Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Lightfoot, Kent G.

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_1389

Basic Biographical Information

Dr. Kent G. Lightfoot (b. May 23, 1953) (Fig. 1) is a North American archaeologist whose research transformed the relationship between history and prehistory and who developed widely adopted practices for collaborative relationships between archaeologists and Native Americans. Kent Lightfoot was educated at Stanford University (B.A., Anthropology, 1975) and Arizona State University (M.A., Anthropology, 1977; Ph.D., Anthropology, 1981). He taught at Arizona State University (1981), Northern Illinois University (1982), and State University of New York at Stony Brook (1982–1987) before moving to the University of California, Berkeley (1987–present), where he is currently professor of Anthropology and curator of North American Archaeology at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology. He is a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences; has received over a dozen teaching awards, including the 2007 American Anthropological Association Award for Excellence in...
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  1. Cuttrell, R., C. Striplen, M.G. Hylkema & K.G. Lightfoot. 2012. A land of fire: anthropogenic burning on the central coast of California, in T.L. Jones & J.E. Perry (ed.) Contemporary issues in California archaeology. Walnut Creek (CA): Left Coast Press.Google Scholar
  2. Lightfoot, K.G. 1984. Prehistoric political dynamics: a case study from the American Southwest. DeKalb (IL): Northern Illinois University Press.Google Scholar
  3. - 1995. Culture contact studies: redefining the relationship between prehistoric and historical archaeology. American Antiquity 60: 199-217.Google Scholar
  4. - 2005. Indians, missionaries, and merchants: the legacy of colonial encounters on the California frontiers. Berkeley (CA): University of California Press.Google Scholar
  5. - 2006. Rethinking archaeological field methods. News from Native California 19: 21-4.Google Scholar
  6. - 2011. Mounded landscapes of central California, in K.E. Sassaman & D.H. Holly (ed.) Hunter-gatherer archaeology as historical process: 55-78. Tucson (AZ): University of Arizona Press.Google Scholar
  7. Lightfoot, K.G. & O. Parrish. 2009. California Indians and their environment: an introduction. Berkeley: University of California Press.Google Scholar
  8. Lightfoot, K.G., A. Martinez & A.M. Schiff. 1998. Daily practice and material culture in pluralistic social settings: an archaeological study of culture change and persistence from Fort Ross, California. American Antiquity 63: 199-222.Google Scholar

Further Reading

  1. Lightfoot, K.G. 1986. Regional surveys in the eastern United States: the strengths and weaknesses of implementing subsurface testing programs. American Antiquity 51: 484-504.Google Scholar
  2. - 1993. Long-term developments in complex hunter-gatherer societies: recent perspectives from the Pacific Coast of North America. Journal of Archaeological Research 1: 167-201.Google Scholar
  3. - 1995. Frontiers and boundaries in archaeological perspective. Annual Review of Anthropology 24: 471-92.Google Scholar
  4. - 1997. Cultural construction of coastal landscapes: a middle Holocene perspective from San Francisco Bay, in J.M. Erlandson & M.A. Glassow (ed.) Archaeology of the California coast during the middle Holocene: 129-41. Los Angeles: Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.Google Scholar
  5. - 2002. Late Holocene in the San Francisco Bay area: temporal trends in the use and abandonment of shell mounds in the East Bay, in J. Erlandson & T. Jones (ed.) Catalysts to complexity: late Holocene societies of the California Coast: 263-81. Los Angeles: Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.Google Scholar
  6. - 2005a. The archaeology of colonization: California in cross-cultural perspective, in G. Stein (ed.) The archaeology of colonial encounters: comparative perspectives: 207-35. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press.Google Scholar
  7. - 2005b. Archaeology and Indians: thawing an icy relationship. News from Native California 19: 37-9.Google Scholar
  8. - 2008. Collaborative research programs: implications for the practice of North American archaeology, in S.W. Silliman (ed.) Collaborating at the trowel’s edge: teaching and learning in indigenous archaeology: 211-27. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.Google Scholar
  9. Lightfoot, K.G., T. Wake & A. Schiff. 1993. Native responses to the Russian mercantile colony of Ross, northern California. Journal of Field Archaeology 20: 159-75.Google Scholar
  10. Upham, S., K.G. Lightfoot & R. Jewett. (ed.) 1989. The sociopolitical structure of prehistoric southwestern societies. Boulder (CO): Westview Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyStanford UniversityStanfordUSA