John D. Speth is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and Curator of North American Archaeology in the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan.
Hunters and gatherers (past and present); archaeology of North America; Southwestern archaeology; Plains-Pueblo interaction; Paleoindian; Middle Paleolithic (Europe and Near East); evolution of human diet; hunting; zooarchaeology
Speth studies hunter-gatherers, past and present, New World and Old World. He is interested generally in the evolution of foragers diet, subsistence strategies, and food processing technologies and, more specifically in the ways that hunter-gatherers (and small-scale farmers) cope with seasonal and inter-annual unpredictability in their resource base. Largely through fauna, he also is exploring the nutritional and economic basis of Plains-Pueblo interaction in the American Southwest and Neanderthal hunting in the Near Eastern Levant.
In 1994 Speth formally launched a University of Michigan Department and Museum of Museum of Anthropological Archaeology Field Training Program in Archaeology, and since then has taken many undergraduate and graduate students to southeastern New Mexico to excavate late prehistoric mixed bison-hunting/farming communities along the western margins of the Southern High Plains.
2011 (Speth, John D., Liliane Meignen, Ofer Bar-Yosef, Paul Goldberg), The Spatial Organization of Middle Paleolithic Occupation X in Kebara Cave (Israel): The Concentrations of Animal Bones. Quaternary International (in press, early online 11 March, 2011).
2011 (Speth, John D., Khori Newlander, Andrew A. White, Ashley K. Lemke, and Lars E. Anderson), Early Paleoindian Big-Game Hunting in North America: Provisioning or Politics? Quaternary International (in press, early online 3 December, 2010).
2010 (Speth, John D.), The Paleoanthropology and Archaeology of Big-Game Hunting: Protein, Fat, or Politics? Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology. New York, NY: Springer.
2004 (Goren-Inbar, Naama, and John D. Speth, editors), Human Paleoecology in the Levantine Corridor. Oxford, England: Oxbow Press.
2004 (Speth, John D., editor), Life on the Periphery: Economic Change in Late Prehistoric Southeastern New Mexico. Memoir, no. 37. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Museum of Anthropology.