Alan P Sullivan
Professor - Emeritus
A&S ANTHRO EMERITI - 0380
Dr. Alan P. Sullivan is a North American archaeologist whose research focuses on the development of an independent archaeological theory. Drawing on several decades of field experience in the American Southwest, he is exploring how inferences regarding the cultural past can be advanced without dependence on analogs from cultural anthropology. With survey and excavation data from his long-term project in the Upper Basin, which is located just south of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, Dr. Sullivan is investigating how the dynamic interplay among environmental manipulation, intensive wild-plant production, and unintensive horticulture affects the distribution of perennial settlements and the abandonment patterns of landscapes. He is interested, as well, in applications of high-resolution satellite remote-sensing in heritage-resource research and management.
Ph.D: University of Arizona 1980
2010 CP Taft Research Center Resolving the Effects of Canopy-Cover Variation on the Detection of Archaeological Sites by Satellite Remote Sensing $7,296 Type:Grant
2008 CP Taft Research Center The Role of Accumulations Research in Inferring the Occupations Spans of Abandoned Settlements $9,500 Type:Grant
2008 CP Taft Research Center Accuracy Assessment of a Satellite-Based Direct Predictive Model of Small-Scale Archaeological Phenomena $14,600 Type:Grant
2008 The National Geographic / Waitt Grants Program Determining the Regional Extent of Aboriginal Occupations with High-Resolution Satellite-Based Predictive Models $13,584 Type:Grant
Investigators:AP Sullivan and RC Frohn 2007 University Research Council - Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Support Satellite-Based Predictive Modeling of Archaeological Phenomena $24,382 Type:Grant
Investigators:AP Sullivan and RC Frohn 2005 -2006 National Park Service's National Center for Preservation Technolgoy and Training Testing the Regional Reliability of the Spectral Signatures of Archaeological Phenomena $40,000
Grant: #MT-2210-05-NC-12 Investigators:Sullivan, Alan 06-01-2005 -06-30-2006 National Park Service Testing the Regional Reliability of Spectral Signatures of Archaeological Phenomena Role:PI $40,000.00 Closed Level:Federal
Grant: #10302/Adden. B Investigators:Sullivan, Alan 10-01-2001 -12-31-2003 Federal Highway Administration Archaeological Study Methodology and Results Role:PI $99,998.00 Closed Level:Federal
Grant: #W19-08 Investigators:Sullivan, Alan 10-01-2008 -02-13-2010 National Geographic Society Waitt Grant: Accuracy Assessment of a Satellite-Based Direct Predictive Model Role:PI $13,584.00 Closed Level:Private Non-Profit
2014 C.P. Taft Research Center “Density Matters: Measuring the Landscape Consequences of Non-Maize- Dependent Subsistence Economies” $3,760 Type:Grant
2012 -2013 C.P. Taft Research Center Facultative or Obligate: Investigating the Variability of Linear Anthropogenic Terrain Features Role:PI $9,490 Completed Type:Grant
2014 C.P. Taft Research Center .Faculty Release Fellowship $8,000 Type:Grant
C.P. Taft Research Center “Facultative or Obligate: Investigating the Variability of Linear Anthropogenic Terrain Features” $9,490 Type:Grant
Grant: #NPS P18AC00010 / Master Agreement Investigators:Sullivan, Alan 10-16-2017 -10-16-2022 National Park Service Multi-Disciplinary Approaches for Acquiring and Integrating Archaeological, Paleoecological, and Ethnographic Data to Enable Science-Based Management of Cultural and Natural Resources on Federal Lands Role:PI $.00 Active Level:Federal
Grant: #Colorado Plateau CESU Agmt 2014-2019 (Master Agreement P18AC00010) Investigators:Sullivan, Alan 06-18-2014 -06-18-2019 Department of the Interior Multi-Disciplinary Approaches for Acquiring and Integrating Archaeological, Paleoecological, and Ethnographic Data to Enable Science-Based Management of Cultural and Natural Resources on Federal Lands Role:PI $.00 Active Level:Federal
Grant: #Colorado Plateau CESU Cooperative and Joint Venture Agrmt 2019-2024 Investigators:Sullivan, Alan 06-18-2019 -06-18-2024 National Park Service Colorado Plateau CESU Cooperative and Joint Venture Agreement 2019-2024 Role:PI $.00 Awarded Level:Federal
Sullivan, AP, KS Magee, PB Mink, and KM Forste. "Remote Sensing of Heritage Resources for Research and Management." Park Science.
Work in Progress
Sullivan, AP. "Surface Archaeology, Assemblage Formation Histories, and the Emergence of Quantitative Attribute-Based Artifact Analysis." In Assemblage Formation and Archaeological Interpretation in the 21st Century, edited by D. Olszewski and AP Sullivan. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.
Sullivan, AP (editor). 2008. Archaeological Concepts for the Study of the Cultural Past. Foundations of Archaeological Inquiry Series. Universtiy of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.
Sullivan AP, and JM Bayman (editors). 2007. Hinterlands and Regional Dynamics in the Ancient Southwest. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
Sullivan, AP (editor). 1998. Surface Archaeology. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.
Peer Reviewed Publications
Carter, SW, B Wiegand, G Mahood, FO Dudas, JL Wooden, AP Sullivan, and S Bowring. 2011 "Strontium Isotopic Evidence for Transport of Prehistoric Ceramic Materials." Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 26:189-218.
