Judson Finley

Anthropology-Archaeology

Department Head | Sociology and Anthropology


Judson Finley

Contact Information

Office Location: Old Main 245A
Phone: (435) 797-9621
Email: judson.finley@usu.edu

Educational Background

PhD, Anthropology, (Archaeology), Washington State University, 2008
Rockshelter Formation Processes, Late Quaternary Environmental Change, and Hunter-Gatherer Subsistence in the Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming
MA, Anthropology, (Archaeology), Washington State University, 2001
BA, Anthropology, (Archaeology), University of Wyoming, 1996

Licensures & Certifications

Wilderness First Responder Certification, Desert Mountain Medicine, 2018

Biography

Judson Finley is an archaeologist who received his PhD in anthropology from Washington State University. Judson's specialty is the geological interface with Native history of the West.

Teaching Interests

North American Archaeology, North American Indian Cultures, Cultural Resource Management Policy, Geoarchaeology, Climate Studies, Archaeometry

Research Interests

Quaternary Paleoecology of western North America; rockshelter and cave sedimentary records; obsidian and ceramic artifact geochemistry; ceramic petrography

Awards

CHASS Faculty Undergraduate Mentor of the Year, 2019

Utah State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Beyond Bears Ears: Public Lands, Utah, and You. Interdisciplinary Think Tank Award, 2017

Utah State University Honors College

Notable New Grant, 2016

Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Utah State University

CHASS Faculty Undergraduate Advisor Award, 2016

Utah State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Project of the Year Award, 2011

Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit to Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Archaeological Field School

Regional Forester Honor Award, Recreation Partner of the Year, 2009

USDA National Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region

2008

Amerind New World Studies Series Seminar, Amerind Foundation, Dragoon, Arizona

2007

Amerind New World Studies Series Seminar, Amerind Foundation, Dragoon, Arizona


Publications | Abstracts

  • Finley, J.B, Rowe, M.J, Rockshelters as Archives of Late Quaternary Geological Records in the Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming : GSA Abstrsacts with Programs. Geological Society of America *

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Book Chapters

  • Finley, J.B, History of Work, Stratigraphy, and Cultural Chronology: In the Shadow of the Steamboat: A Natural and Cultural History of North Warner Valley, Oregon. University of Utah Press
  • Rowe, M.J, Finley, J.B, Enhancing Environmental and Cultural Justice Outcomes Under the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act: Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene: From (Un)Just Presents to Just Futures. University of Colorado Press
  • Finley, J.B, (2016). Late Holocene Geoarchaeology of the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming: Stones, Bones, and Profiles: Papers in Honor of George C. Frison and C. Vance Haynes. University of Colorado Press
  • Scheiber, L.L, Finley, J.B, (2012). Situating (Proto) History on the Northwestern Plains and Rocky Mountains: The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology. Oxford University Press
  • Scheiber, L.L, Finley, J.B, (2011). Mobility as Resistance: Colonialism Among Nomadic Hunter-Gatherers In The American West: Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology as Historical Process. University of Arizona Press
  • Eckerle, W., Finley, J.B, Hanna, R., (2011). Data Collection Strategies for Assessing Artifact Zone Spatial and Associational Integrity in Sand Occupational Substrates: In Archaeology in 3D: Deciphering Buried Sites in the Western U.S.. The SAA Press
  • Eckerle, W., Ingbar, E., Taddie, S., Finley, J.B, Drews, M., Hopkins, M., (2011). Forecasting Landscape Settings Conducive to Site Burial: Archaeology in 3D: Deciphering Buried Sites in the Western U.S.. The SAA Press
  • Scheiber, L.L, Finley, J.B, (2010). Mountain Shoshone Technological Transitions Across the Great Divide: Across the Great Divide: Culture Contact and Culture Change in North America at AD 1500. University of Arizona Press
  • Finley, J.B, (2007). Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, and Geomorphology.: Medicine Lodge Creek: Holocene Archaeology of the Eastern Big Horn Basin, Wyoming. Clovis Press
  • Larson, M.L, Finley, J.B, (2004). Analytical Nodules: Retrospect and Prospect: Aggregate Analyses in Lithic Studies. University of Utah Press

