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Bill arrived at Beloit in 2001 after serving as Director of the Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa. His major professional interests include North American archaeology, ethnohistory, and ethnology. Bill is currently conducting archaeological and ethnohistoric studies on early historic interactions between Natives and newcomers in central North America. In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Iowa, Bill and several Beloit College students recently assisted in test excavations at a significant Ioway Indian village site in southeast Iowa. Beloit students are helping him analyze the recovered botanical remains in order to understand Ioway agriculture and other forms of plant use in the period between about 1760 and 1820. Bill is also studying early historic interactions as well as pre-contact plant use patterns in other parts of North America through his work with Logan Museum collections from the Great Plains and other areas. He teaches Environmental Archaeology, Anthropological Research in Museums, Introduction to Museum Studies, and Native North American Peoples and Cultures.
In addition to his archaeological studies, Bill is researching the work of George Squier (1849-1933), a nonprofessional archaeological scholar from western Wisconsin. Bill and his colleague Roland Rodell, of the University of Wisconsin–Rock County, have tapped numerous archival records to write a personal and professional biography that provides insight into the development of scientific archaeological inquiry in the United States, particularly by perceptive but unconventional scholars who were somewhat out of the mainstream of developments in American archaeology. Outside of the museum, Bill enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with his family.
Professor at Beloit Since: 2001
Ph.D., Anthropology. 1987. University of Wisconsin-Madison.
M.A., Anthropology. 1977. University of Wisconsin-Madison.
B.A., Anthropology. 1974. Grinnell College.
Anthropology is a holistic discipline that incorporates aspects of many different areas of study, from culture to biology to material goods. Bill wants anthropologists to recognize their shared core despite the discipline’s segmentation into subfields. Anthropologists should strive to transcend sub-disciplinary and disciplinary boundaries and communicate their research to the public. At Beloit, Bill works to ensure that students and faculty use museum resources to their best possible effect. He wants students to feel engaged with the collections and to take advantage of research opportunities in the museum and through fieldwork.
Selected Professional Accomplishments (2006-2011)
2010 National Science Foundation, Academic Research Infrastructure Grants, “Transformation through Renovation: Anthropology at Beloit College” (Co-P.I.), $349,688
2008 Institute of Museum and Library Services, Museums for America Grants, “Catalogue Conversion and Accessibility” (N. Meister, Co-P.I.), $114,521
2006 National Endowment for the Humanities, Grants for Stabilizing Humanities Collections, “Preservation of and Access to Anthropology Collections” (N. Meister, Co-P.I.), $355,126
Chronicle of Higher Education (11/10/10) http://chronicle.com/blogs/postcards/beloits-cube-of-curiosities/144
2011 (W. Green, N. Meister, and D. Bartlett) East Asian Collections at the Logan Museum of Anthropology. In East Asian Art and Inquiry at a Midwestern College, edited by J. E. Beckman, pp. 34-37. Beloit College Press. (in press)
2011 (W. Green and L. Forman) Archaeology. How to Get Published: A Guide for Anthropology Students and Young Professionals, edited by J.E. Miller and O. Schmid, pp. 60-69. Altamira Press, Lanham, MD.
2011 Review of C. Mayer and A. Shelton, eds., “The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.” Museum Anthropology Review 5:126-127 (http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/mar/issue/view/78).
2011 (N. Meister and W. Green) Planning Is Everything: Fostering Success for On-site Collection Moves. Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 7:95-112.
2010 (W. Whittaker and W. Green) Early and Middle Woodland Earthwork Enclosures in Iowa. North American Archaeologist 31:27-57.
2009 (W. Green and N. Meister) The Logan Museum of Anthropology’s Collections Accessibility Project: A Multi-phase Approach to Improving Preservation and Access. The SAA Archaeological Record 9(2):31-35. (http://www.saa.org/Portals/0/SAA/Publications/thesaaarchrec/Mar09.pdf)
2009 (N. Meister and W. Green) Comments on Museum Literacy and Higher Education. Museum Management and Curatorship 24(1):14-17.
