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Matthew J. Rowe

Selected Publications

Rowe, Matthew J., Finley, Judson B., Baldwin, Elizanbeth A.

2017    Accountability or merely “good words”? An analysis of tribal consultation under   the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. Accepted for publication in The Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy

Rowe, Matthew J., Finley, Judson B., Baldwin, Elizabeth A., DeMinck, Rashail

2017   Tribal Consultation and Collaborative Governance: Environmental and Cultural Justice through the Lens of the National Environmental Policy Act (1969) and the National Historic Preservation Act (1966). Presented at Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene, April 24-25, Ft. Collins Colorado. Available online in the Colorado State University EJ Symposium Proceedings:

Herrmann, Edward W., Nathan, Rebecca A., Rowe, Matthew J., McCleary, Timothy P.

2017    Bacheeishdiio/Place Where Men Pack Meat. American Antiquity (82:1).

Rowe, Matthew J.

2016     Book Review: The Casper Site: A Hell Gap Bison Kill on the High Plains.  Plains Anthropologist. 61:275-277

Rowe, Matthew J., Finley, Judson B., Branam, Kelly M.

2014     Putting America's Archaeological Resources to Work: Three Tangible Benefits of Archaeological Preservation at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.  SAA Archaeological Record. Novemeber 2014

Rowe, Matthew J.

2014     Late paleoindian rockshelter use through changing environmental conditions in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming: Integrated perspectives from zooarchaeology and geoarchaeology.  Indiana University

Scheiber, Laura L. and Rowe, Matthew J.

2008     Little River Site (14RC410) Fauna. Archaeological Investigation on a Portion of 14RC410, Rice County, Kansas: The Little River Archaeology Project. Roper, Donna C. (editor). Report to the city of Little River. Coronadoi-Quivira Museum. Lyons, Kansas.

Courses Taught

ANTH472: Zooarchaeology and Taphonomy: Laboratory Methods, Fall 2017

ANTH 332: Environmental Archaeology, Spring 2017

ANTH160 D2: Origins of Human Diversity, Fall 2015-Fall 2017

ANTH160 A1: Patterns in Prehistory, Fall 2015/Spring 2016/Fall 2016 

Areas of Study

Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, South Central Montana, Rocky Mountains and the High Plains


For the past 3 years I have been the co-director and project zooarchaeologist for the Grapevine Creek District Nomination Project and Tribal Training Program, working in collaboration with the Crow Tribe and Indiana University. We combined field research goals with tribal training and capacity building into a successful field project investigating the Grapevine Creek bison hunting complex. Over three field seasons, we documented sites and architecture associated with the hunting complex and identified several intact bison bone-beds.

Research Interests

I am primarily interested in past human-environment interactions revealed through archaeological faunal remains. Zooarchaeological assemblages are unique because they incorporate human decision making, cultural approaches to food and animals, and broader environmental conditions. I am also interested in cultural preservation and archaeological pedagogy. I have run field schools in collaboration with the Crow Tribe of Montana and I am greatly interested in helping build cultural resource management capacity among native tribes.

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Contact Information


Indiana University, PhD Anthropology

Indiana University, MA Anthropology

University of Southern Maine, BA Geography/Anthropology



Dissertation Title

Late paleoindian rockshelter use through changing environmental conditions in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming: integrated perspectives from zooarchaeology and geoarchaeology

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