Department of Anthropology

Marcel Kornfeld

BA 1974, University of New Mexico
MA 1982, University of Wyoming
Ph.D. 1994, University of Massachusetts • (307) 766-3548 • Anthropology Bldg 240


Executive Committee: Suyanggae International Symposium (SISEC)

Distinguished Researcher of the Institute of Korean Prehistory (IKP)

Born in Zagreb, Croatia, I spent my early years vacationing among Roman ruins of the Adriatic, stumbling among medieval castles or their ruins around Zagreb, and nearly fell into Veternica Cave soon after its discovery! Perhaps this predisposed me to the past.

Now I pursue my research interests through a number of archeology projects investigating Paleoindian occupations and human adaptations to Plains, Foothills, and Mountainous areas of the western United States. Specific sites and projects include: Plains and Mountains Paleoindian Study-focusing on Hell Gap and Agate Basin sites, as well as the high mountain "parks" of Colorado; and Closed Site Archeology-focusing on human use of rock shelters-when, why, and how do humans use closed sites. 

On the personal side, I enjoy road trips, mountain biking and hiking in the summer, and cross country and downhill skiing in the winter. I also enjoy automechanics--especially working on air cooled VWs, Types I and II. Other hobbies include chainsaw wood sculpting.

Courses Taught:

5180 Advanced Archeological Field School
5015 Theory and Method in Archeology
5000 Special Problems
4975 Undergraduate Practicum
4970 Internship
4150/5150 Seminar: Paleoindian Prehistory
4150/5150 Seminar: Archaic Prehistory
4120/5120 North American Prehistory
4125/5125 Northwestern Plains Prehistory
4111/5111 Zooarchaeology II
4110/5110 Zooarchaeology I
4020 Seminar4000 Conference
3400 Hunter and Gatherers
3310 Introduction to Anthropological Research Methods
3000 Patterns of Subsistence
1300 Introduction to Archaeology
1200 Introduction of Cultural Anthropology


Marcel Kornfeld, Mary Lou Larson, Yung-Jo Lee, Jong-yoon Woo, and Mackenzie Cory (Organizers and Editors), 2016. Program and Proceedings of the 21st Suyanggae and Her Neighbors International Symposium: Suyanggae and Hell Gap: Pleistocene-Holocene Archaeology from the Cape of Good Hope to Tierra del Fuego. 26 July - 3 August, 2016. Paleoindian Research Lab, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming.

Marcel Kornfeld and Bruce Huckell (editors), 2016. Stones, Bones, and Profiles: Exploring Archaeological Context, Early American Hunter-Gatherers, and Bison. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Marcel Kornfeld, 2013. The First Rocky Mountaineers: Coloradans Before Colorado. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City. [2013 IndieFab Bronze Award Winner for the Rocky Mountains]

Marcel Kornfeld, George C. Frison, and Mary Lo Larson, 2010, Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers of the High Plains and Rockies. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek.

Mary Lou Larson, Marcel Kornfeld, and George C. Frison (editors). 2009, Hell Gap: A Stratified Paleoindian Campsite at the Edge of the Rockies. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

Marcel Kornfeld, Sergey Vasil'ev, and Laura Miotti (editors), 2007, Prés du bord d'un Abri: Les Histoires, Théories et Méthodes de Recherches sur les Abris sous Roche/On Shelter's Ledge: Histories, Theories and Methods of Rockshelter Research. British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1655. Oxford, England.

Marcel Kornfeld and Alan J. Osborn (editors), 2003, Islands on the Plains: Ecological, Social, and Ritual Use of Landscapes. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Marcel Kornfeld, 2003, Pull of the Hills, Landscape Archaeology and Great Plains Foraging Economy. British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1106, Oxford, England.

Marcel Kornfeld, George C. Frison, and Mary Lou Larson (editors), 1995, Keyhole Reservoir Archeology, Glimpses of the Past from Northeast Wyoming. Occasional Papers on Wyoming Archeology No. 5. Laramie, Wyoming.

Marcel Kornfeld (editor), 1991. Approaches to Gender Processes on the Great Plains. Plains Anthropologist Memoir 26.

Marcel Kornfeld and Lawrence C. Todd (editors), 1985. McKean - Middle Plains Archaic: Current Research. Occasional Papers on Wyoming Archeology No. 4. Laramie, Wyoming.

Marcel Kornfeld and Julie E. Francis (editors), 1984. South Pass City: Changing Perspectives of a 19th Century Frontier Town. Occasional Papers on Wyoming Archeology No. 3. Laramie, Wyoming.

Research Interests:

cultural evolution, cultural ecology, foraging societies, chipped stone technology, regional distributions archeology, gender, peopling of continents, Paleoindian prehistory, closed sites, computerized field techniques



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