CSFA Endowed Professorship
Interim Department Head
Ph.D.—University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1993
Specialty: Peopling of the Americas, stone artifact analysis, Paleoindian archaeology, Alaska & Siberia
Current Research Projects: My research focuses on the Ice Age origins of the first Americans. Through my career I have worked on Paleolithic and Paleoindian sites in remote areas of Russia (interior Siberia, Kamchatka and Chukotka), Alaska, and the intermountain west of North America (Nevada, California, Oregon, Utah, and Idaho). I currently direct field-based archaeological projects in Alaska and the Great Basin. In Alaska, our team’s research focuses on explaining variability in human technologies of Pleistocene Beringians. Since 2009 we have excavated a buried fluted-point site called Serpentine Hot Springs, which dates to about 12,000 years ago and is located in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. Besides this, we are surveying for early sites in the uppermost Tanana River valley and middle Yukon basin of Alaska, and we are analyzing old collections from the Nenana valley region. Our Great Basin program for the past decade has been centered on Bonnville Estates Rockshelter, eastern Nevada, where we unearthed evidence of human cultures spanning the last 13,000 years. Although fieldwork at Bonneville Estates is now complete, we are still engaged in analyses of a variety of paleoecological and archaeological materials from it, for example 12,000-year old grasshoppers, 8000 year old human coprolites, and hundreds of projectile points representing all periods of Great Basin prehistory. We have also initiated new field research in southern Idaho, investigating the chronology of early fluted- and stemmed-point technologies.
ANTH 330 Anthropological Field School
ANTH 350 Archaeology of the Old World
ANTH 447/647 Lithic Artifact Analysis
ANTH 602 Archaeological Methods & Theory
ANTH 651 Pleistocene Prehistory of Northeast Asia and Alaska
ANTH 689 Method and Theory in the Peopling of the Americas
ANTH 689 Lithic Technological Organization
Current Graduate Students: John Blong, Marion Coe, Josh Keene, Caroline Ketron, Josh Lynch, Melissa Mueller, Heather Smith, Angela Younie
Goebel, T., and I. Buvit (editors) (2011) From the Yenisei to the Yukon: Interpreting Lithic Assemblage Variability in Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene Beringia. Texas A&M University Press, College Station.
Goebel, T., B. Hockett, K. D. Adams, D. Rhode, and K. Graf (2011) Climate, environment, and humans in North America’s Great Basin during the Younger Dryas, 12,900-11,600 calendar years ago. Quaternary International 242:479-501.
Lorenzen, E. D., D. Nogués-Bravo, L. Orlando, J. Weinstock, J. Binladen, K. A. Marske, A. Ugan, M. K. Borregaard, M. T. P. Gilbert, R. Neilsen, S. Y. W. Ho, T. Goebel, K. E. Graf, et al. (2011) Species-specific responses of Late Quaternary megafauna to climate and humans. Nature 479:359-364.
Goebel, T., S. B. Slobodin, and M. R. Waters (2010) New dates from Ushki-1, Kamchatka, confirm 13,000 cal BP age for earliest Paleolithic occupation. Journal of Archaeological Science 37:2640-2649.
Goebel, T., M. R. Waters, and D. H. O’Rourke (2008) The late Pleistocene dispersal of modern humans in the Americas. Science 319:1497-1502.