Jesse Albertice MacPendleton Ballenger

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology

About Jesse Albertice MacPendleton Ballenger

Dr. Jesse Ballenger is a nomadic human being sometimes witnessed sauntering between the southern Southwest and the Great Plains of North America.

Selected Publications

2017 The Earliest People in the Southwest (first author with V.T. Holliday and G. Sanchez). In The Oxford Handbook of Southwest Archaeology, edited by B.J. Mills and S. M. Fowles. Oxford University Press, New York.

2016 Terminal Pleistocene Paleoindian Ecology and Demography: A View from the Southwestern United States (third author with Mary M. Prasciunas and Vance T. Holliday). In Exploring Cause and Explanation: Historical Ecology, Demography, and Movement in the American Southwest, edited by Cynthia L. Herbahn and Ann F. Ramenofsky, pp. 29-46. University of Colorado, Boulder.

2016 Implications from Chemical, Structural and Mineralogical Studies of Magnetic Microspherules from around the Lower Younger Dryas Boundary (New Mexico, USA). (fifth author with A.V. Anronikov, I.E. Andronikova, C.W. Loehn, B. Lafuente, G.T. Crawford, and D.S. Lauretta, Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography 98:1–21.

2015 The Densest Concentration on Earth? Quantifying Clovis-Mammoth Associations in the San Pedro Valley, Southeastern Arizona, U.S.A. In Clovis: On the Edge of a New Understaning, edited by A. Smallwood and T. Jennings. Texas A&M University Press, College Station.

2014 Landscape Engineering and Organizational Complexity among Late Prehistoric Bison Hunters of the Northwestern Plains (second author with M. Zedeño, and J. Murray). Current Anthropology 55(1):23-58.


2013 Murray Springs Clovis Site National Historic Landmark Archaeological and Paleoenvironmental Condition Assessment, San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, Cochise County, Arizona (first author with J. Windingstad, H. Miljour, N. Aydin, and R. Sulkosky). Technical Report 13-14. Statistical Research, Inc., Tucson.


2011 Isotopic Paleoecology of Clovis Mammoths from Arizona (third author with Jessica Metcalfe, Fred J. Longstaffe, and C. Vance Haynes, Jr.). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108 (44): 17916-17920.


2011 Evidence for Younger Dryas Global Climate Oscillation and Human Response in the American Southwest (first author with V.T. Holliday, A.L. Kowler, W.T. Reitze, M.M. Prasciunas, D.S. Miller, and J.D. Windingstad). Quaternary International 242 (2): 502-519.


2011 Temporal Frequency Distributions of Alluvium in the American Southwest: Taphonomic, Paleohydraulic, and Demographic Implications (first author with J. Mabry). Journal of Archaeological Science 38:1314–1325.


2010 Reply to Firestone et al.: No Confirmation of Impact at the Lower Younger Dryas Boundary (LYDB) at Murray Springs, AZ (third author with C. Vance Haynes, Jr., and D. Lauretta). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107(26):E106.


2010 The Murray Springs Clovis Site, Pleistocene Extinction, and the Question of Extraterrestrial Impact (fifth author with C. Vance Haynes, Jr., J. Boerner, K. Domanik, D. Lauretta, and J. Goreva). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107(9):4010–4015.


2009 San Pedro River Valley, Southeastern Arizona. In Archaeology of America: An Encyclopedia, edited by Francis P. McManamon, Linda S. Cordell, Kent G. Lightfoot, and George R. Milner. Greenwood Press, Westport.


2007 Biface Reduction and the Measurement of Dalton Curation: A Southeastern Case Study (second author with Mi­chael Shott). American Antiquity 72:153–175.


Courses Taught

 Introduction to Archaeology, Patterns in Prehistory, Lithic Analysis

Areas of Study

Great Plains, American Southwest, Midwest


How Not to Discover the Next Mammoth Kill Campsite (Principal Investigator)

Desperation Ranch: the Cave Creek Midden Site Revisited (co-Principal Iinvestigator, with Jonathan Mabry, AAHS)

St. Mary Bridge Site Condition Assessment, Montana (geoarchaeologist, with Dr. Maria Nieves Zedeño, BARA)

Luke Solar Mitigation Project, Arizona (Sr. Project Director, lithic analyst, SRI)

Murray Springs Clovis Site Condition Assessment, Arizona (Principal Investigator, SRI)

Kutoyis Archaeological Project, Montana (co-Director with Dr. Maria Nieves Zedeño, BARA)

Arizona Paleoindian and Paleoarchaic Projectile Point Survey (Organizer) (

Research Interests

Hunter-gatherer studies (calories), Pokémon ecology (for sure), paleoenvironmental reconstruction (things change), human subsistence (food is yummy), extinctions (sad), lithic technology (anger), geochronology (time and age things), CRM/global heritage management (monuments and bullets and stuff), experimental archaeology (do what you want to do).