William Lovis, Michigan State University

Anthropology Professor East Lansing, Michigan lovis@msu.edu Office: (517) 355-3485

Bio/Research

Professor and Curator Lovis’ research explores the relationship between human economic adaptation and mobility and changing Holocene environments in both the Great Lakes region and northern England. His multidisciplinary perspective includes collaborative experiments on carbonized food residue fo...

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Bio/Research

Professor and Curator Lovis’ research explores the relationship between human economic adaptation and mobility and changing Holocene environments in both the Great Lakes region and northern England. His multidisciplinary perspective includes collaborative experiments on carbonized food residue formation and interpretation of resultant isotope signatures to track the transition from hunting and gathering to horticulture in the Great Lakes. He harbors a continuing interest in applied theory and method, especially as it relates to research design. Dr. Lovis has been heavily engaged in issues of public policy in archaeology, particularly surrounding repatriation at the national level as well as forensic applications including law enforcement training and investigations. Dr. Lovis is currently engaged in multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research into the formation and preservation of stratified archaeological sites within the dynamic coastal dune settings of Lake Michigan, and regularly engages in fieldwork on Mesolithic sites in Yorkshire with his colleagues at the University of Bradford. Dr. Lovis currently chairs the Society for American Archaeology Committee on Excellence in Archaeological Analysis, and is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Career Award from the Midwest Archaeological Conference.

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