Department of Anthropology

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Richard N. Holmer, Ph.D.

Professor

Background

Rick Holmer is professor of anthropology at Idaho State University where he has taught since 1983. He earned a Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of Utah and has conducted archaeological research in Mexico, Samoa, the American Desert West, and Alaska.


Research Interests

Dr. Holmer's research interest is Native American ecology in the Intermountain West, along with methods and techniques to extract as much information as possible from artifacts and sites. These include statistical methods, digital imaging, geographic information systems, stone tool morphology and typology, obsidian source analysis and faunal analysis.

Dr. Holmer recently published a book on the Aztec sacred calendar, and he is in the drafting stages of two more about ancient Mesoamerica. These books result from 35 years of studying the native writing systems, mathematics, astronomy and religion in Central Mexico.

Dr. Holmer is writing a book about the archaeology of eastern Idaho and the surrounding region (including Yellowstone, the Tetons, the River of No Return Wilderness, etc.). The book culminates 25 years of thinking about the region's ethnography and archaeology.


Ongoing Research

Dr. Holmer recently published a book on the Aztec sacred calendar, and he is in the drafting stages of two more about ancient Mesoamerica. These books result from 35 years of studying the native writing systems, mathematics, astronomy and religion in Central Mexico.

Dr. Holmer is writing a book about the archaeology of eastern Idaho and the surrounding region (including Yellowstone, the Tetons, the River of No Return Wilderness, etc.). The book culminates 25 years of thinking about the region's ethnography and archaeology.


Selected Publications

2009 Field Guide: Projectile Points of Eastern Idaho. Idaho Museum of Natural History, Pocatello. Order from the IMNH E-store.

2005 The Aztec Book of Destiny. BookSurge, an Amazon.com Company. Charleston, preview the book at Amazon, or at Google Books.

2004 Vegetation Change in the Upper Snake, Yellowstone, and Green River Drainages: The Last 14,000 Years. In Wildfire Effects on Rangeland Ecosystems and Livestock Grazing in Idaho, pp. 148-163. ISU GIS Center. Pocatello, (with Sharon R. Plager), article.pdf.

2004 GIS Cultural Resource Predictive Model for the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. Department of Anthropology, Idaho State University. Pocatello (with Sharon R. Plager, Tanya L. Johnson, and Arnold Williams), article.pdf.

1997 Volcanic Glass Utilization in Eastern Idaho. Tebiwa 26(2):186-204. Pocatello, article.pdf.

1995 Projectile Point Classification: the Eastern Idaho Database. Tebiwa 25:115-121. Pocatello, article.pdf.

1994 In Search of Ancestral Northern Shoshone. In Across the West: Human Population Movement and the Expansion of the Numa, pp 179-187, edited by David B. Madsen and David Rhode. University of Utah Press. Salt Lake City, article.pdf.

1990 Prehistory of the Northern Shoshone. Rendezvous 26:41-60. Pocatello, article.pdf.

1986 Common Projectile Points of the Intermountain West. In The Anthropology of the Desert West, pp 89-115, edited by Carol Condie and Don Fowler. University of Utah Press. Salt Lake City, article.pdf.

1980 Archaeological Excavations in Western Samoa. Pacific Anthropological Records 32. Honolulu (with Jesse D. Jennings).

1980 Sudden Shelter. University of Utah Anthropological Papers 103. Salt Lake City, (with Jesse D. Jennings and Alan R. Schroedl).


Courses Taught

ANTH 239 - Ancient Mexico (Every Fall and Spring Semesters) - syllabus
ANTH 403/503 - Method and Theory in Archaeology (Every Spring Semester) - syllabus
ANTH 410/510 - Introduction to Cultural Resource Management (Every other Spring Semester) - syllabus
ANTH 463/563 - Applied Statistics in Anthropology (Every other Fall Semester) - syllabus
ANTH 492 - Senior Seminar (Every Spring Semester) - syllabus - Senior papers presented at the annual Senior Symposium


Appointments

2009-2010 - Chair, Department of Anthropology, Idaho State University
2002-2003 - Acting Chair, Department of Anthropology, Idaho State University
1998-present - Professor of Anthropology, Idaho State University
1992-1994 - Chairman, Department of Anthropology, Idaho State University
1989-1993 - Director, Idaho Museum of Natural History
1988-1998 - Associate Professor of Anthropology (tenured), Idaho State University
1987-1990 - Curator of Anthropology and Chair, Division of Anthropology, Idaho Museum of Natural History
1983-1988 - Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Idaho State University
1980-1984 - Research Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah

Department of Anthropology • College of Arts and Letters • Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Avenue, Stop 8005, Pocatello, ID  83209-8005
Tel: (208) 282-2629 • Fax: (208) 282-4944 • Email: clovrebe@isu.edu

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209