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. In 2016-17, with help from Beloit students and alumni as well as colleagues at the University of Iowa, Arizona State University, and the National Park Service, Bill has been conducting archaeological studies of Woodland communities occupied 1000-2000 years ago in the Mississippi River valley. Bill teaches Environmental Archaeology, Anthropological Research in Museums, Introduction to Museum Studies, and Native North American 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 (2008-2016)
2016-17 National Geographic Society Committee on Research and Exploration, “High Resolution Mapping and Geophysical Assessment of the Gast Farm Site, Southeast Iowa” ($10,276)
2016-17 Beloit College Keefer Senior Faculty Grant, "Gast Farm: Geophysical Survey and Synthesis" ($6,862)
2016 Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations Program, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas, technical support for "Geospatial Analytics at Gast Farm, a Multicomponent Site in the Upper Mississippi River Valley (with John Doershuk, Sue Swanson, and Mary Whelan).
2012 Ho-Chunk Nation Cultural Resources Division and Beloit 2020, “Historical and Archaeological Research at Turtle Creek, South Beloit, Illinois” ($4,850)
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
"Returning History," Wisconsin Public Television (2014) http://video.wpt.org/video/
"Logan Museum: Where Humanity's Story Comes Alive" http://oldnorthwestterritory.
Chronicle of Higher Education (11/10/10) http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/postcards/beloits-cube-of-curiosities/144
2016 (W. Green, W. Billeck, F. Swenson, and G. Holley) Glass Bead Inlaid Pottery from the Northern Plains. In Children of Mother Corn: Sahnish Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and Anthropology, edited by Kacy L. Hollenback and Richard A. Krause. Memoir 44, Plains Anthropologist 61:425-448.
2016 (M. Caves, L. Williams, and W. Green) Bioarchaeological Analysis of Health in a Late Woodland Population from Myrick Park, La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Archeologist 97(1):90-91.
2015 Frontiers, Climaxes, and Shmoos. Illinois Archaeology 27:33-40.
2015 (co-editor with S. Schermer, L. Zimmerman, L. Forman, & R. Lillie) Oneota Historical Connections: Working Together in Iowa. Report 24. Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa. (http://iowaarchaeology.org/
2014 (C. Pearce and W. Green) Plant Remains from Iowaville. Journal of the Iowa Archeological Society 61:47-56.
2014 Identity, Ideology, and the Effigy Mound–Oneota Transformation. In Archaeology, Biogeography, and Zooarchaeology: A Tribute to the Legacy and Career of James L. Theler, edited by Matthew G. Hill. The Wisconsin Archeologist 95(2):44-72.
2014 (E. Starck and W. Green) Shattered Saucers, Broken Bottles, and Family Identity: Historical Archaeology on the Beloit College Campus. The Wisconsin Archeologist 95:110-112.
2014 (D. Bartlett, N. Meister, and W. Green) Employing Museum Objects in Undergraduate Liberal Arts Education. Informal Learning Review 124:3-6.
2013 (W. Green, G. Mutri, and W. Thompson) North African Archaeological Collections at the Logan Museum of Anthropology: Overview and Research Potential. Quaternary International 320:75-82.
2013 (S. Schwartz and W. Green) Middle Ground or Native Ground?: Material Culture at Iowaville. Ethnohistory 60(4):537-565.
2013 Review of G. Gibbon, “The Archaeology of Minnesota: The Prehistory of the Upper Mississippi River Region.” Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 38:Online Book Reviews.
2012 (W. Green, M. Rivera, and H. Moy) Obituary: Daniel E. Shea. The SAA Archaeological Record 12(4):57.
2012 (C. Brown and W. Green) Botanical Remains Analysis. In Archaeological Study of Iowaville, a 1765–1824 Ioway (Báxoje) Village in Van Buren County, edited by C. Peterson, pp. 149-164. Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, Iowa City.
2012 (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, and S. Kasten, pp. 29-48. Beloit College Press.
2012 (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
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.
2016 (W. Green, D. Bartlett, N. Meister, and K. Quave) Campus-Wide Undergraduate Engagement with Anthropological Collections. Paper presented in the panel “Anthropology Collections and University Engagement: A Different Paradigm” at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, Washington, DC.
