David Hyland


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(814) 824-2177

Dr. Hyland's research is concentrated in the field of archaeology/anthropology. He is currently working on an examination of the role of rope and cordage as a tool in prehistoric and historic contexts. He also undertakes immunological research into the identity of blood residues adherent to prehistoric artifacts.



Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (1997)
B.A., University of Cincinnati (1984)

Favorite course in college:

My favorite class in college was a course on evolution taught by Dr. Barry Valentine at Ohio State University. I thought it was just the most fascinating topic ever and was amazed by all of the genetic processes involved.

Courses taught:

  • Bio 120 Human Biology
  • Bio 130 Functional Human Biology
  • Bio 216 Plants and People
  • Bio 320 Comparative Anatomy
  • Bio 334 Human Anatomy
  • Anth 244 Archaeological Lab Methods
  • Anth 310 Origins of Food Production
  • Anth 332 Perishables Analysis
  • Anth 340 Principles of Evolution
  • Anth 336 History of Anthropological Theory

Teaching and research interests:

Adaptation to extreme environments
Prehistoric protein residue
Perishable artifact analysis
Anthropological theory
Archaeology of Central Asia


Select publications and presentations:

Perishables and Pioneer Populations in the Americas. Presented at the seminar, “Weaving Culture in British North America,” Annual Textile Seminar of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), Old Salem, North Carolina, 11–14 March 2009.

Perishable Fiber Artifacts and Paleoindians: New Implications. Presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia, 26–30 March 2008.

Theories of Culture Examined Via the Medium of Art. Presented at the International Symposium on the Arts in Society, New York, New York, 23–25 February 2007.

"Textiles and Cordage," in Pavlov I - Southeast: A Window into Gravettian Lifestyles (The Dolní Vestonice Studies, vol. 14, Institute of Archaeology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno, Czech Republic, 2005).

Corn, cucurbits, cordage, and colonization: An absolute chronology for the appearance of mesoamerican domesticates and perishables in the Jornada Basin, New Mexico. 2005, North American Archaeologist, 26, 147-164.

Perishable industries from NAN Ranch Ruin, New Mexico: A unique window into Mimbreño fiber technology. 2005, North American Archaeologist, 26, 165-208.

"Perishable Technology from the Hiscock Site," in The Hiscock Site: Late Pleistocene and Holocene Paleoecology and Archaeology of Western New York State (Volume 37, Bulletin of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, Buffalo, NY, 2003).

"The Perishable Artifacts," in Pendejo Cave (University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2003).

"Biomolecular Analysis of Collagenous Tissue," in Windover: Multidisciplinary Investigations of an Early Archaic Florida Cemetery (University Press of Florida, Gainesville, 2002).