Edward Jolie
Assistant Professor
Zurn 62


  • B.A., Mercyhurst College (2001)
  • M.A., University of Nevada, Reno (2004)

Courses Taught:

  • Anth 130: Archaeology
  • Anth 220: Native Americans in Contemporary Society
  • Anth 332: Perishables Analysis
  • Anth 347: Anthropological Ethics

Research Interests and Projects:

Ed’s academic interests are broad but focus primarily on the archaeology of the Americas, with particular reference to the Southwest and Great Basin culture areas, Native American-Anthropologist relations, and perishable technologies such as baskets, sandals and textiles. Questions of social identity, technological change and innovation, social learning, and cultural transmission dominate Ed’s research on perishable material culture. His dissertation research uses basketry to examine questions about social diversity in the Chaco regional system (AD 850–1140) in the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest. A secondary project, being conducted with Phil R. Geib (Univ. of New Mexico), examines the role of basketry in the shift to intensive use of small seed resources on the Colorado Plateau in the American Southwest nearly 10,000 years ago.

Of mixed-blood Oglala Lakota (Sioux) and Hodulgee Muscogee (Creek) Indian descent, Ed maintains ties to family and friends in South Dakota and Oklahoma. On the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota he has been working with friends to address emerging concerns with tribal cultural heritage management.

Recent Publications:

Benson, L. V., M. S. Berry, E. A. Jolie, J. D. Spangler, D. W. Stahle, and E. M. Hattori
2007 Possible Impacts of Early-11th-, Middle-12-, and Late-13th-Century Droughts on Western Native Americans and the Mississippian Cahokians. Quaternary Science Reviews 26(2):336-350.

Benson, L. V., E. M. Hattori, H. E. Taylor, S. Poulson, and E. A. Jolie
2006 Isotope Sourcing of Prehistoric Willow and Tule Textiles Recovered from Western Great Basin Rockshelters and Caves – Proof of Concept. Journal of Archaeological Science 33(11):1588-1599.

Edgar, Heather J. H., Edward A. Jolie, Joseph F. Powell, and Joe E. Watkins
2007 Contextual Issues in Paleoindian Repatriation: Spirit Cave Man as a Case Study. Journal of Social Archaeology 7(1):101-122.

Fowler, Don D., Edward A. Jolie, and Marion W. Salter
2008 Archaeological Ethics in Context and Practice. In Handbook of Archaeological Theories, edited by R. Alexander Bentley, Herbert D. G. Maschner, and Christopher Chippindale, pp. 409-422. AltaMira Press, Lanham, Maryland.

Geib, Phil R., and Edward A. Jolie
2008 The Role of Basketry in Early Holocene Seed Exploitation: Implications of a ca. 9,000 Year-Old Basket from Cowboy Cave, Utah. American Antiquity 73(1):83-102.
2010 Species Identification of Sporobolus (Poaceae) Seed in Ancient Human Feces from the Colorado Plateau. Journal of Archaeological Science, submitted.
2010 Early Archaic Occupation of the Colorado Plateau: A Revised Chronology for Cowboy Cave, Utah. Journal of Field Archaeology, submitted.

Jolie, Edward A.
2010 Textile Impressions from the Sheep Chute Site (LA 25860). In The MAPL Western Expansion Project, Volume 5: Analyses, edited by Peggy A. Gerow, pp. 191-194. Office of Contract Archaeology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
2010 Textile Impressions from the Upper Vermejo. In Occupying the Edge: Cultural Admixture and Adaptation on the Southern Park Plateau of Northeast New Mexico, Volume II: Upper Vermejo Artifact Studies, edited by Steven R. Mack and Cherie L. Scheick. Research Series 464. Southwest Archaeological Consultants, Santa Fe, in press.
2008 Ownership or Stewardship? Cultural Affiliation and Archaeological Ethics as Social Ethics. In Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One, edited by Heather Burke, Claire Smith, Dorothy Lippert, Joe Watkins, and Larry Zimmerman, pp. 188-202. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, California.
2006 The Technomechanics of Plains Indian Coiled Gambling Baskets. Plains Anthropologist 51(197):17-50.

Jolie, Edward A., and Ruth Burgett Jolie
2008 Hats, Baskets and Trays from Charlie Brown Cave. In The Great Basin: People and Place in Ancient Times, edited by Catherine S. Fowler and Don D. Fowler, pp. 74-77. School for Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe.

Jolie, Edward A., Thomas F. Lynch, Phil R. Geib
2010 Cordage, Textiles and the Late Pleistocene Peopling of the Andes. Current Anthropology, under review.

Jolie, Edward A., and Maxine E. McBrinn
2010 Retrieving the Perishable Past: Experimentation in Fiber Artifact Studies. In Designing Experimental Research in Archaeology: Examining Production and Use of Technology, edited by Jeffrey R. Ferguson, pp. 153-193. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.