Sullivan, A.P. 2008a. "Ethnoarchaeological and Archaeological Perspectives on Ceramic Vessels and Annual Accumulation Rates of Sherds." American Antiquity 73:121-135.
Bayman, J.M. and A.P. Sullivan. 2008b. "Property, Identity, and Macro-Economy in the Prehispanic Southwest." American Anthropologist 110:1-15.
Sullivan, AP, PB Mink, and PM Uphus. 2007. "Archaeological Survey Design, Unites of Observation, and the Characterization of Regional Variability." American Antiquity 72:322-333.
Uphus, PM, AP Sullivan and PB Mink. 2006. "Identifying At-Risk Heritage Resources with GIS: Modeling the Impact of Recreational Activities on the Arhcaeological Record." International Journal of Risk Assessment Management 6:330-343.
Roos, CI, AP Sullivan, and C McNamee. 2010. "Paleoecolofical Evidence for Systematic Indigenous Burning in the Upland Southwest." In The Archaeology of Anthropogenic Environments, edited by R Dean, pp. 142-171. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale.
Sullivan AP, and KC Rozen. 2009. "Debitage Analysis and Archaeological Interpretation." In Archaeological Lithic Analysis: Readings from American Antiquity and Latin American Antiquity, complied by George H Odell, pp. 307-331. Society for American Archaeology Press, Washington, D.C.
Sullivan, AP. 2008a. "Time Perspectivism and the Interpretative Potential of Palimpsests: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations of Assemblage Formation History and Contemporaneity." In Time in Archaeology: Time Perspectivism Revisited, edited by SJ Holdaway and L Wandsnider, pp. 31 - 45. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.
Sullivan, AP. 2008b. "Forward to the Cultural Past." In Sullivan (editor), pp.1-6. Archaeological Concepts for the Study of the Cultural Past. Foundations of Archaeological Inquiry Series. Universtiy of Utah Press, Salt Lake City. Editor
Sullivan, AP. 2008c. "An Archaeological View of the Archaeological Record." In Sullivan (editor ), pp. 7-23. Archaeological Concepts for the Study of the Cultural Past. Foundations of Archaeological Inquiry Series. Universtiy of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.
Sullivan, AP. 2007 "Archaeological Anthropology and Strategies of Knowledge Formation in American Archaeology." In Archaeological Anthropology: Perspectives on Method and Theory, edited by JM Skibo, MW Graves, and M Stark, pp. 40-56. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
Sullivan, AP and JM Bayman. 2007. "Conceptualizing Regional Dunamics in the Ancient Southwest." In Sullivan and Bayman (editors), pp. 3-10.
Carter, SW and AP Sullivan. 2007. "Direct Procurement of Ceramics and Ceramic Materials, Index Wares, and Models of Regional Exchange and Interaction: Implications of Petrographic and Geological Data from the Upper Basin and Coconino Plateau." In Sullivan and Bayman (editors ), pp. 139-162.
Sullivan, AP and AH Ruter. 2006. "The Effects of Environmental Fluctuations on Ancient Livelihood: Implications of Paleoeconomic Data from the Upper Basin, Northern Arizona." In Environmental Change and Human Adaptation in Ancient American Southwest, edited by DE Doyel and JS Dean, pp. 180-203. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.
Sullivan, A. P., and D. E. Olszewski. 2016. “Working with Archaeological Variability in the 21st Century -- Thinking about Materiality, Epistemology, and Ontology.” In Sullivan and Olszewski (editors).
Sullivan, A. P. 2016. “Theoretical Implications of Artifact-Scatter Lithic Assemblage Variability for Mobility-Based Models of Technological Organization.” In Sullivan and Olszewski (editors).
Sullivan, A.P. 2015. “The Archaeology of Ruderal Agriculture.” In Traditional Arid Lands Agriculture: Understanding the Past for the Future, edited by S. E. Ingram and R.C. Hunt, pp. 273-305. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
Sullivan, A. P., J. N. Berkebile, K. M. Forste, and R. M. Washam. 2015. “Disturbing Developments: An Archaeobotanical Perspective on Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands Fire Ecology, Economic Resource Production, and Ecosystem History.” Journal of Ethnobiology 35: 37-59.
Sullivan, A. P., and K. M. Forste. 2014. “Fire-Reliant Subsistence Economies and Anthropogenic Coniferous Ecosystems in the Pre-Columbian Northern American Southwest.” Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 23: 135-151.
Sullivan, A. P., and W. F. Dibble. 2013. “Site Formation Processes.” In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by C. Smith, pp. 6687-6701. Springer, New York.
Sullivan, A. P., K. S. Magee, P. B. Mink, and K. M. Forste. 2012. “Remote Sensing of Heritage Resources for Research and Management.” Park Science 28: 93-98.
Sullivan, AP. 2006. "Grahame Clark: An Intellectual Biography of an Archaeologist" by BM Fagan (Westview Press). American Antiquity 71:586.
Sullivan, AP, CI Roos, and PB Mink. (2011. ) Innocence, Ignorance, and the Archaeology of Subsistence Agriculture in Coniferous Ecosystems. 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
Sullivan, AP (2011. ) Discusant for the Symposium .the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (Editorial Board ) Member Type:Editorial Service 2004 -To Present
Archaeology, theory and method, subsistence technology, settlement and land-use; US Southwest.