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VAUGHN BRYANT | PROFESSOR

Ph.D. – University of Texas at Austin, 1969

Specialty: Archaeological Palynology, Paleoenvironmental Studies, Coprolite Studies, Forensic Palynology, Melissopalynology

Current Research Projects: Most of my research focuses on the study of fossil pollen and other plant remains recovered from archaeological sites on land and from shipwreck and other underwater sites. For much of my career I have studied the contents of ancient human feces (coprolites) and used those data to reconstruct the diets and paleonutrition of ancient human societies. Some of those studies have focused on coprolites from Homo erectus, Neandertals, and early Holocene cultures throughout North and South America. Currently, my students and I are also studying the origin and spread of food use throughout the Americas using data recovered from the analysis of ancient starch remains recovered from archaeological sites. My other research focus is on the use of pollen in forensic applications to aid law enforcement agencies in their pursuit and conviction of criminals and international terrorists. One other research specialty, which I have pioneered over the course of more than 30 years, centers on the pollen analysis of commercial honey produced in countries throughout the world in an effort to verify both the country of origin and the primary nectar sources of honey.

Courses Taught:
ANTH 201 - Introduction to Anthropology

ANTH 205- Peoples and Cultures of the World

ANTH 637- Paleoethnobotany

Current Graduate Students: Chase Beck, Rossana Paredes, Angelina Perrotti, Casey Wayne Riggs, Anthony Taylor

Representative Publications:

2012 Bryant, Vaughn M. & Karl J. Reinhard. Coprolites and Archaeology: The Missing Links in Understanding Human Health. Hunt et al., eds., Vertebrate Coprolites. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 57.

2011 Bryant, Vaughn M., Sarah M. Kampbell & Jerome Lynn Hall. Tobacco Pollen: Archaeological and
Forensic Applications. Palynology 36 (2): 208-223.

2007 Bryant, Vaughn M. Microscopic Evidence for the Domestication and Spread of Maize. PNAS 104 (50): 19659-19660.

2001 Bryant, Vaughn M. The R-Values of Honey: Pollen Coefficients. Palynology 25 (2001): 11-28.

1993 Bryant, Vaughn M. & Stephen A. Hall. Archaeological Palynology in the United States: A Critique. American Antiquity 58 (2): 277-286.