» Renew your PAS Membership for 2022!

» New Board Members and Committee Assignments

» Congratulations to Mary Adair - the 2021 PAS Distinguished Service Award Recipient

» 2021 Native American Student Award Winner Announced - Joni Tobacco

» Two Recipients for the 2021 Donna C. Roper Research Award - Ariana Thomas and Jack Hofman

» Student Paper Award Winners 2021 - Clifford White and Rachel Thimmig

» Student Poster Competition Award Winners 2021 - Riley Limbaugh, Kelton Meyer, and Sasha Buckser et al.

» Save the Date! 79th Annual Plains Conference planned for October 12-15, 2022 in Oklahoma City, OK!

» Plains Anthropologist Editor Changes

» Plains Anthropologist Back Issue Requests 

» Journal News - Call for Papers


Renew your Membership for 2022!

It's that time of year! Renew your Plains Anthropological Society membership today to ensure you receive all of the 2022 journals as they are printed. You need to renew by January 10 to receive the first issue of 2022 on time and retain your online access to past issues of the journal.


New Board Members and Committee Assignments

Welcome to our three newly elected Board of Directors members!

  • Shawn Bubel (University of Lethbridge)
  • Spencer Pelton (Office of the Wyoming State Archaeologist)
  • Adam Wiewel (National Park Service)


Also special welcome to John Hedden (University of Iowa -Office of the State Archaeologist) for agreeing to fill a vacant position on the board.

Thanks to outgoing board members Brendon Asher, Lauren Ritterbush, and Courtney Ziska for their contributions over the past three years. Special thanks also to Mary Adair and her service as Past President!

The Board of Directors page has been updated with new committee assignments!


Congratulations to Mary Adair - the 2021 PAS Distinguished Service Award Recipient

For dedicated service to Great Plains anthropology through paleoethnobotanical research, archaeological curation, mentorship, public education, and exceptional service to the Plains Anthropological Society, the PAS Board of Directors was honored to present the 2021 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Mary J. Adair on November 12, 2021 at the 78th Annual Plains Conference in Boulder, Colorado.

Over 47 years as a member of the society, Mary completed two terms on the Board of Directors, being an active leader and contributor to various committees; served as Editor of the Plains Anthropologist between 2002 and 2005, and, most recently, led the Society as President for two years. Additionally, she co-chaired the Plains Conference in 1991 and 2006. Her leadership extends beyond the PAS, being active with the Professional Archaeologists of Kansas, the Kansas City Archaeological Society, the Missouri Archaeological Society, and Kansas State Historic Sites Board of Review.

Congratulations Mary, and thanks for all you have done for Plains anthropology!

A full announcement detailing Mary's research, education activities, and service will be published in an upcoming issue of Plains Anthropologist.


Native American Student Award Winner Announced - Joni Tobacco

Joni Tobacco (Oglala Sioux) is currently enrolled as a Hydrology and Forestry major at Salish Kootenai College, a 4-year college in Pablo, Montana. Her current research involves both cultural and natural resources. Congratulations Joni!


Two Recipients for the 2021 Donna C. Roper Research Award - Ariane Thomas and Jack Hofman

Ariane Thomas (University of Iowa) - "Revealing Human Cultural History of the Plains using Dog DNA"

Jack Hofman (Emeritus, University of Kansas) - "Support for Kitkahahki Pawnee Village research publication"


Student Paper Award Winners 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 Student Paper Award Winners from the 78th Annual Conference in Boulder, CO! The award is a cash payment of $200 to undergraduates and $300 to graduate students. The winners were announced at the conference banquet, to which all competition participants received two complimentary tickets.

Undergraduate: Clifford White (University of Wyoming): Did Water Availability Impact Clovis Settlement Strategies on the Great Plains?

Graduate: Rachel Thimmig (Brown University): On- and Off-Reservation Life: A Reexamination of Crow-Flies-High Village.


Student Poster Competition Award Winners 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 Student Poster Competition Award Winners from the 78th Annual Conference in Boulder, CO! The award is a cash payment of $100 to undergraduates and $200 to graduate students. The winners were announced at the conference banquet, to which the lead author received two complimentary tickets.

Undergraduate: Riley Limbaugh (Colorado State University): The Days After Colorado's Darkest Days: Using Weapons and Ammunition to Date Conflicts and Identify Participants in Battle

Graduate: Kelton Meyer (Colorado State University): Countryside Folsom in the San Luis Valley, Colorado: Revisiting the Reddin Site

Graduate: Sasha Buckser (University of Colorado at Boulder), Karissa Hughes (Oklahoma University), Victoria Bowler Monagle (University of New Mexico), William Taylor (University of Colorado at Boulder), Courtney Hofman (Oklahoma University): Human-Canid Interactions at Black's Fork, Wyoming.


Save the Date! 79th Annual Plains Conference planned for October 12-15, 2022 in Oklahoma City, OK!

Conference organizers Brandi Bethke and Sarah Trabert are busy making plans for the 79th Annual Plains Conference in Oklahoma City, OK, October 12-15, 2022! Check back for updates on the Annual Meeting page as plans develop!


Plains Anthropologist Editor Changes

It takes a lot of work on the part of many people to keep the Plains Anthropologist journal moving forward.

We would like to extend a big thank you to our outgoing Editor, Bob Hoard, for doing an outstanding job in editing the journal. He has worked to increase the journal’s reputation and in negotiating the best contract with our publisher to the benefit of the PAS and Plains Anthropology in general. Special thanks is also owed to Associate Editor Mary Hoard, who has provided copy editing and recommendations regarding content on many of the submitted manuscripts. The journal would not have the current level of quality without the enormous amount of time and effort these two have dedicated!

We are also grateful to Matthew E. Hill for continuing to serve as the editor of the Book Reviews section, and for his effort in selecting books for review and working with reviewers to get their manuscripts submitted.

Finally, welcome to our incoming Editor, Bill Billeck (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History), who as of today, July 1st, will succeed Bob Hoard in this important role for the journal! Journal or manuscript related questions can continue to be directed to the editor@plainsanthropologicalsociety.org email account.


Journal News - Call for Papers

It is always a good time to submit manuscripts for publication in Plains Anthropologist. The journal accepts articles on general or focused topics, literature reviews that summarize current data and provide fresh perspectives, and reports on investigations of fieldwork and research on collections. Larger works, approximately 100 published pages, can be published as a memoir. Assistance on submission is on the PAS website - Information for Authors. The editor can assist if you have difficulties submitting through Editorial Manager. Turnaround times from submission to publication currently are prompt.


PCI-Archaeology and Manuscript Solicitation

PCI Archaeology, a new system for peer-reviewing academic manuscripts, is now open. From Brad Logan (Recommender), a PCI (Peer Community In) is a "system intended to organise, in a completely transparent way, the peer review process of manuscripts already deposited on preprint servers... a PCI is a community of researchers (called recommenders) who agree to act as associate editors." See Brad's full announcement here or visit the PCI Archaeology website for more information - https://archaeo.peercommunityin.org/.