Archaeology and Historical ecology

The HEnDy Lab works on understanding the breadth of livelihood practices and their recursive relationships with changing ecological conditions. Much of our ethnographic research is conducted with an eye toward how patterns of work and land use are expressed in material records, including both ethnohistoric and archaeological evidence that extends through Holocene and into the Pleistocene. We are currently conducting NSF funded research projects into factors that shape the archaeological expression of resource acquisition, field processing, and transport, as well social and ecological interactions of subsistence intensification, habitat modification, settlement patterns, mobility and climate change. 


Bird, D.W., R. Bliege Bird, B.F. Codding (2016) Pyrodiversity and the anthropocene: the role of fire in the broad spectrum revolution. Evolutionary Anthropology 25:105-116.

Bird, D.W. (2016). The roots of the question: Surprise Valley, Alyawarra, and the early development of James F. O’Connell’s ethnoarchaeology. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology

Codding, B.F., D.W. Zeanah, R. Bliege Bird, C.H. Parker, and D.W. Bird (2016). Martu ethnoarchaeology: foraging ecology and the marginal value of site structure. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology

*Klein, R.G. and D.W. Bird (2016). Shellfishing and human evolution. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology

Bird, D.W. and R. Bliege Bird (2016). Signaling theory and durable symbolic expression. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art (in press).

Price, M.H. (2016) A field processing model that accounts for the cost of home labor. Journal of Archaeological Science (in press).

Zeanah, D.W., B.F. Codding, D.W. Bird, R. Bliege Bird, and P. Veth (2015).  Diesel and damper: changes in seed use and mobility following contact amongst the Martu of Western Australia. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 39:51-62.

Jazwa, C. S., Braje, T. J., Erlandson, J. M., & Kennett, D. J. (2015). Central place foraging and shellfish processing on California’s Northern Channel Islands. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 40, 33-47.

Codding, B.F. and D.W. Bird (2015).  Behavioral ecology and the future of archaeological science. Journal of Archaeological Science 56:9-20. 

Codding, B.F., J.F. O’Connell, D.W. Bird (2014). Shellfishing and the colonization of Sahul: a multivariate model evaluating the dynamic effects of prey utility, transport costs and life history on foraging patterns and midden composition. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 9:238–252.
Bird, D.W., B.F. Codding, R. Bliege Bird, D.W. Zeanah, C.J. Taylor (2013). Megafauna in a continent of small game: archaeological implications of Martu camel hunting in Australia's Western Desert. Quaternary International 297:155-166. 

Bird, D.W., B.F. Codding, R. Bliege Bird, D.W. Zeanah (2012).  Risky pursuits: implications of Martu hunting strategies for archaeological measures of subsistence change.  American Antiquity 77:186-194.  

Bird, D.W. and J.F. O’Connell (2012).  Human behavioral ecology. In Archaeological Theory Today, 2nd Edition, I. Hodder (ed.), pp. 37-61. Cambridge: Polity Press.  

Bird, D.W., R. Bliege Bird, B.F. Codding (2009).  In pursuit of mobile prey: Martu hunting strategies and archaeofaunal interpretation.  American Antiquity 74:3-29.