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Anthropology Tushingham Lab


The Tushingham Archaeological Research Laboratory and Working Group investigates deep-time human-environmental relationships and the evolutionary ecology of human systems, with a focus on hunting, gathering, and fishing communities in western North America. The lab is a center for archaeological research, archaeometric experimentation, and innovation that involves field, laboratory, and legacy collection studies in collaboration with descendant communities. We employ a broad range of methodological and theoretical approaches in numerous field and laboratory projects. Some of these projects and research themes include:

  • Houses and household dynamics in the Pacific Northwest Coast and Plateau
  • WSU Archaeological Field School
  • Historical ecology of coastal habitats and fisheries use
  • Evolution of psychoactive plant use
  • Landscape archaeology, placemaking, geospatial analysis, indigenous ontogenies
  • Plants and people
  • Women, leadership, and decision-making (past and present)
  • The evolution and diversity of storage
  • Human responses to stress
  • Equity and multivocality in STEM and the dissemination of knowledge
  • Public outreach and broader impacts projects e.g., WSU Pioneers in CRM