2009 Review of S. Ahler and M. Kay, eds., “Plains Village Archaeology: Bison-hunting Societies in the Central and Northern Plains.” Plains Anthropologist 54:87-89.
2008 Review of State Historical Society of Iowa, “Meskwaki History CD.” Annals of Iowa 67:331-334. Also published in The Wisconsin Archeologist 89:198-199.
2008 Plants and Technology: Current and Future Directions. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 33:223-227.
2007 (S. Pfannkuche and W. Green) The Domeier/Watson Mounds, Winnebago County, Illinois. Illinois Antiquity 42(3-4):16-17.
2011 Transition, Reorganization, Replacement? Political and Economic Change in Southeast Iowa, ca. A.D. 200-400. Paper Presented at the 57th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, La Crosse, WI.
2011 Greenshield Revisited: Alfred W. Bowers’ Excavations at a Contact-Era Arikara and Mandan Site in Oliver County, North Dakota. Paper presented at the 76th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento, CA.
2010 The Logan Museum of Anthropology’s North African Archaeological Research, 1925-1930. Invited paper presented at the symposium “Archaeology, Museums, and Cultural Heritage Preservation in Libya: Perspectives for the 21st Century,” Madison, WI.
2010 (W. Green and R. Rodell) Frederic W. Putnam, George H. Squier, and the Peabody-Harvard Influence on Early Wisconsin Archaeology. Paper presented at the 56th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Bloomington, IN.
2010 Persistent Placemaking in the Upper Mississippi River Valley: Ritual, Settlement, Interaction, and Appropriation. Invited paper presented in the session “Place as Political: Archaeological Views on Landscape, Ritual and Space” at the 75th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, St. Louis, MO.
2010 (S. Fie and W. Green) Archaeology at Beloit College: New Approaches for an Established Program. Invited poster presented in the session “Career Paths and the Undergraduate Major: How Are We Preparing Our Students in the SAA’s 75th Year?” at the 75th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, St. Louis, MO.
2009 (W. Green and S. Pfannkuche) You Mean There Are More?: Collections from Lesser-Known but Significant Sites from the Northern Lakes Project. Paper presented in the session “New Light on the Northern Lakes: Revisiting the Archaeology of Northern Wisconsin” at the 55th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Iowa City, IA.
2009 (S. Pfannkuche and W. Green) The Robinson and Squirrel Dam Sites: What’s Not in Robert Salzer’s Dissertation. Paper presented in the session “New Light on the Northern Lakes: Revisiting the Archaeology of Northern Wisconsin” at the 55th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Iowa City, IA.
2009 (S. Pfannkuche, N. Meister, and W. Green) Strategies for Curating Neglected Archaeological Collections: Case Studies from the Logan Museum of Anthropology. Invited paper presented in the session “Archaeological Curation in the Midwest: Current Trends and Future Directions” at the 55th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Iowa City, IA.
2009 (S. Schwartz and W. Green) Middle Ground or Native Ground? Perspectives from Iowaville on Trans-Mississippi Trade and Interaction, 1760-1820. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Toronto, Ontario.
2008 Archaeobotany of Nebraska Phase Lodges in the Glenwood Locality, Southwestern Iowa. Invited paper presented at the Nebraska Phase Seminar, Glenwood, IA.
2008 (W. Green and S. Schwartz) Perspectives on Ioway Trade and Interaction, ca. 1760-1820: Middle Ground or Native Ground? Paper presented at the 66th annual Plains Anthropological Conference, Laramie, Wyoming, and the 54th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Milwaukee, WI.
2008 (W. Green and N. Meister) The Logan Museum of Anthropology’s Collections Accessibility Project: A Multi-phase Approach to Improving Preservation and Access. Invited paper presented in the session “International Curation Standards: What’s Working, What’s Not,” 73rd annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, BC.
2007 Undergraduate Research in Anthropology Collections and Museums. Invited paper presented in the session “Still a Bridesmaid? Revisiting ‘The Research Potential of Anthropological Museum Collections,’ 25 Years Later,” 106th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC.
