Tim Riley

Archaeology | Utah State University Eastern

Director and Curator of Archaeology | Prehistoric Museum

Tim Riley

Contact Information

Office Location: Prehistoric Museum | Utah State University Eastern - 155 East Main Street, Price, Utah 84501
Phone: (435) 613-5290
Email: tim.riley@usu.edu

Educational Background


2010, Ph.D. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University

2000, A.B. with honors in Anthropology from the University of Chicago



Paleoethnobotany, Palynology, Coprolite analysis, Colorado Plateau, Perishable materials, Public Outreach, Museum Studies


As a museum-based archaeologist, Dr. Riley has a number of interests centered around public outreach and education, artifact conservation and care, actualistic/experimental archaeology, and integrating objects with lost context into the scientific record of past human activity in eastern Utah. Trained as a paleoethnobotanist and palynologist, he is primarily interested in the intersection of plant communities and human material culture.