Samuel Duwe

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2011
B.A. University of Michigan, 2003

2016 Archaeological Field School

The summer field school will take place in Abiquiu, NM from May 22 - June 25. We are now accepting applications. For more information please visit the project website.

Research Interests

  • Archaeology and ethnography of the American Southwest
  • Landscape and human-environment interactions
  • Water rights and indigenous archaeologies
  • Cosmology and religion
  • Ceramic analysis
  • Archaeometry
  • Public education and archaeology


My interests focus on integrating archaeology, oral history, and ethnography to understand the development of worldview and society. Since 2000, I have collaborated with and studied the history of the Pueblo people of the American Southwest, particularly the Tewa Pueblos of northern New Mexico. My current research uses landscape survey, architectural mapping, GIS, ceramic analysis, population modeling, dendrochronology, and ethnography to explore the roots of contemporary Tewa worldview and identity, which were created between A.D. 1200-1750 in the northern Rio Grande region between the modern cities of Santa Fe and Taos.

My research projects also attempt to integrate undergraduate and graduate students, as well as public and Native American outreach. Prior to work in New Mexico, I conducted survey and excavation in northern Arizona, as well as eastern Europe. 

Selected Publications

2016 (with B. Sunday Eilselt, J. Andrew Darling, Mark D. Willis, and Chester Walker) The Pueblo Decomposition Model: A Method for Quantifying Architectural Rubble to Estimate Population Size. Journal of Archaeological Science 16:20-31.

2013 (with Kurt F. Anschuetz) Ecological Uncertainty and Organizational Flexibility on the Prehispanic Tewa Landscape: Notes from the Northern Frontier. In Mountain and Valley: Understanding Past Land Use in the Northern Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico, edited by Bradley J. Vierra, pp. 95-112. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

2011 The Prehispanic Tewa World: Space, Time, and Becoming in the Pueblo Southwest. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, School of Anthropology, The University of Arizona, Tucson.

2009 Making Villages out of Adobe Hills: Micro-Topographic Mapping of Ancestral Tewa Sites in the Tewa Basin, New Mexico. In Between the Mountains, Beyond the Mountains: Papers in Honor of Paul R.Williams, edited by Emily J. Brown, pp. 49-56. Papers of the Archaeological Society of New Mexico, No.35. Archaeological Society of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

2007 (with Hector Neff) Glaze Pigment Analyses of Pueblo IV Period Ceramics from East-central Arizona using Time-of-Flight Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (TOF-LA-ICP-MS)Journal of Archaeological Science 34(3):404-414.

2007 (with Severin M. Fowles, Leah Minc, and David V. Hill) Clay, Conflict, and Village Aggregation: Compositional Analyses of Pre-Classic Pottery from Taos, New MexicoAmerican Antiquity 72:125-152.

Contact Information

Office: Dale Hall Tower 509
Phone: (405) 325-2519
Website: profile