John Hoffecker

John Hoffecker

Keywords : Archaeology Upper Paleolithic Palaeolithic Prehistory Prehistoric Archaeology Paleolithic Archaeology Excavation Archaeological Prospection Human Evolution Paleoanthropology Chronology Environmental Archaeology Radiocarbon dating Taphonomy Landscape Archaeology Evolutionary Anthropology Physical Anthropology Bioarchaeology Osteology Human Behavioral Ecology Archaeometry Zooarchaeology Hunter-Gatherers

Country : United States

Organization : University of Colorado Boulder

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Biography :

  • Fellow of INSTAAR
  • Research Associate of the Illinois State Museum


  • PhD: University of Chicago, 1986
  • M.A.: University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 1979
  • B.A.: Yale University, 1975








Specialty: Archaeology and human paleoecology.

Research Interests

My primary research focus is the global dispersal of anatomically modern humans, which began more than 50,000 years ago in Africa.  My specific geographic focus is Eastern Europe, where I have done field and lab research since the late 1980s.  Since 2001, I have been working at open-air sites on the East European Plain, in both Russia and Ukraine, that were occupied by modern humans more than 30,000 years ago.  In 2012, I began a new field project at Mira, located on the Lower Dnepr River.  I also have worked for many years in Alaska.  Recently, my Alaskan research has addressed questions about the emergence of Inupiaq settlement and economy on the coast of NW Alaska, and in 2011 I completed the field phase of a multi-year project at Cape Espenberg (northern Seward Peninsula).


  • Outstanding Academic Title ("Human Ecology of Beringia"), Choice Book Awards, 2008
  • Honorary Professor, Russian Academy of Sciences (Institute of Material Culture History), 2005