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Timothy Pauketat

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Contact Information

209 Nuclear Physics Building
23 E. Stadium Drive
Champaign, ILLINOIS 61820
Director of ISAS (Illinois State Archaeology Survey)


Ph.D. 1991, Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (UM)
M.A. 1986, Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIU-C)
B.S. 1983, Anthropology and Earth Science, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIU-E)

academic interests

Dr. Pauketat is an archaeologist interested in the broad relationships between history and humanity, materiality and agency, affect and ontology, and religion and urbanism. His focus is on North America, and his concerns range from local historical ones, particularly in the central Mississippi valley, to pan-American and big-historical ones, especially as they involve Mesoamerican-Southwestern-Mississippi valley connections. He has conducted most of his field research at and around the American Indian city of Cahokia or related complexes, having held posts at the University of Oklahoma, the State University of New York (Buffalo) and the University of Illinois.

His general research interests are materiality, affect and agency; religion and ontologies; cities and landscapes; global medievalism; climate change; North American archaeology; Woodland and Mississippian cultures; indigenous Prairie-Plains history; pottery.

selected publications


2020 The Archaeology of Ancient North America. Edited by T. Pauketat and K. Sassaman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2019 New Materialisms Ancient Urbanisms. Edited by S. Alt and T. Pauketat. London: Routledge.

2018 Archaeology and Ancient Religion in the North American Midcontinent. Edited by B. Koldehoff and T. Pauketat. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

2015 Medieval Mississippians: The Cahokian World. Edited by T. Pauketat and S. Alt. Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research Press.

2013 An Archaeology of the Cosmos: Rethinking Agency and Religion in Ancient America. London: Routledge.

2013 Big Histories, Human Lives: Tackling Problems of Scale in Archaeology. Edited by J. Robb and T. Pauketat. Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research Press.

2012 The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology. Edited by T. Pauketat. Oxford Oxford University Press.

2009 Pauketat, Timothy R. Cahokia: Ancient America’s Great City on the Mississippi. New York: Viking-Penguin.

2007 Pauketat, Timothy R. Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions.. Lanham, Maryland: AltaMira Press.

2005 North American Archaeology. Edited by T. Pauketat and D. Loren. Oxford: Blackwell.

2004 Ancient Cahokia and the Mississippians. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2001 The Archaeology of Traditions: Agency and History Before and After Columbus. Edited by T. Pauketat. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

1997 Cahokia: Domination and Ideology in the Mississippian World. Edited by T. Pauketat and T. Emerson. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

1994 The Ascent of Chiefs: Cahokia and Mississippian Politics in Native North America. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

1992 Lords of the Southeast: Social Inequality and the Native Elites of Southeastern North America. Edited by A. Barker and T. Pauketat. Washington, DC: American Anthropological Association.