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Jelmer W Eerkens

Jelmer W Eerkens

Professor, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001

306 Young Hall Department of Anthropology
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616, USA

Telephone: (530) 752-1348
Fax: (530) 752-8885
Office: 306 Young Hall

Office Phone: (530) 752-1348

Office Hours for Winter 2016 :

  • Monday and Wednesday 2-3pm, or by appointment


  1. I recieved a B.S. in Computer Science in 1992 from UC Davis, and an M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2001) in archaeology from UC Santa Barbara. During my graduate training I spent one semester at the University of Missouri at the Research Reactor (MURR) and two semesters at the University of Calgary as a visiting researcher. Prior to coming (back) to UC Davis I served as Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach.


Research Interests

My fieldwork has centered on the deserts of California and Nevada, though I have also worked in Northwest Europe and Peru. I am particularly interested in how hunter-gatherers adapt to different social and environmental conditions and how these adaptations affect land tenure practices, resource extraction, and the adoption and modification of various technologies, especially ceramics and stone-tools. Much of this research has incorporated various archaeometric applications such as Gas Chromatography, Electron Microprobe, Neutron Activation, and more recently Stable Isotopes. As well, I have been interested in applying evolutionary models to better understand the changes we in see in the archaeological record, especially ideas from cultural transmission theory.

Recent Publications

See my Personal Homepage for a list of all my publications, including abstracts and PDF's.