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Village Ecodynamics Project


Steven A. LeBlanc

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Steven A. LeBlanc
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Research Associate

Steven A. LeBlanc is an archaeologist at Harvard’s Peabody Museum and an accomplished author.


Steven A. LeBlanc is an archaeologist at Harvard’s Peabody Museum. He attended Pomona College, the University of California Santa Barbara, and Washington University in St. Louis, and did post-doctoral work in human genetics at the University of Michigan. He has used his genetics background to investigate ancient DNA as seen in his jointly authored papers “Genetic Relationships Based on Discrete Dental Traits: Basketmaker II and Mimbres” in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 18:109-130 (2008) and “Quids and aprons: Ancient DNA from artifacts from the American Southwest” in the Journal of Field Archaeology 32(2):161-175 (2007). He has done field work in the Middle East and the American Southwest with a focus on the Mimbres culture of southwestern New Mexico. This work has resulted in several books including The Mimbres People, Painted by a Distant Hand, The Galaz Ruin, and Early Pithouse Villages of the Mimbres Valley and Beyond. He also directed a project on the late PIII/early PIV period in the Zuni region. His interest in warfare in the past has led to his books Prehistoric Warfare in the American Southwest and he extended that interest to the entire world in Constant Battles.



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A Diverse Team

The Village Ecodynamics Project seeks to understand ancient Pueblo peoples in their social and environmental contexts, a task that benefits from close collaboration among researchers from diverse disciplines. Alongside archaeology, computer science, ecology and geology, biomolecular science and economics play important roles. In the long run we hope that projects such as this will help the social sciences to overcome their historic isolation from biology, the earth sciences, and mathematics.

In the shorter term our agent-based models provide mechanisms for integrating insights from paleoclimatology, anthropology, and ecology, and provide expectations against which we can compare the always-surprising richness and variability of the actual historical contexts that we study in southwestern Colorado and north-central New Mexico.

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