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Dr. James Skibo

Distinguished Professor & Chair Emeritus
Sociology and Anthropology
Schroeder Hall - SCH 332
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I am the Director of the Grand Island Archaeological Research Program and the Co-Director of the Old Main Project

Research Interests & Areas

Great Lakes and Southwest archaeology; Archaeological Theory and Ethnoarchaeology


University of Arizona

Ph D Anthropology

University of Arizona


Northern Michigan University
Marquette, Michigan

Excellence in Archaeological Analysis

Society for American Archaeology

Book, Authored

Skibo, J., & Walker, W. Explorations in Behavioral Archaeology. University of Utah Press (2015)
Skibo, J. Undestanding Pottery Function. Springer (2013)
Skibo, J., & Schiffer, M. People and Things (2008)

Journal Article

Graves, M., Skibo, J., Stark, M., & Schiffer, M. An Anthropological Archaeologist: The Contributions of William A. Longacre to Archaeological Theory, Method, and Practice. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 23.4 (2016)
Skibo, J., Malainey, M., & Kooiman, S. Early Pottery in the Upper Great Lakes: Exploring Traces of Use. Antiquity 90 (2016): 1226-1237.


From the Mountains of the Philippines to the Shores of Lake Superior: An Archaeologist's Quest to Understand the Relationship between People and Things. Distinguished Professor Lecture. Illinois State University. (2013)
Grand Island 2013. Alger County Historical Society. (2013)
Grand Island Archaeology. Illinois State Museum Paul Mickey Science Series. Illinois State Museum. (2013)
Grand Island Archaeological Program: Twelve Years of Work on the South Shore of Lake Superior. Alger County Historical Society. (2012)