Kenneth Barnett Tankersley
Associate Professor, Curator, Court Archaeological Research Facility
A&S Anthropology - 0380
I specialize in Archaeological Geology, Quaternary Science, Catastrophic Volcanic and Cosmic Impact Events, and Contemporary Native Americans.
B.S. , University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio, 1978 (Education (Geology))
M.A., University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio, 1982 (Anthropology)
Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana, 1989 (Anthropology)
Post-Doctorate, Illinois State Museum Springfield, Illinois, 1993 (Quaternary Research Program)
My current research and publications represent an integrated body of research focused on catastrophic volcanic eruptions and cosmic airburst events, which resulted in periods of climatic and environmental change. From an evolutionary perspective, these are periods of accelerated change, which force people to economically adapt, downsize, or migrate. Temporally, my research focuses on the Quaternary, the geological period of time during which humans evolved. I direct two laboratories, the Court Archaeological Research Facility and the Ohio Valley Archaeology Laboratory.
2013 Court Family Foundation Court Archaeological Research Fund Endowment $50,000.00
2010 Court Family Foundation Ohio Valley Scholarship Endowment $350,000.00
2008 National Park Service $1,200.00
2008 Court Family Foundation Court Archaeology Research Facility (CARF) Endowment $500,000.00
Grant: #09-041 Investigators:Hancock, John; Tankersley, Kenneth 03-01-2009 -04-30-2010 National Endowment for the Humanities The Ancient Ohio Trail Role:Collaborator $15,000.00 Closed Level:Federal
Grant: #DBI-1226891 Investigators:Baucom, Regina; Cameron, Guy; Hinkel, Kenneth; Lentz, David; Tankersley, Kenneth 09-01-2012 -08-31-2014 National Science Foundation FSML: Power, Equipment and Connectivity for the University of Cincinnati Center for Field Studies Role:Collaborator $167,076.00 Active Level:Federal
Peer Reviewed Publications
2018. Kenneth Barnett Tankersley et al. Positive Platinum anomalies at three late Holocene high magnitude volcanic events in Western Hemisphere sediments. Nature - Scientific Reports DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-29741-8.
2018. Co-author. Water Uncertainty, Ritual Predictability, and Agricultural Canals at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Antiquity doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.114.
2018. Co-author. Soil analysis in discussions of agricultural feasibility for ancient civilizations: A critical review and reanalysis of the data and debate from Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. PLOS ONE https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0198290
2018. Kenneth Barnett Tankersley et al. Volcanic minerals in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico and their archaeological significance. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 17:404-421.
2018. Co-author. Extraordinary Biomass-Burning Episode and Impact Winter Triggered by the Younger Dryas Cosmic Impact ∼12,800 Years Ago. 2. Lake, Marine, and Terrestrial Sediments. Journal of Geology doi.org/10.1086/695704
2018. Co-author. Extraordinary Biomass-Burning Episode and Impact Winter Triggered by the Younger Dryas Cosmic Impact ∼12,800 Years Ago: 1. Ice Cores and Glaciers. Journal of Geology doi.org/10.1086/695703
2017. Co-author. Widespread platinum anomaly documented at the Younger Dryas onset in North American sedimentary sequences. Nature: Scientific Reports 7:44031 | DOI: 10.1038/srep44031
2017. Kenneth Barnett Tankersley. Geochemical, economic and ethnographic approaches to the evaluation of soil, salinity, and water management in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports. 12:378-383.
2017. Kenneth Barnett Tankersley et al. Micro-flotation removal of coal contaminants from archaeological radiocarbon samples from Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, USA. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 12:66–73.
2016. Kenneth Barnett Tankersley et al. Evaluating soil salinity and water management in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports: 9:94–104.
2016. Kenneth Barnett Tankersley et al. Stable carbon isotope values (δ13C) of purslane (Portulaca oleracea) and their archaeological significance. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 7:189-194.
2016. Kenneth Barnett Tankersley et al. Catastrophic Volcanism and its Implication for Agriculture in the Maya Lowlands. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 5:465-470.
2015. Kenneth Barnett Tankersley et al. Quaternary chronostratigraphy and stable isotope paleoecology of Big Bone Lick, Kentucky, USA, Quaternary Research 83, 479–487.
2015. Co-author. Synchroneity of Widespread Bayesian-modeled Ages Supports Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis, Letter, PNAS www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1520411112
2015. Co-author. Bayesian chronological analyses consistent with synchronous age of 12,835-12,735 cal BP for Younger Dryas Boundary on four continents. PNAS 2015-07146R
2014. Co-author. Forests, fields, and the edge of sustainability at the ancient Maya city of Tikal. PNAS U.S.A., doi/10.1073/pnas.1408631111.
2014. Co-author. Nanodiamond-Rich Layer across Three Continents Consistent with Major Cosmic Impact at 12,800 Cal BP. The Journal of Geology Volume 122, doi: 10.1086/677046.
2013. Co-author. They Ignore Decades of Comet Research. PNAS Letter doi: 2013.15467.
2013. Co-author. Regarding the impact-related YDB la