Contact & Location


The Department of
Sociology & Anthropology

Physical Address:
Phinney Hall 101
PHONE: (208) 885-6751
FAX: (208) 885-2034
E-MAIL: socanth@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of
Sociology & Anthropology
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1110
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

Mark Warner

Mark Warner

Office: Archie Phinney Hall Room 210
Phone: (208) 885-5954
Email: mwarner@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Sociology & Anthropology- University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1110
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1110

Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Associate Professor and Department Chair

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1998

  • Biography

    Mark Warner is an historical archaeologist with over twenty years of experience in archaeology.  He has worked in many parts of the U.S. and conducted major excavations in Maryland, Oklahoma (in collaboration with the Miami Nation) and in the Inland Northwest.  He recently completed work on the Sandpoint Archaeology Project, an extensive archaeological and historical study of the early settlement of Sandpoint, Idaho and the largest excavation in the history of the state of Idaho. His research interests include zooarchaeology, foodways and archaeologies of inequalities.  In 2015 he will be excavating in Boise on the former location of a long-time African-American family, this is the third in a series of public archaeology projects he has conducted in Boise.

    When not obsessing over various archaeology-related topics Warner is fixating on the current state of Detroit’s professional sports teams and the well-being of Michigan athletics in general. He is originally from Michigan and is married to Amy Grey. They have two children, Tom and Sam.

  • Selected Publications
    Books and other major projects:

    Eating in the Side Room: Food, Archaeology and African American Identity. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (2015).

    The Other Side of Sandpoint: Early History and Archaeology Beside the Tracks Robert M. Weaver, James C. Bard and Mark S. Warner, Principal investigators (Four volume report on excavations)

    Living in Cities’ Revisited: Trends in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Urban Archaeology. Mark S. Warner and Paul R. Mullins, eds. thematic issue of Historical Archaeology. 42 (1) 2008.

    Annapolis Pasts: An Historical Archaeology of Annapolis, Maryland. Paul A. Shackel, Paul R. Mullins, and Mark S. Warner, eds., University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, Tennessee. 1998

    Selected Articles:

    Deceptive Content—Unexpected Materials in Historical Bottles. Ray von Wandruszka, Mark Warner, Tara Summer, Elizabeth Harman, Sidney Hunter. Historical Archaeology Technical Briefs 2015

    Public Archaeologies in the West: A Case Study from Boise, Idaho. Mark Warner, Tracy Schwartz, Stacey Camp, Jessica Goodwin, Amanda Bielmann, Tim Mace. Journal of Northwest Anthropology 48(2): 213-234. 2014.

    Chemical Identification of Materials Recovered from an Archaeological Excavation in Sandpoint, Idaho. Michael A. Spinner, Adeline M. Lustig, Mark Warner, Ray von Wandruska. Journal of the Idaho Academy of Science 47(1):29-53. 2011.

    Why I Gave Away My American Antiquity: Some Thoughts on the Relationship Between Historical Archaeologists and American Antiquity. The SAA Archaeological Record 2009 9(2): 6-7.

    Cats here, cats there, cats and kittens everywhere” (but not in Cincinnati): An Urban Extermination. In Living in Cities’ Revisited: Trends in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Urban Archaeology. Mark S. Warner and Paul R. Mullins, eds. thematic issue of Historical Archaeology. 42(1): 11-25, 2008.

  • Research Projects

    2012-Present: Public archaeology in Boise. Multiple excavations in Boise, ID. 2012-Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga Boarding House, 2014-Ft. Boise Surgeon’s Quarters, 2015-Erma Hayman House and surrounding neighborhood

    2007- 2013 Sandpoint Archaeology Project, Excavation of multiple areas in Sandpoint Idaho, exploring the early history of the settlement of the region, collaboration with SWCA Environmental Consultants and EHC Inc. Excavations in Sandpoint, ID, analysis in multiple locations.

    1997- Present collaboration with the Miami Nation. Ongoing relationship with the Miami, resulting in multiple field projects of the past 15 years. Miami, OK

    2003-04 Nora Creek Excavations, Excavation of an historical farmstead near Troy Idaho.

    1988 - 1998 Archaeology in Annapolis, Ongoing archaeology project exploring the many histories of a colonial town. Annapolis, MD)

  • Outreach Projects
    • 20 years of collaboration with the Miami Nation
    • 15 years of active service in a variety of contexts associated with the Society for Historical Archaeology