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Department of Anthropology

Rick Weathermon
Senior Research Scientist

B.A. 1990, University of Wyoming
M.A. 1996, University of Wyoming
Ph.D. 2011, University of Wyoming • (307) 314-2035 • Anthropology Bldg 202


Rick L. Weathermon received his B.A. with honors in Anthropology in 1990, M.A. in Anthropology in 1996, and Ph.D. in Anthropology 2011 from the University of Wyoming. Mr. Weathermon joined the Department of Anthropology as an Assistant Academic Professional Research Scientist in 1996. He serves as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Contact, with half of his time devoted to Physical Anthropology and half to Archaeology. His primary activities consist of NAGPRA compliance, archaeological and human osteological laboratory instruction, and collections access and maintenance. Rick is focusing on perishable technologies. His research interests include bioarchaeology, historic and prehistoric use of the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming, experimental archaeology, and bison ethology. In his spare time, he enjoys roaming the hills with his family, antique weaponry, and documenting sabretooth rodents of unusual size in Black Hills field camps.


Courses Taught:

ANTH1300             Introduction to Archaeology

ANTH 4210/5210   Human Osteology

ANTH3310             Research Methods Labs

ANTH4140             Archaeological Fieldschool

ANTH4000/5000    Independent Instruction

ANTH4975/5875    Osteological Practicum


Recent/Selected Publications:

Gill, George W., and Rick L. Weathermon (Co-Editors)

2008 Skeletal Biology and Bioarchaeology on the Northwestern Plains. University of Utah Press.

Weathermon, Rick L.

2008 Those Left Behind: An Analysis of Western Pioneer-Era Burials. In Skeletal Biology and Bioarchaeology on the Northwestern Plains. Edited by George W. Gill and Rick L. Weathermon. pp. 104-127

Weathermon, Rick L.

2008 A Bioarchaeological and Historical Analysis of an Indian Wars Era Casualty from Platte Bridge Station, Dakota Territory. In Skeletal Biology and Bioarchaeology on the Northwestern Plains Edited by George W. Gill and Rick L. Weathermon. pp. 143-159

Weathermon, Rick L.

2007 The Other Lithic Technology: Polished, Abraded and Battered Edged Cobbles. In The Medicine Lodge Creek Project In the Big Horn Basin of Northern Wyoming, Vol. I. Edited by George C. Frison and Danny N. Walker. pp. 257-274. Clovis Press, Avondale, CO.

Weathermon, Rick L.

2001 New Information from the Reanalyses of a Frontier Burial from Ft. Caspar, Wyoming. The Wyoming Archaeologist, 45(1) pp 29-40.


Research Interests:

Bison Ethology and Ecology Prehistoric Perishable Materials Culture and Technology Rockshelter and Cave Formation and Occupation Lithic Source Analysis Historic Archaeology Forensic Osteology Osteological Taphonomy Bioarchaeology Microscopy Applications in Anthropology.


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