Michael G. Delacorte, Ph.D.                 delacorte@csus.edu


B.A. / 1979 / Anthropology / New York University

M.A. / 1985 / Anthropology / University of California, Davis

Ph.D. / 1990 / Anthropology / University of California, Davis


Dr. Michael Delacorte serves as a professor of anthropology at CSUS and Co-Director of the ARC. He brings more than thirty years of experience in California/Great Basin archaeology to these endeavors, specializing in hunter-gatherer studies, archaeological method and theory, Indians of North America, cultural and evolutionary ecology, preindustrial technology, paleoethnobotany, and archaeological field and laboratory techniques.  His research has focused primarily on hunter-gatherer population migrations, settlement and subsistence studies, acculturation, and technological organization.


Dr. Delacorte’s doctoral research was on the prehistory of Deep Springs Valley in the high desert of eastern California, a region where he has continued to work since that time.  This includes no less than ten major projects and long-term research in the Owens Valley adjacent to Deep Springs, where Dr. Delacorte has been instrumental in revising our understanding of late prehistoric settlement and land-use patterns.


Prior to his arrival at CSUS, Dr. Delacorte taught at Deep Springs College, the University of California, Davis, and worked as an archaeological consultant throughout the Great Basin and northern California.  Among the larger projects where he served as  Principal Investigator were the Tuscarora Gas Transmission Pipeline that entailed work at more than 200 prehistoric sites in the northwestern Great Basin and the Cortez Cumulative Effects Survey, a probabilistic sample inventory of a nearly 500 square mile area in central Nevada.


Since arriving at ARC, Dr. Delacorte has continued to work in Owens Valley and adjacent areas of the Great Basin, as well as various parts of northern California.  For the past ten years he has supervised archaeological studies for the relicensing of Lake Oroville along the Feather River drainage in Butte county, including the inventory of more than 15,500 acres and evaluation protocols for over 400 prehistoric sites.


Dr. Delacorte is widely published, his work appearing in such publications as American Antiquity, The Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, Journal of Anthropological Research, Nevada State Museum Anthropological Papers, and a number of edited festschrifts and other volumes.

Nathan E. Stevens, Ph.D.                 nathan.stevens@csus.edu


B.A. / 1995 / Anthropology / University of California, Davis

M.A. / 2002/ Anthropology / California State University, Sacramento

Ph.D. / 2012 / Anthropology / University of California, Davis


Dr. Nathan Stevens serves as an assistant professor of anthropology at CSUS and Co-Director of the ARC. He has worked in both academic settings and archaeology for environmental compliance while employed by universities, government agencies, and the private sector. He has completed archaeological investigations throughout California for a variety of clients including the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, the California Department of Transportation, the California National Guard, and California State Parks.


Dr. Stevens received his Master’s degree in anthropology from Sacramento State University in 2002 and his Ph.D. degree in anthropology from University of California, Davis in 2012. His research interests include the prehistory of California and the Great Basin, evolutionary ecology, technology, subsistence, and cultural evolution. His methodological interests include lithic analysis, obsidian studies, paleoethnobotany, and quantitative analysis. Overall, his research seeks to understand how Native Americans of western North America made a living, and how their 13,000-year-plus tenure on the land can help address larger questions dealing with human adaptations worldwide, including current challenges we face living among each other and amid a changing climate.


In addition to writing numerous technical reports, Dr. Stevens’ publications include papers in a Cambridge University Press edited volume, the Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, and California Archaeology.

Mark E. Basgall, Ph.D.                               mbasgall@csus.edu


B.S. / 1978 / Anthropology/University of California, Davis

M.A. / 1980 / Anthropology/University of California, Davis

Ph.D. / 1993 / Anthropology/University of California, Davis


Dr. Mark E. Basgall founded the ARC and served as Director for its first 20 years. Currently, he serves as Principal Investigator, where he assumes a primary research role for a variety of projects. This work extends to the Mojave Desert, eastern and western Sierra Nevada, Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, Central Coast, North San Francisco Bay, and the North Coast Ranges.  Basgall himself has been engaged in archaeological research and management studies in California and the western Great Basin for over 30 years, much of this work focused on hunter-gatherer adaptations to arid environments.  His dissertation research dealt with early Holocene archaeology of the northern Mojave Desert, where he served as Principal Investigator of the Fort Irwin archaeological project for 10 years.  After completing the Irwin program, Basgall shifted attention to interior Australia, researching long-term changes in stone tool assemblages of the Willandra Lakes region B an area of extensive dry lakes not unlike the Mojave.  He has since turned attention to culture history in the western and southern Mojave Desert, directing important projects at Edwards Air Force Base, NAWS China Lake, and the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms.  The ARC has by now surveyed well over 15,000 acres and excavated more than 60 prehistoric sites at MCAGCC.


This desert research has been complemented with ongoing projects in the Eastern Sierra, where ARC has conducted a series of important evaluation and data recovery projects associated with the Highway US 395 corridor.  Ongoing efforts involve late prehistoric deposits in the Manzanar-Independence area and middle Archaic settlements north of Bishop.  These major excavations stand to significantly alter current perspectives on the trajectory of culture history in the Inyo-Mono region and the processes responsible for shaping the archaeological record.


In recent years, Basgall has also rekindled an earlier interest in the prehistory of the North Coast Ranges, building on early work done in preparation for constructing Lake Sonoma (Warm Springs Dam).  The ARC has conducted evaluations at several important sites in Marin County along the US 101 corridor, and is currently completing reports on a previous Caltrans testing effort in Knights Valley as well as a major data recovery excavation near Duhig Road in Napa County.  This last locality (NAP-189/H) has an intensive occupation record spanning the last 5000 years.


Basgall's research continues to focus on the articulation of subsistence-settlement strategies and technological organization, looking for cost-effective ways to use artifactual residues to measure patterns of residential stability and group composition empirically.  He also explores issues of scaling in archaeological research, recognizing that some problems are better framed over longer and shorter time intervals and by looking at larger geographic areas than many archaeologists are accustomed to considering.


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