Robert J Jeske

Robert J. Jeske


Office: Sabin 275B
Phone: (414) 229-4175


Ph.D., Northwestern University

Research Narrative:

My research interests include archaeological method and theory, the economics of stone tool production and use, survey methods and settlement models, mortuary studies and experimental archaeology geared towards site formation processes. I have performed fieldwork in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Mexico, and Ireland. I am currently collaborating on a number of interrelated projects with colleagues and students using radiocarbon, lithic, ceramic, osteological, and environmental data to clarify the culture chronology and lifeways of Paleoindian, Archaic, Woodland and Contact periods in southeastern Wisconsin. I am also involved in public archaeology and historic preservation, and have worked with government, non-profit, Tribal, and private organizations to use archaeology to serve the public interest.

Other Relevant Activities:

Running, racquetball, gardening, greyhounds, sumo wrestling, snipe hunting.

Courses Taught:

Anthro 103: Digging Up the Past: Approaches to Archaeology

Anthro 304: Violence and Warfare in Prehistory (online)
Anthro 308: Archaeology of North America
Anthro 501: Archaeology of Death
Anthro 562: Techniques and Problems in Archaeology
Anthro 566: Archaeological Analysis and Report Preparation
Anthro 567: Archaeological Field School
Anthro 802: Perspectives on Prehistory
Anthro 942: Seminar on Prehistory and Archaeology (Lithic Analysis)

Selected Publications:

2012. (Hart, John P., William B. Lovis, Robert J. Jeske and John D. Richards) The Potential of Bulk δ13C on Encrusted Cooking Residues as Independent Evidence for Regional Maize Histories. American Antiquity 77:315-325

2010. Heat Treatment. Jeske, Robert J., Daniel M. Winkler and Dustin Blodgett. In Designing Experimental Research in Archaeology, edited by Jeffrey R. Fergusen, pp. 150-171. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

2008. The Clovis Occupation of the Schmeling Site (47je833) in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, Robert J. Jeske and Daniel M. Winkler. Current Research in the Pleistocene 25: 99-102.

2006. Hopewell Regional Interactions in Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois: A Core/Periphery Approach. In Douglas K. Charles and Jane E. Buikstra (eds), Recreating Hopewell, pp. 285-309. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

2006. Analogic Reasoning, Ethnoarchaeology, and the Impact of Canines on the Archaeological Record, Kuznar, Lawrence and Robert J. Jeske. In Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association 16(1): 37-46.

2003. Theory, Method, and Technique in Modern Archaeology. Robert J. Jeske and Douglas K. Charles. Preager Press, Westport.

2003. Langford and Fisher Ceramic Traditions: Moiety, Ethnicity or Power Relations in the Upper Midwest? Essays in Honor of Robert H. Hall, John D. Richards and Melvin Fowler (eds). Wisconsin Archaeologist 83(1-2), 65-180.

2002. Location, Location, Location: The Temporal and Cultural Contexts of Late Prehistoric Settlement in Southeast Wisconsin, John D. Richards and Robert J. Jeske. Wisconsin Archeologist 82(2): 32-54.

2002. The Langford Occupation at the LaSalle County Home Site in the Upper Illinois River Valley Wisconsin Archeologist 28(1): 78-122.

2001. Canine Digging Behavior and Archaeological Implications, R. J. Jeske and L. A. Kuznar, Journal of Field Archaeology 28(3/4): 383-394.

1993. The Archaeological Visibility of Bipolar Technology: An Example from the Koster Site, R. Jeske and R. Lurie, MidContinental Journal of Archaeology 18(2): 131-160.

1992. Energetic Efficiency and Lithic Technology: An Upper Mississippian Example. American Antiquity 57: 467-481.

1989. Economies in Lithic Use among Prehistoric Hunter-gatherers. In Robin Torrence (ed), Time, Energy and Stone Tools, pp. 34-45. Cambridge University Press.