2007 (W. Green, S. Pfannkuche, L. Berg, and N. Meister) New Life for Old Collections: The Logan Museum of Anthropology’s Collections Accessibility Project. Paper presented at the 53rd annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Notre Dame, IN.
2007 Late Prehistoric Archaeobotanical Variability in Western Iowa. Invited paper presented at the Fryxell Symposium, 72nd annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, TX.
2007 Frontiers, Climaxes, and Shmoos. Invited paper presented at the session in honor of Robert L. Hall, 84th annual meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society, Minneapolis.
2006 Uncovering and Re-covering Two Pre-Civil War Structures in Beloit, Wisconsin. Paper presented at the 52nd annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Urbana, IL.
2006 (B. Cohen and W. Green) Taming the Media Shrew: Positive Publicity for Archaeology. Paper presented at the 52nd annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Urbana, IL.
2006 From Oneota to Oklahoma Via the 1837 Ioway Map. Paper presented at the Early American Cartographies Conference, The Newberry Library, Chicago.
Iowaville (13VB124), Van Buren County, Iowa. November, 2010. Project director: Cindy Peterson, Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa.
Bill is active in several national and regional archaeological organizations. In 2011 he was elected as the Nominations Committee chair for the Register of Professional Archaeologists. He was the founding president of the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Inc., and served as editor of its journal, the Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology for several years. He is active in the Three Rivers Archaeological Society, a chapter of both the Wisconsin Archeological Society and the Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology. In that capacity he helps organize monthly meetings with guest speakers, and he co-organized “Stateline Archaeo-Fest 2007,” a joint meeting of the Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology, Wisconsin Archeological Society, and Wisconsin Archeological Survey.
In 2010 Bill served as a panelist to review grant proposals for the National Endowment for the Humanities “Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections—Anthropology” program, and in 2009 he served the American Association of Museums as a Visiting Committee member for an accreditation review of a college museum on the East Coast.
As a board member of the Roy Chapman Andrews Society, Bill helps bring distinguished explorers to Beloit each year to discuss their scientific discoveries with the community. In 2010 he served on a panel discussing Andrews at the Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison.
Campus and Community Involvement
Bill organized the “Anthropology After Beloit” panel discussion at the 2009 Beloit College Homecoming/Reunion. With Nancy Krusko, he co-organized a symposium and panel discussion on “Applying Anthropology: Celebrating the Life and Work of Andrew ‘Bud’ Whiteford” in 2007 at Beloit. Bill serves as the chair of Beloit College’s museum studies program, an interdisciplinary minor. He actually spends most of his time administering the Logan Museum of Anthropology. Each summer he enjoys hosting “Tuesday Night Relics,” broadcasting music from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s on WBCR-FM, Beloit College radio.
What Students Say
“Bill was great at providing a learning environment where my ideas were respected and integrated but were also guided by his knowledge and experience. After my initial curiosity in studying animal bones in archaeological contexts, Bill encouraged my interests by supporting my research of the parking lot dig faunal materials. His support led to a senior honors thesis and my continuing in zooarchaeological studies by working towards a Masters Thesis at the University of Idaho. The skills of identifying animal bones in archaeological contexts is a rare focus area for current archaeologists. Thanks to Bill’s introduction to this field I have a marketable skill within the archaeological field.” –Shea Henry
“In the classroom, Bill systematically exposes students to the breadth of topics and concepts in the particular class he is teaching, and then encourages discussion about the ideas. He also encourages students to gain experience in practicing the concepts, such as working on soil flotation in the lab and then identifying the charred seeds and other remains from the samples. Bill also focuses on the real-world implementation of research and academic interests in the form of projects. These projects often make use of the Logan Museum’s collections.” –Emily Hildebrant Iffert
“Bill was a great student advisor. When we first designed my senior thesis involving lithic artifacts from the Logan Museum, I wasn’t sure where it would lead. He was very receptive to my varying research ideas and allowed me to develop a project in conjunction with the chemistry and botany departments at Beloit. I was able to learn important scientific techniques and conduct experiments creating and using stone tools. These experiences later came in very handy in graduate school. I’m so thankful Bill was my advisor and encouraged me to think outside the box in developing my research interests. –Chantel White