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Steve Black

Texas State University Applied Anthropology, Dr. Steve Black, ArchaeologyStephen L. Black, Phd, RPA
Retired | Associate Professor

Ph.D., Harvard University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:  Hunter-gatherer lifeways, archaeological method and theory, research design, cooking technology, cultural ecology, social interaction, experimental archaeology, and applied archaeology.

I am an archaeologist specializing in hunter-gatherer archaeology and public archaeology.  I have carried out field work in Texas, New Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Ecuador. I spent much of the first half of my career doing cultural resource management (CRM) archaeology, the prime source of employment and research funding for American archaeologists.  My CRM years were spent at the Center for Archaeological Research at UT-San Antonio, where I earned my M.A. (1984), and at UT-Austin, where I had earned my BA. (1976) and then returned in 1991 to work at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL). While at TARL in 2001 I was the founding editor of – the virtual museum of Texas’ cultural heritage.

Since 2009 I have focused on the archaeology of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands, home to hunting and gathering (and fishing) societies throughout prehistory.  I teach periodic undergraduate archaeological field schools in the Lower Pecos (summers 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015).  Most of my research is done as the principal investigator of the Ancient Southwest Texas (ASWT), a long-term research program with the broad aims of improving our understanding of the prehistoric human record of southwestern Texas and adjacent northern Mexico, sharing what we learn with the scholarly community and the public, and training the next generation of archaeologists. Through ASWT, my graduate students (past, current, and future) and I have investigated several areas of the Canyonlands. Since 2013 we have carried out three six-month field seasons in Eagle Nest Canyon near Langtry, Texas.  Check out our ASWT blog and our ASWT Facebook page to learn more.

Select Publications

Black, Stephen L., M. Katherine Spradley, and Michelle D. Hamilton,
2015, Crevice Interments Deconstructed. Texas Journal of Archeology and History, 2:1-16.

Black, Stephen L. and Alston V. Thoms
2014, Hunter-Gatherer Earth Ovens in the Archaeological Record: Fundamental Concepts. American Antiquity, 79(4):204-226.

Lohse, Jon C., Stephen l. Black, and Laly M. Cholak
2014, Toward an Improved Archaic Radiocarbon Chronology for Central Texas. Bulletin of the Texas Archeological Society, 85:251-279.

Black, Stephen L.
2013, Archaeologists of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands.  In Painters in Prehistory: Archaeology and Art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands, edited by Harry J. Shafer, p. 139-152. Trinity University Press.

Avery, George and Stephen L. Black
2010, Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de los Ais: Spanish Mission on the Camino Real, online exhibit.

Whelan, Carly and Stephen L. Black
2008, Arenosa Shelter, online exhibit.

Black, Stephen L. (lead editor and prime author)
2005, Plateaus and Canyonlands, online exhibit set,

Black, Stephen L. and Kevin Jolly
2003, Archaeology by Design, Archaeologist’s Toolkit Series #1, Altamira Press.

Black, Stephen L.
2001, Bonfire Shelter, online exhibit.

Black, Stephen L. and J. Philip Dering
2001, Lower Pecos Canyonlands, online exhibit.

Black, Stephen L., Linda W. Ellis, Darrell G. Creel, and Glenn T. Goode
1997, Hot Rock Cooking on the Greater Edwards Plateau: Four Burned Rock Midden Sites in West Central Texas. Studies in Archeology 22. Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin.

Courses Taught

Anthropology 2415 - Introduction to Archaeology
Anthropology 3318/5318 – Texas Archaeology
Anthropology 3308/5308 – CRM Archaeology
Anthropology 3347/5347 - Archaeology of North America
Anthropology 5313 - Seminar in Archaeology
Anthropology 5315 - Archaeological Artifact Identification and Analysis