Jean Hudson

Jean Hudson

Associate Professor

Office: Sabin 225
Phone: (414) 229-4175
Web Site:


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1990

Research Narrative:

My research concerns human ecology, past and present, as viewed through the lens of anthropology. Methodologically I use archaeology and ethnoarchaeology, with a special focus on the analysis of ancient animal (zooarchaeological) remains. My research uses a comparative approach, emphasizing societies dependent on fishing and hunting and active for some period of time during the last 10,000 years. Themes of special interest are ecological sustainability and social transitions from more egalitarian to less egalitarian political systems. My publications explore quantitative methods of data analysis, integrating them with qualitative attention to social motivations in human decision-making; case studies include prehistoric groups in North and South American and modern groups in Africa and South America.

Other Relevant Activities:

Manage the Zooarchaeology Laboratory at UWM; coordinate the department's Experimental Archaeology Working Group (EAWG); periodically lead UWM study abroad program to Peru (archaeological focus)

Courses Taught:

Anthro 103: Approaches to Archaeology - Syllabus (pdf 10kb)
Anthro 193: Freshman Seminar: Egalitarian Societies
Anthro 307: World Archaeology: Foundations of Civilization
Anthro 309: Archaeology of Central and South America
Anthro 425: Hunter-Gatherer Lifeways, Past and Present
Anthro 448: Cultural and Human Ecology
Anthro 497: Study Abroad: Peru Past and Present: Archaeological Perspectives
Anthro 525: Zooarchaeology: Analysis of Faunal Remains - Syllabus (pdf 11kb)
Anthro 942: Seminar: Prehistory and Archaeology: Social Models for Small Scale Societies

Selected Publications:

2011. Pacific Ocean Fishing Traditions: Subsistence, Beliefs, Ecology, and Households. In Ethnozooarchaeology, edited by Umberto Albarella & Angela Trentacoste, Oxbow Press, Oxford.

2007. Update on Wisconsin’s Silver Beach Elk Site (47BA526). Current Research in the Pleistocene 24: 104-106.

2007. Faunal Evidence for Subsistence and Settlement Patterns at the Allen Site. In The Allen Site: A Paleoindian Camp in Southwestern Nebraska, edited by Doug Bamforth. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.

2007. Prehistoric Elk in Wisconsin – Two Recent Cases; Updates on the Silver Beach Elk site (Bayfield County) and The Moeller Pond Elk (Waukesha County). The Wisconsin Archaeologist 88(1): 97.

2006. Elk Skeleton Associated with Fluted Point in Northern Wisconsin. Current Research in the Pleistocene 23: 117-119.

2005. Intrasite Spatial Analysis, Ethnoarchaeology, and Paleoindian Land-Use on the Great Plains: the Allen Site, third author with Doug Bamforth and Mark Becker. American Antiquity 70 (3): 561-580.

2004. A Sample of Animal Bone from Aztalan, 47JE1, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Archaeologist 85(2).

2004. Additional Evidence for Gourd Floats on Fishing Nets. American Antiquity 69(3): 586-587.

1993. From Bones to Behavior; Ethnoarchaeological and Experimental Contributions to the Interpretation of Faunal Remains. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Carbondale, Illinois.

1991. Nonselective Small Game Hunting Strategies: An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Aka Pygmy Sites. In Human Predators and Prey Mortality, Mary Stiner (eds). Westview Press, Boulder.

1990. Spatial Analysis of Faunal Remains in Hunter-Gatherer Camps. In Etnoarqueologia Coloquio Bosch-Gimpera, edited by Y. Sugiura and M. Serra. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.