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John Kantner is the Vice President for Academic & Institutional Advancement at the School of American Research and he was formerly an associate professor of Anthropology at Georgia State University. A native of New Mexico, he earned his BA from Colorado College and his PhD from U.C. Santa Barbara. His early research was on Spanish Colonial ethnohistory of the Southwest, and he has also conducted archaeological investigations in Costa Rica, the US Plains and the US Rocky Mountains. Over the past several years, Dr. Kantner's research has focused on the archaeology of the prehistoric Southwestern United States, with a particular interest in the development of sociopolitical complexity of the Chaco Anasazi. Dr. Kantner currently directs the Lobo Mesa Archaeological Project, which focuses on prehistoric Anasazi groups who inhabited the Red Mesa Valley of northwestern New Mexico between AD 850 and 1200. The goal of this research is to identify the processes by which complex social and political regional institutions emerge from communities of comparatively simple horticulturists. Principles of human behavioural ecology and evolutionary theory provide the theoretical foundation for these investigations, while the analysis of prehistoric ceramics and regional spatial patterning provides the methodologies needed to interpret the archaeological remains. Publications by Dr. Kantner can be found in Human Nature, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Research, and Historical Archaeology, and he coedited the 2000 book Great House Communities Across the Chacoan Landscape, published by University of Arizona Press. His latest book, Ancient Puebloan Southwest, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2004. Dr. Kantner also continues his explorations of the use of new media both for enhancing public education and facilitating professional interaction.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Pueblo Indians -- Antiquities.
Southwest, New -- Antiquities