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Dr. Jonathan Lothrop

Curator of Archaeology

B.A., Anthropology, 1979, Franklin & Marshall College
M.A., Anthropology, 1982, Binghamton University 
Ph.D., Anthropology, 1988, Binghamton University

My research is focused on how and when Native Americans colonized and then settled the New York region from near the end of the Pleistocene or Ice Age into the early Holocene, 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. 


Lothrop, J.C., Bradley, J.W., Winchell-Sweeney, S., Younge, M.H., 2014. Paleoindian Occupations in Central New York, in: Kozlowski, A.L., Graham, B. (Eds.), Glacial Geology Of Cayuga County Of The Eastern Finger Lakes: Lakes, Lore And Landforms. Guidebook For 77Th Annual Reunion Of The Northeastern Friends Of The Pleistocene Field Conference, June 7-8, 2014, Auburn, New York. The New York State Geological Survey, New York State Museum and New York State Education Department, Albany.
Lothrop, J.C., Bradley, J.A., 2012. Paleoindian Occupations in the Hudson Valley, New York, in: Chapdelaine, C., Boisvert, R.A. (Eds.), Late Pleistocene Archaeology And Ecology In The Far Northeast. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas, pp. 9-47.
Lothrop, J.C., Newby, P.E., Spiess, A.E., Bradley, J.A., 2011. Paleoindians and the Younger Dryas in the New England-Maritimes Region. Quaternary International 242, 546-569. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2011.04.015
Feranec, R.S., Miller, N.G., Lothrop, J.C., Graham, R.W., 2011. The Sporormiella proxy and End-Pleistocene Megafaunal Extinction: A Perspective. Quaternary International 245, 333-338. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2011.06.004
Lothrop, J.C., Cremeens, D.L., 2010. 33Ms391: A Paleoindian Site in Southeastern Ohio. Current Research in the Pleistocene 27, 120-122.
Lothrop, J.C., 2010. Prehistoric Birdstones. Legacy: The Magazine of the New York State Museum 5, 16.
Lothrop, J.C., 2009. Foreword, in: Gramly, R.M. (Ed.), Paleoamericans And Paleoenvironment At The Vail Site, Maine. Persimmon Press, North Andover, Massachusetts, p. 7.
Cremeens, D.L., Lothrop, J.C., 2009. Geoarchaeology of a Strath Terrace in the Upper Ohio Valley, West Virginia. Soil Science Society of America Journal 73, 390-402. doi:10.2136/sssaj2007.0151