2016 (W. Green and R. Rodell) “The Wisconsin Idea” and the Production of Archaeological Knowledge during the Progressive Era, ca. 1900-1930. Invited paper presented in the symposium “Collaborations and Competition between Professionals and Nonprofessionals in the Production of Archaeological Knowledge in the Americas” at the 81st annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, FL.
2015 Archaeology on/of the Campus. Paper presented in the symposium “Campus Archaeologies in the Midwest” at the 61st annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Milwaukee, WI.
2015 Plant Remains from Wall Ridge (13ML176), A Glenwood (Nebraska Variant) Site in Southwestern Iowa. Invited poster presented in the symposium “The Wall Ridge Site—The Archaeology of a Central Plains Tradition Dispersed Household” at the 73rd Plains Anthropological Conference, Iowa City, IA.
2015 Revisiting the Wisconsin Origin Hypothesis for the Awaxawi and Hidatsa-Proper Subgroups of the Hidatsas. Invited paper presented in the symposium “People of the Willows: Research Themes in the Study of Hidatsa Origins, Archaeology, History, and Culture” at the 73rd Plains Anthropological Conference, Iowa City, IA.
2014 Plains Village and Mississippian Agricultural Systems and the Question of Swidden. Paper presented in the symposium on “Recent Research in Midwestern Paleoethnobotany” at the 60th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Champaign, IL.
2014 Museum Resources for North African Archaeology: The Collections of the Logan Museum of Anthropology. Paper presented in the symposium on “Early Prehistory in Africa” at the 79th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, TX.
2013 (W. Green, D. Bartlett, and N. Meister) The Logan Museum of Anthropology: An Evolving Undergraduate Laboratory. Paper presented in the symposium on “Museum Evolution: How University Museums Continue to Advance Anthropology” at the 112th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago.
2013 (W. Green and R. Rodell) “A Standard Method”: George H. Squier’s Review of the 1914 Excavation at the White Mound Group, Vernon County, Wisconsin. Paper presented at the 59th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Columbus, OH.
2013 (R. Rodell and W. Green) “The Fact Should Be Found in the Artifacts”: George Hull Squier, George Arbor West and the Interpretation of Aztalan. Paper presented at the 59th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Columbus, OH.
2012 Frontiers, Climaxes, and Shmoos. Invited paper presented at the session in memory of Robert L. Hall, 58th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, East Lansing, MI.
2012 (C. Brown and W. Green) Plant Remains from Iowaville, a Historic Ioway Indian Site on the Des Moines River. Paper presented at the 58th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, East Lansing, MI.
2012 (W. Green, W. Billeck, F. Swenson, and G. Holley) Glass Bead Inlaid Pottery from North and South Dakota. Poster presented at the 70th annual Plains Anthropological Conference, Saskatoon, SK.
2012 (W. Green and C. Rankin) Great Oasis Plant Use: New Data from Broken Kettle West (13PM25). Paper presented at the 70th annual Plains Anthropological Conference, Saskatoon, SK.
2012 (W. Green and G. Mutri) North African Archaeological Collections at the Logan Museum of Anthropology: Overview and Research Potential. Invited paper presented in the symposium on Northwest African prehistory, annual meeting of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists, Toronto.
2012 Potential of Nondestructive Chemical Analysis in the Museum. Paper presented at the symposium on “Unlocking the Past: Archaeological Applications of Analytical Chemistry,” sponsored by the American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry, Beloit College.
2011 Transition, Reorganization, Replacement? Political and Economic Change in the North American Midcontinent, ca. A.D. 200-400. Paper presented at the 110th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal.
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.
Gast Farm (13LA12), Louisa County, Iowa. November 2016. Geophysical survey to map features at prehistoric Woodland village sites and mounds.
South Beloit, Illinois (11Wo504). May and August, 2012. Testing to locate and evaluate Ke-Chunk (Turtle Village), a historic Ho-Chunk community.
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, and in 2015 he was elected to a 2-year term as the RPA Registrar. 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.
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