Lewis Borck

About Lewis Borck

I graduated with a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology at the University of Arizona’s School of Anthropology in Spring 2016. I am currently a Postdoctoral Preservation Fellow at Archaeology Southwest. I study the material culture of past peoples in the U.S. Southwest and focus on examining how social movements shaped religion and politics through time. I study these movements using social and spatial analyses that draw on a wide range of data, although I've found ceramic and architecture to be particularly useful. I am interested in combining theories on decentralized social organization with standard archaeological, historical, and anthropological theories of historical change. I have applied these theoretical and methodological interests to the Gallina region of the prehispanic North American Southwest to understand issues of violence as well as resistance to the increasingly hierarchical religious and political situation in the late Chaco landscape and throughout the Mesa Verde region. I also apply my interests in the Hohokam region in the southern Southwest by examining how and why the spread of ideologies (specifically that associated with the spread of Salado polychrome ceramics) is truncated.

I have worked in the American Southwest since 2006. While my archaeological fieldwork has landed me in a range of amazing places, from historic slaughterhouses in Wisconsin to agricultural fields and copper smelting furnaces in Peru's northern deserts, I've always ended up back in the dust and the sunsets of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts.

To learn more about me or my research, please go to http://lewisborck.com/ or http://arizona.academia.edu/LewisBorck

Courses Taught

  • Anth 160A - Patterns in Prehistory
  • Anth 160D - The Origins of Human Diversity
  • Anth/AIS 346 - From Clovis to Coronado: Ancient Peoples of the Southwest
  • Anth/AIS 346 - From Clovis to Coronado: Ancient Peoples of the Southwest (online)
  • Anth 407 - Ethnographic Field Methods
  • Anth 412 - Application of Geographic Information Systems to Cultura Anthropology
  • Anth 455B/555B - Field Training in Archaeology - Excavation and Survey Techniques
  • Anth 455A/555A - Field Training in Archaeology - Lab Techniques




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Office: Archaeology Southwest