Jarod Hutson

Jarod Hutson

Interests: zooarchaeology, taphonomy, Middle Stone Age in Southern Africa, hominid hunting vs. scavenging, origins of modern human behavior

Status: Ph.D. Candidate

MA thesis title: Taphonomy at Kalkbank: A Late Pleistocene Site in Limpopo Province, South Africa

Previous degrees: MSc (2006), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
BS (2002), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Contact information: jhutson@unr.edu

Biography: Jarod is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, focusing on zooarchaeology and taphonomy of open-air sites in southern Africa. His dissertation research includes actualistic studies of recent bone accumulations around a complex of seasonal waterholes at Ngamo Pan, located in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. A taphonomic analysis of these modern bone concentrations serves as a way to document which aspects of modern animal communities and environmental relationships can be recognized as features of potential fossil accumulations. As many Early and Middle Stone Age sites in southern Africa are located in similar settings, this research provides a basic framework to infer the level of hominid association with the faunal remains from open-air sites-whether through active hunting or scavenging from carnivore kills-and will lead to a better understanding of variability in subsistence during this important period of hominid behavioral evolution.

In addition to participating in various excavation projects in southern Africa, Jarod has been active in cultural resource management throughout Nevada, Oregon, Virginia, Maryland, and Wisconsin since 2003. Jarod is a member of the Paleoanthropology Society, Society of African Archaeologists, Society for American Archaeology, and the Register of Professional Archaeologists. During the Spring 2012 semester, Jarod will be teaching ANTH 445/645 with Dr. Gary Haynes.