Kenneth Barnett Tankersley

Kenneth Barnett Tankersley , PhD

Assoc Professor

Braunstein Hall


A&S Anthropology - 0380

Professional Summary

My current research focuses on Native American sociopolitical issues and human adaptation to catastrophic events.


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)

Abbreviated Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Kenneth Barnett Tankersley et al. (2023)Interpreting δ13C Values Obtained on SOM from Ancient Maya Reservoirs and Depressions. North American Archaeologist.

Kenneth Barnett Tankersley et al. (2020). Zeolite water purification at Tikal, an ancient Maya city in Guatemala. Nature: Scientific Reports, 10(1), 18021.

Bauduer, F, & Tankersley, K Barnett (2018). Evidence of an ancient (2000 years ago) goiter attributed to iodine deficiency in North America. Medical Hypotheses, 118, 6-8.

Kenneth Barnett Tankersley et al.  (2018). Positive Platinum anomalies at three late Holocene high magnitude volcanic events in Western Hemisphere sediments. Nature: Scientific Reports, 8(1), 11298.

Kenneth Barnett Tankersley  et al. (2018) Geochronology And Paleoenvironmental Framework For The Oldest Archaeological Site In The West Indies, Banwari Trace, Trinidad. Latin American Antiquity doi:10.1017/laq.2018.49.


Kenneth Barnett Tankersley (2022) Cherokee of the Cumberland Little Miami Press.

Co-author Kenneth Barnett Tankersley (2018) Piqua Shawnee: Cultural Survival in their Homeland, Community Works West, Berkley, CA.

Kenneth Barnett Tankersley and Robert Newman (2016) Dr. Charles Louis Metz and the American Indian Archaeology of the Little Miami River Valley. Little Miami Publishing Company.

Kenneth Barnett Tankersley and Robert Pickering (2016) Sitting Bull’s Pipe: Separating Myth from History, Rediscovering the Man, Correcting the Myth. Kendle Edition.