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Mark Warner

Mark Warner

Professor, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies


Phinney Hall 210



Mailing Address

Department of Sociology & Anthropology
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 1110
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1110

Mark Warner is an historical archaeologist who has worked in many parts of the U.S. His principal interests lie in zooarchaeolgy/foodways and the archaeology of the disenfranchised.

  • Ph.D., Anthropology University of Virginia, 1998
  • M.A., Applied Anthropology, University of Maryland, 1990

Mark Warner is an historical archaeologist with over 20 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 excavated in Boise on the former location of a long-time African-American family, 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.

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.

  • 2012 - Present: Public archaeology in Boise: Multiple excavations in Boise, Idaho.
    • 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, Idaho, 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, Okla.
  • 2003 - 2004: 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.)

  • 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

Sociology & Anthropology

Physical Address:
101 Phinney Hall

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

Phone: 208-885-6751

Fax: 208-885-2034


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