Martin H. Welker

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Assistant Curator of Zooarchaeology

About Martin H. Welker

I am an anthropological archaeologist, specializing in zooarchaeology. I am currently the Assistant Curator of Zooarchaeology at the Arizona State Museum, and also an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the School of Anthropology. My research focuses on human behavior and the mechanics of domestic animal management, and roles played by domesticates in human societies in the past. I am actively pursuing research on the detection of archaeological dog remains in the archaeological record, the roles dogs played in prehistoric and historic communities in North America, and the introduction, management, and ecological impacts of Eurasian domesticates in North America. I approach these reseach topics through a combination of zooarchaeology and morphometrics framed with ethnohistoric observations, quantitative modeling, and ecological theory. 

Selected Publications

Welker, M. H., A. Foster, and E. Tourigny, (Accepted) Pioneering Poultry: A Morphometric Investigation of Domestic Chickens (Gallus gallus) in Eastern North America. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.

Welker, M. H., J. E. Hughes, (Accepted) Military Provisioning at the Fortress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton Canada: Animal Bone from the King's Bastion Barracks. Northeast Historical Archaeology.

Welker, M. H., (In Press) Travois Transport and Field Processing: The Role of Dogs in Intermountain and Plains Food Transport. Human Ecology.

Welker, M. H., D. A. Byers, and S. B. McClure, (2021) “I Wanna Be Your Dog”: Evaluating the Efficacy of Univariate and Multivariate Methods for Differentiating Domestic and Wild Canids in North America. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.

Welker, D., B. Crowley, J. Evans, M. Welker, J. Broadbent, R. Roberts, and D. Mills, (2020) Transformation of Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus kunkeei is Influenced by Vector Replicon, DNA Methylation and Recipient Cell Growth Temperature. FEMS Microbiology Letters.

Stephens, L., D. Fuller, N. Boivin, […], M. H. Welker [106], (2019) Archaeological Assessment Reveals Earth’s Early Transformation Through Land Use. Science 365(6456):897-902.

Lambert, P.M. and M. H. Welker, (2019) Revisiting Traumatic Injury Risk and Agricultural Intensification: Fracture Frequency at Cerro Oreja, Peru. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 169(37):143-151.

Welker, M. H. and R. Dunham, (2019) Exploring the Introduction of European Dogs to North America Through Shoulder Height. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 29(2):325-334.

Zavodny, E., S. B. McClure, M. H. Welker, B. J. Culleton, J. Balen, and D. J. Kennett, (2019) Stable Isotope Markers of Herd Management and the Development of Transhumance in Bronze-Iron Age Lika. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 23:1055-1065

Welker, M. H. and D. A. Byers, (2019) The Birch Creek Canids and Dogs as Transport Labor in the Intermountain West. American Antiquity 84(1):88-106.

Welker, M. H., S. M. Billings, J. A. Burns, and S. B. McClure, (2018) Roads and Military Provisioning During the French and Indian War (1754-1763): The Faunal Remains of Fort Shirley, PA in Context. Open Quaternary 4(5):1-15.

McClure, S. B. and M. H. Welker, (2017) Farming with Animals: The Cardial Neolithic and the Role of Domesticated Animals in the Western Mediterranean. In Times of Neolithic Transition along the Western Mediterranean. Springer Book.

Lambert, P. M. and M. H. Welker, (2017) Traumatic Injury Risk and Agricultural Transitions: A View from the American Southeast and Beyond. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162(1):120-142.

Courses Taught

ANTH 472/572

Research Interests

Human-Environmental Interaction, Domestication, Colonization Events, Animal Translocation, Animal Management, Skeletal Morphometrics, Human Behavioral Ecology