Marcel Kornfeld, PhD

Department of Anthropology
University of Wyoming
1000 East University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071



• (1994) PhD, Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Pull of the Hills: Affluent Foragers of the Western Black Hills)
• (1982) MA, Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Laramie (Stockraising Settlement Strategies)
• (1974) BA, Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Research Interest

His research interest includes archeology, theory and method, paleoindians, egalitarian hunter-gatherers, cultural evolution, chipped stone technology, zooarchaeology, gender, archeological taphonomy, North America.

Scientific Activities


• (2008) PROFESSOR, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming; Michael Harkin, James Ahern, Department Heads
• (2002-2008) ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Audrey Shalinsky, Robert Kelly, and Michael Harkin Department Heads
• (1996-2002) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Audrey Shalinsky, Department Head
• (1996-2010) DIRECTOR, George C. Frison Institute of Archeology and Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Oliver Walter, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
• (1988-1996) ADJUNCT TO VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Department of Anthropology, University 2 of Wyoming. Ann Slater and George Gill, Department Heads
• (1985- 1987) TEACHING ASSISTANT, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Sylvia H. Foreman, chair
• (1978) TEACHING ASSISTANT, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, G.C. Frison, department head


1. Morrow JE, Fiedel SJ, Kornfeld M, Johnson DL, Rutledge M, Wood WR. Pre-Clovis in Texas: A Critical Assessment of the Buttermilk Creek Complex. J Archaeol Sci. 2012; 39(12): 3677-3682.
2. Holliday VT, Meltzer DJ. “The 12.9ka ET Impact Hypothesis and North American Paleoindians”. Curr Anthropol. 2010; 51(5): 592-593. Web site.
3. Mayer JH, Reider RG, Kornfeld M. The Geoarcheological and Paleoenvironmental contexts of Paleoindian sites in the western Middle Park of Colorado, USA. Geoarchaeology. 2010; 25(2): 151-194. doi:10.1002/gea.20305
4. Kornfeld M, Tabarev A. The French Connection? Or is it? Current Research Pleistocene. 2009; 26: 78-81.
5. Fedorchenko O, Kornfeld M, Finley J, Larson ML. Last Canyon Cave: Pleistocene fauna and their implications. Current Research Pleistocene. 2009; 26: 58-60.
6. Prasciunas M, Frison GC, Miller M, Kornfeld M. Clovis in Wyoming. Current Research Pleistocene. 2008; 25: 135-138.
7. Kornfeld M, Larson ML. Bonebeds and other Myths: Paleoindian to Archaic Transition on the North American Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. ICAZ 2006: Zooarchaeology of the Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene in the Americas and Zooarcheological Evidence of the Ancient Maya and Their Environment, Guest editors Emery KF, Götz CM, Hill ME, Arroyo-Cabrales J. 2008. pp. 18-33. Quaternary International 191.
8. Kornfeld M, Larson ML, Arnold C, Weiwel A, Toft M, Stanford DJ. The Nelson Site, A Cody Occupation in Northeastern Colorado. Plains Anthropol. 2007; 52(203): 257-278. doi:10.1179/pan.2007.018
9. Ruthann K, Kornfeld M. A new date for the James Allen site, Laramie Basin, Wyoming. Current Research Pleistocene. 2007; 24: 112-114.
10. Haynes G, Anderson DG, Ferring CR, et al. The age range of Clovis and its manner of dispersal are still not known for certain. Science. 2007; 317: 1126.
11. Finley JB, Kornfeld M, Frison GC, Finley CC, Bies MT. Rockshelter archaeology and geology in the Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming. Plains Anthropol. 2005; 50(195): 227-248. doi: 10.1179/pan.2005.022
12. Mayer JH, Surovell TA, Waguespack NM, Kornfeld M, Reider RG, Frison GC. Geoarchaeology of the Barger Gulch Locality B Folsom Site, Middle Park, Colorado, USA. Geoarchaeology. 2005; 20(6): 599-625.
