Phone: (979) 862-8542
Office: 208A Anthropology, Texas A&M University
Economy of Foragers, Agricultural Systems, Field Archaeology, Archaeobotany
Phil Dering received his M.S. in Botany and Ph.D in Anthropology from Texas A&M University. He is an archaeologist and manager of the Archaeobotanical Laboratory at the Center for Ecological Archaeology, Texas A&M University. He specializes in archaeobotany (identification of plant remains recovered from archaeological sites) and field archaeology. His research emphasizes ecological relationships between plants and foragers, and the archaeology of agricultural systems in the Americas. The prehistory of the deserts of southwestern North America, especially the Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts, the coastal desert of Peru, and the North American Southern Plains and its periphery, are his primary areas of geographic interest. Other research involves a study of the Native American utilization of root foods (geophytes) in the southern plains, and the study of plants depicted in the rock art of the lower Pecos River region.