Danielle R. Soza

About Danielle R. Soza

Danielle is an anthropological archaeologist with broad interests in hunter-gatherer complexity and territoriality. Currently, she is interested in looking at how demographic changes in nomadic communities reflect the social landscape and major events in history. She is working with the Blackfeet Nation of Montana on stone ring sites to design a research project to use these rings as an analytical tool to determine demographic patterns and ceremonial practice through time with the use of geoarchaeological methods. Danielle’s work with the Blackfeet has also brought opportunities for research in repatriation, especially as it concerns international policies, cultural revitalization, and resilience.

She is also a research associate for the Blackfoot Early Origins project headed by her advisor, Professor Maria Nieves Zedeño. For this project Danielle works with the BARA team and Blackfeet Nation in establishing Paleoindian occupation on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana and how these occupations connect with northern cultural patterns. 

Danielle maintains interest in the archaeology of the U.S. Southwest, specifically in Archaic hunter-gatherer place-making and memory practices. Her research experience in the U.S. Southwest includes northeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, and northern New Mexico.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 2018-2023

Areas of Study

North America (general), Great Plains, and the U.S. Southwest


2017-present. Blackfoot Early Origins Project.

2018 Picuris Pueblo Field School

2017-present Nomadic Archaeologies of the Northern Rio Grande (Rio Grande Gorge Project).

2015-2019. Rock Art Ranch 




Research Interests

Hunter-gatherer and nomadic archaeology; Mobility, territoriality, cultural landscapes, and social memory; Applied anthropology; Geochemistry, micromorphology; Collaborative and community-based archaeology; Lithic technology and depositional patterning; Ethnohistory and ethnography. Repatriation.

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PhD. University of Arizona (in progress)

M.A. University of Arizona (2018)

B.A. New Mexico State University (2015)