenca del Titicaca, Perú, edited by Luis Flores Blanco and Henry Tantaleán, pp. 243–260. Instituto Francés de Estudios Andinos; Cotsen Istitute of Archaeology at UCLA, Lima.

Roberts Jr., John M., Barbara J. Mills, Jeffery J. Clark, Randall Haas, Deborah L. Huntley, and Meaghan A. Trowbridge
2012  A method for chronological apportioning of ceramic assemblages. Journal of Archaeological Science 39(5): 1513–1520.

Raichlen, David, Adam D Gordon, William E.H. Harcourt-Smith, Adam Foster, Randall Haas
2010 Laetoli footprints preserve earliest direct evidence of human-like bipedal biomechanicsPLoS ONE 5(3): e9769.

 Bourke, Mary C., Randall Haas, James A. Brearly, and Heather A. Viles

2007  Fluvial features.  In An Atlas of rock breakdown features in geomorphic environments, edited by M.C. Bourke and H.A. Viles, pp. 23-47.  Planetary Sciences Institute, Tucson.

 Haas, Randall

2006  The social implications of Basketmaker II cordage design distributionKiva 71(3): 275-298.

2002  Basketmaker II fiber industry of Boomerang Shelter, Utah:  A Synthesis of Archaeological Data Analysis and Experimentation.  Kiva 67:167-185.


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