Danielle R. Soza

About Danielle R. Soza

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

Her work is primarly centered around her ongoing research at Rock Art Ranch, located near Winslow, Arizona, looking at the non-projectile uses of projectile points. This research aims to broaden the literature on surface expressions of place-making and social memory of early hunter-gatherer groups and how this memory is both maintained and changes through time.

She is also currently working with the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) on the Blackfoot Early Origins Project, 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.  


Areas of Study

North America (general)


Picuris Pueblo Field School: 2018

Blackfoot Early Origins Project (BARA): 2017-present

Rock Art Ranch Project (ASM): 2015-2018

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. Paleoindian and Archaic archaeology; Applied 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)