Yoder, David T.
Lecturer of Anthropology
CB 207j
Last Updated: 6/28/17 -

I am an anthropologist specializing in archaeology.  My research interests are geographically focused in the Great Basin and northern Colorado Plateau, with expertise in hunter-gatherer and early agricultural societies, cultural resource management, archaeological law and policy, perishable technologies, archaeometry, and experimental archaeology. 

My most current research investigates ideology, ideals of personhood, and the transmission of information between and within Fremont and Basketmaker societies through the study of anthropomorphic figurines and rock art.  Other projects include designing and implementing a new archaeological site recording system that will be used by all government agencies and private contractors throughout Utah (beta testing beginning in 2016), research focusing on the interplay of historical archaeology and cultural resource management in the Intermountain West, the use of dune environments as foraging localities for Fremont populations, and collaborative excavations of Fremont habitation sites in Utah Valley with colleagues from Brigham Young University.

Outside of the university system my career has included work in both the public and private sectors.  Since 2011 I have been the archaeologist in the Utah Governor’s Public Lands Policy Coordination Office where I administer the permitting system for archaeological work on state lands and advise state agencies in archaeological law and policy.  In conjunction with my earlier work in cultural resource management, I have directed the survey of thousands of acres and the excavation of over 40 archaeological sites throughout the region (ranging from Paleoarchaic rockshelters to Fremont and Anasazi habitation sites to pioneer forts and homesteads).


Social/Cultural Anthropology (ANTH101G)

Biological Anthropology (ANTH1020)

World Prehistory (ANTH103G)

Archaeological Method and Theory (ANTH2030)

Archaeology of the Great Basin (ANTH3315)

North American Archaeology (ANTH475R)

Laboratory Methods in Archaeology (ANTH475R)

Archaeological Field Methods Practicum (ANTH482R)


Ph.D.   2009    Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

M.A.     2005    Anthropology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

B.S.      2003    Anthropology/History, Weber State University, Ogden, UT

             2003    Secondary Education Teaching License, Weber State University, Ogden, UT 


2015    Gazing Back at You: Fremont Figurines. Archaeology Southwest Magazine 29(4):10-11.

2014    Fremont Use of Dune Environments in Western Utah. Utah Archaeology 27(1):57-76.

2014    Interpreting the Fifty-Year Rule: How A Simple Phrase Leads to A Complex Problem. Advances in Archaeological Practice 2(4):324-337.

2014    Antelope Cave Sandals. In A Report of Archaeological Excavations at Antelope Cave and Rock Canyon Shelter, Northwestern Arizona, by Joel C. Janetski, Deborah A. Newman, and James D. Wilde, pp.103-120. Museum of Peoples and Cultures Occasional Paper No. 19. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

2012    Early Holocene Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) Remains from Southern Utah: Implications for the Origins of the Puebloan Domestic Turkeys, by Bradley A. Newbold, Mark K. Bodily, Joel C. Janetski, and David T. Yoder.  Kiva 78(1):37-59.

2012    Paleoarchaic to Early Archaic Transition on the Colorado Plateau: The Archaeology of North Creek Shelter, by Joel C. Janetski, Mark K. Bodily, Bradley A. Newbold, and David T. Yoder.  American Antiquity 77(1):125-159.

2011    Deep Human History in Escalante Valley and Southern Utah, by Joel C. Janetski, Mark K. Bodily, Bradley A. Newbold, and David T. Yoder.  Utah Historical Quarterly 79(3):204-223.

2011    Invisible Culture: The Use of Soft X-Ray Radiography in Perishable Research.  Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 20(1):1-17.

2010    Plain-Weave Sandals from Antelope Cave, Arizona. Kiva 75(3):327-350.

2010    The Onset of Small Seed Processing on the Colorado Plateau, by David T. Yoder, Mark L. Bodily, Sara Hill, Joel C. Janetski, and Bradley A. Newbold. Kiva 75(4):425-446.

2010    ‘Entertainment by John D. Lee’: Excavations and History at Fort Harmony, Utah, by David T. Yoder, B. Jacob Skousen, and Deborah C. Harris.  Utah Archaeology 23(1):27-43.

2008    The use of “soft” X-ray radiography in determining hidden construction characteristics in fiber sandals. Journal of Archaeological Science 35:316-321.

2006    A Preliminary Report on Human Occupations at North Creek Shelter: A Stratified Site in Escalante Valley, by Joel C. Janetski, Bradley A. Newbold, and David T. Yoder. In Learning from the Land, edited by the Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners, pp. 285-297. Escalante Interagency Center, Escalante, Utah.

2005    How Warm Were They? Thermal Properties of Rabbitskin Robes and Blankets, by David T. Yoder, Jon Blood, and Reid Mason. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 25(1):55-68.

2004    Current Issues in Cultural Resource Management Institutions. Utah Archaeology 17(1):1-12.