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

  • Kornfeld, M., Adovasio, J.M, Larson, M., Finley, J.B, Perishable Artifacts from Last Canyon Cave, Montana. Plains Anthropologist
  • Minckley, T.A, Clementz, M., Kornfeld, M., Larson, M., Finley, J.B, (2021). Late Pleistocene Environments of the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming-Montana, USA. Quaternary Research, 99, 128-141. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/qua.2020.78
  • Bird, D., Freeman, J., Robinson, E., Maughan, G., Finley, J.B, Lambert, P.M, Kelly, R.L, (2020). A First Empirical Analysis of Population Stability in North America Using Radiocarbon Records. The Holocene, 30:9, 1345-1359.
  • Davis, C.M, Aaberg, S.A, Crofutt, C., Eckerle, W.P, Finley, J.B, Wilson, M.C, (2020). Horse Thief Cave: A Holocene Occupational Sequence in the Dry Range, West-Central Montana. Archaeology in Montana, 61:1, 67-88.
  • Freeman, J., Baggio, J., Robinson, E., Byers, D.A, Gayo, E., Finley, J.B, Meyer, J., Kelly, R.L, Anderies, J.M, (2018). Synchronization of Energy Consumption by Human Societies through the Holocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 115:40, 9962-9967.
  • Finley, J.B, Scheiber, L.L, Ferguson, J.R, (2018). Compositional Analysis of Intermountain Ware Manufacturing Areas in Western Wyoming, USA.. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 18:2018, 587-595. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.02.011
  • Rowe, M.J, Finley, J.B, Baldwin, E., (2018). Consultation without Collaboration is Merely Good Words: An Analysis of Tribal Consultation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, 8:2, 1-47.
  • Finley, J.B, Ideker, C.J, Rittenour, T.M, (2017). Single-Grain Optically Stimulated Luminescence Ages of Brownware Pottery in the Central Rocky Mountains and the Spread of Numic Ceramic Technology. American Antiquity, 82, 761-780. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2017.38
  • Ideker, C.J, Finley, J.B, Rittenour, T.M, Summa-Nelson, M., (2017). Single-Grain Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dating of Prehistoric Ceramics from the Greater Yellowstone Area, Wyoming, USA. Quaternary Geochronology, 42, 42-55. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quageo.2017.07.004
  • Connolly, T.J, Finley, J.B, Smith, G.M, Jenkins, D.L, Endzweig, P.E, O'Neill, B.L, Baxter, P.W, (2017). Return to Fort Rock: Assessing the Site’s Potential to Contribute to Ongoing Debates about How and When Humans Colonized the Great Basin. American Antiquity82, 558-573. doi: 10.1017/aaq.2017.12
  • Byers, D.A, Hargiss, E., Finley, J.B, (2015). Flake Morphology, Fluvial Dynamics, and Debitage Transport Potential. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal, 30, 379-392.
  • Smith, G.M, Pattee, D.D, Finley, J.B, Fagan, J.L, Pellegrini, E., A Stone Crescent from a Stratified, Radiocarbon-Dated Site in the Northern Great Basin. North American Archaeologist, 35:3, 257-276.
  • Finley, J.B, Boyle, M.P, The Frequency and Typology of Ceramic Sites in Western Wyoming. Plains Anthropologist, 59:1, 1-18.
  • Finley, J.B, Branam, K., Scheiber, L., Finley, C., Leggins, B.T, (2013). The Two Eagles Site (24CB2069): A Tipi Encampment in Bighorn Canyon Montana. Archaeology in Montana, 54:1, 1-38.
  • Scheiber, L.L, Finley, J.B, (2011). Obsidian Source Use in the Greater Yellowstone Area, Wyoming Basin, and Central Rocky Mountains. American Antiquity , 76, 372-394.
  • Sch, L.L, Branam, K.M, Finley, J.B, Nathan, R.A, Burnett, k.L, Boyle, M., Rutecki, D.M, Erickson, A.E, Finley, C.C, Luck, A.G, (2011). “Crow Rediscover a Piece of Their Homeland”: America’s Best Idea at Bighorn Canyon. SAA's Archaeological Practice, January 2011 prototype:1, 29-34.
  • Scheiber, L.L, Finley, J.B, (2010). Cyber Landscapes and Domestic Landscapes in the Rocky Mountains. Antiquity , 84, 114-130.
  • Surovell, T.A, Finley, J.B, Smith, G., Kelly, R., Brantingham, J., (2009). Correcting Temporal Frequency Distributions for Taphonomic Bias. Journal of Archaeological Science , 36, 1715-1724.
  • Olga, F., Kornfeld, M., Finley, J.B, Larson, M.L, (2009). Last Canyon Cave: Late-Pleistocene Fauna and People. Current Research in the Pleistocene , 26, 58-60.
  • Finley, J.B, Kornfeld, M., Finley, C.C, Andrews, B., Frison, G.C, Bies, M.T, (2005). Rockshelter Archaeology and Geoarchaeology in the Bighorn Mountains. Plains Anthropologist , 50, 227-248.
  • Finley, J.B, Kornfeld, M. , Frison, G.C, Finley, C.C, (2003). Below Folsom at Two Moon Shelter, Wyoming. Current Research in the Pleistocene 20, Center for the Study of the First Americans, Texas A&M University, College Station

Professional Journal

  • Scheiber, L.L, Finley, J.B, Boyle, M., (2008). Bad Pass Archaeology. The American Surveyor , Apr/May, 12-22. *

Public or Trade Journal

  • Scheiber, L.L, Boyle, M., Finley, J.B, (2009). Archaeology: Combining Mapping Techniques with Digital Technology. PositionIT , Nov/Dec, 25-29. *

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Technical Reports

Other Reports

  • Finley, J.B, Andrews, B., Kornfeld, M., Frison, G., (2002). The Black Mountain Archaeological District: 2001 Field Studies.

