Danielle R. Soza

About Danielle R. Soza

Danielle is an anthropological archaeologist and PhD student interested in hunter-gatherer mobility patterns and place-making in the U.S. Southwest and Plains through surface artifacts. 

Her work is primarily centered around her ongoing research on the Southern Colorado Plateau looking at place persistence for residentially mobile communities on an arid landscape. Using projectile point typology and spatial context, this research aims to broaden the literature on surface evidence of place-making and social memory of early hunter-gatherer groups and how place is maintained and transformed.

She is also currently working with the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) on the Blackfoot Early Origins Project. This is a collaborative project working with and for the Blackfeet Tribe on an Archaic bison hunting encampment in northern Montana. Current research with this project looks at the social implications of the flintknapping locations by analyzing the spatial relationships of tool reduction areas and material type. Furthermore, she participates in the larger research goals of exploring the early peopling of the Americas through Paleoindian deposits in early components of the encampment.  

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 2018-2023

Areas of Study

North America (general)


2018 Picuris Pueblo Field School. Graduate Assistant. Taos, NM

2017-present. Blackfoot Early Origins Project (BARA): Graduate Assistant. Browning, MT.

2017 Rio Grande Gorge Project. Graduate Assistant. Dixon, NM.

2015-2018. Rock Art Ranch Project/Field School (ASM). Crew Chief. Winslow, AZ.

Research Interests

Mobility, cultural landscapes, place-making, and social memory; Archaeology of ritual and religion; Object agency and materiality; Lithic technology and depositional patterning; Hunter-gatherer archaeology; Applied anthropology; Collaborative and community-based archaeology. 

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Contact Information

Graduate Assistant
Office: Emil W. Haury Building Rm 316


M.A. University of Arizona (2018)

B.A. New Mexico State University (2015)