Dr. Jonathan Lothrop
Currently, my research focus is on how and when Native Americans first colonized, and then adapted to New York and surrounding areas between about 11,000 and 8000 B.C. This approach involves integrated studies of Paleoindian sites and artifact collections, within and between regions, (1) to refine chronology and systematics, and (2) to model changes in Paleoindian lifeways, including technology, settlement, and subsistence. A key aspect of this work involves collaborating with earth scientists at NYSM and elsewhere to better understand the Late Pleistocene landscapes and environments of these peoples. At the broadest level, this research contributes to our understanding about the peopling of the New World at the end of the Pleistocene era, and how some human populations adapted in the past to rapid environmental and climatic change.
B.A., Anthropology, 1979, Franklin & Marshall College
M.A., Anthropology, 1982, Binghamton University
Ph.D., Anthropology, 1988, Binghamton University
Late Pleistocene Adaptations:
Investigating archaeological evidence for the first peoples of New York and surrounding regions.
New York Paleoindian Database Project (NYPID)
A Research and data collection project documenting information and photographs of artifacts left behind by the first peoples of New York.