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Other

Bulletins

  • Rowe, M.J, Finley, J.B, Branam, K.M, Putting America’s Archaeological Resources to Work: Three Tangible Benefits of Archaeological Preservation at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. The SAA Archaeological Record

Newsletter

  • Finley, J.B, Herrmann, E., (2014). Fall Newsletter of the Archaeological Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. Geological Society of America *
  • Finley, J.B, Herrmann, E., (2014). Winter Newsletter of the Geoarchaeological Interest Group of the Society for American Archaeology. Society for American Archaeology *
  • Fadem, C., Finley, J.B, (2013). Fall Newsletter of the Archaeological Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. Geological Society of America *
  • Fadem, C., Finley, J.B, (2012). Fall Newsletter of the Archaeological Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. Geological Society of America *

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Teaching

ANTH 5300 - Archaeology Field School, Summer 2021
ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Spring 2021
ANTH, ENVS 3320 - Archaeology of Climate Change, Fall 2020
ENVS, ANTH 3320 - Archaeology of Climate Change, Fall 2020
ANTH 5330, 6330 - Geoarchaeology, Fall 2020
ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Spring 2020
ANTH 6340, 5340 - Archaeology of the Desert West, Fall 2019
ANTH 5900 - Independent Studies, Fall 2019
HONR 3020, 3030 - Special Topics: Humanities/Creative Arts, Fall 2019
ANTH 5330, 6330 - Geoarchaeology, Spring 2019
ANTH 6390 - Cultural Resources Management Policy, Fall 2018
HONR 3020, 3030 - Special Topics: Social Sciences, Fall 2018
ANTH 5300 - Archaeology Field School, Summer 2018
ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Spring 2018
ANTH 6700 - Archaeology Internship, Spring 2018
ANTH 6430 - Archaeometry, Spring 2018
ANTH 6700 - Archaeology Internship, Fall 2017
ANTH 5340, 6340 - Archaeology of the Desert West, Fall 2017
ANTH 5900 - Independent Studies, Fall 2017
ANTH 5190 - Applied Anthropology Practicum, Summer 2017
ANTH 5900 - Independent Studies, Summer 2017
ANTH 6700 - Archaeology Internship, Spring 2017
ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Spring 2017
ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Spring 2017
ANTH 4800 - Archaeology of Climate Change, Spring 2017
ANTH 5330, 6330 - Geoarchaeology, Spring 2017
ANTH 5330, 6330 - Geoarchaeology, Spring 2017
ANTH 4800 - Topics in Anthropology, Spring 2017
ANTH 6700 - Archaeology Internship, Fall 2016
ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Fall 2016
ANTH 6390 - Cultural Resources Management Policy, Fall 2016
ANTH 3110 - North American Indian Cultures, Fall 2016
ANTH 5300 - Archaeology Field School, Summer 2016
ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Spring 2016
ANTH 6390 - Cultural Resources Management Policy, Spring 2016
ANTH 5340, 6340 - Archaeology of the Desert West, Fall 2015
ANTH 5340 - Archaeology of the Desert West, Fall 2015
ANTH 6340 - Archaeology of the Desert West, Fall 2015
ANTH 4800 - Native American Experience in Film, Fall 2015
ANTH 3110 - North American Indian Cultures, Fall 2015
ANTH 5310 - Archaeology Laboratory, Summer 2015
ANTH 4800 - Archaeology of Climate Change, Spring 2015
ANTH 6430 - Archaeometry, Spring 2015
ANTH 3380 - Archaeology Field Trip, Fall 2014
ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Fall 2014
ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Fall 2014
ANTH 5330, 6330 - Geoarchaeology, Fall 2014
ANTH 5330 - Geoarchaeology, Fall 2014
ANTH 6330 - Geoarchaeology, Fall 2014
ANTH 5300 - Archaeology Field School, Summer 2014
ANTH 3350 - Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations, Spring 2014
ANTH 6390 - Cultural Resources Management Policy, Spring 2014
ANTH 3380 - Archaeology Field Trip, Fall 2013
ANTH 5330,6330 - Geoarchaeology, Fall 2013
ANTH 3110 - North American Indian Cultures, Fall 2013
ANTH 3300 - Archaeology in North America, Spring 2013
ANTH 6390 - Cultural Resources Management Policy, Spring 2013
ANTH 6420 - Lithic Analysis, Fall 2012

Creative Works | Other

  • Two Eagles Interpretive Trail: When People Placed Stone Against Their Lodges, Other, Interpretive Trail - 2012

Graduate Students Mentored

Chelsea Cheney, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2019
Ryan McGrath, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2019
Victoria Ramirez, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2019
Cayla Kennedy, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2018
Audrey Pazmino, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2017
Maggie Erlick, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2017
Trista Schiele, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2017
Richard Olsen, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2016
Caleb Ferbrache, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2015 - December 2019
Hillary Jones, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2014 - April 2019
Bethany Wurster, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2015 - March 2019
Anastasia Lugo-Mendez, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2014 - March 2019
Elizabeth Hora-Cook, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2014 - October 2018
Carlie Ideker, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2012 - December 2015
Candice Cravins, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2011 - May 2014
Ben Fowler, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2009 - May 2014