13. Surovell TA, Waguespack NM, Mayer JH, Kornfeld M, Frison GC. Shallow site archaeology: Artifact dispersal, stratigraphy, and radiocarbon dating at Barger Gulch, Locality B. Geoarchaeology. 2005; 20(6): 627-650. doi:10.1002/gea.20071
14. Shanks OC, Kornfeld M, Ream W. DNA and Protein Recovery from Washed Experimental Stone Tools. Archeometry. 2004; 46(4): 663-672. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4754.2004.00181.x
15. Shanks OC, Hodges L, Tilley L, Kornfeld M, Larson ML, Ream W. DNA from ancient stone tools and bones excavated at Bugas-Holding, Wyoming. J Archaeol Sci. 2004; 32(1): 27-38. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2004.06.004
16. Haynes CV, Kornfeld M, Frison GC. New geochronological and archaeological data for the Sheaman Clovis Site, Eastern Wyoming, USA. Geoarchaeology. 2004; 19(4): 369-379. doi:10.1002/gea.10121
17. Kornfeld M, Larson ML, Rapson DJ, Frison GC. 10,000 Years in the Middle Rocky Mountains: The Lookingbill Site. J Field Archaeology. 2001; 28(3/4): 1-18.
18. Finley JB, Finley C, Kornfeld M, Frison GC. Below Folsom at Two Moon: Paleoamericans and rockshelters in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains. Current Research Pleistocene. 2003; 20: 18-20.
19. Todd A. Surovell, Nicole M. Waguespack, and Marcel Kornfeld. A note on the function of Folsom ultrathins. Current research Pleistocene. 2003; 20: 75-77.
20. Finley JB, Andrews BN, Kornfeld M, Frison GC. Two Moon: A Folsom rockshelter occupation in the Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming. Current Research Pleistocene. 2002; 19: 22-25.
21. Knell ED, Hill MG, Izeta A, Kornfeld M, Frison GC, Vance Haynes C. Locality III Cody occupation of the Hell Gap Site. Current Research Pleistocene. 2002; 19: 49-52.
22. Kornfeld M, Frison GC, Patrice White, Paleoindian occupation of Barger Gulch and the use of Troublesome Formation chert. Current Research Pleistocene. 2001; 18: 32-34.
23. Waguespack NM, Surovell T, Kornfeld M, Frison GC. Barger Gulch Locality B: The Folsom Occupation. Current Research Pleistocene. 2001; 18: 58-60.
24. Kornfeld M, Frison GC. Paleoindian Occupation of the High Country: The Case of Middle Park, Colorado. Plains Anthropol. 2000; 45(172): 129-153. Web site.
25. Kornfeld M, Frison GC, Larson ML, Miller JC, Saysette J. Paleoindian Bison Procurement and Paleoenvironments in the Middle Park of Colorado. Geoarchaeology. 1999; 14(7): 655-674. Web site. href=
26. Shanks O, Kornfeld M, Hawk D. Protein analysis of Bugas-Holding tools: New trends in immunological studies. J Archaeological Science. 1999; 26(9): 1183-1191. doi:10.1006/jasc.1998.0353
27. Hill MG, Kornfeld M, Frison GC. Inferring season of kill for a Cody complex bison bonebed in the Middle Park, Colorado. Current Research Pleistocene. 1999; 16: 30-32.
28. Kornfeld M. Clovis at Hell Gap? Current Research Pleistocene. 1999; 16: 46-48.
29. Larson ML, Kornfeld M. Chipped Stone Nodules: Theory, Method, and Examples. Lithic Technology. 1997; 22(1): 5-18. doi:10.1080/01977261.1997.11754530
30. Kornfeld M. The Big Game Focus: Reinterpreting the Archeological Record of Cantabrian Upper Paleolithic Economy. Current Anthropol. 1996; 37(4): 629-657. doi:10.1086/204534
31. Kornfeld M, Wedel DL, Craig C, Ingbar E, Reher CA, Frison GC. Settlement and Subsistence in the Western Black Hills, In 40 Something: The River Basin Surveys, edited by and K. Banks, 1994; pp. 191-219, Journal of the North Dakota Archeological Association Volume 5.
32. Kornfeld M, Akoshima K, Frison GC. Stone Tool Caching on the U.S. Plains: Implications from the McKean Site Tool Kit. J Field Archeology. 1990; 17(3): 301-309. doi:10.1179/009346990791548222
33. Kornfeld M, Frison GC, Akoshima K. Caching in on Stores: Expedient Use of Curated Tools. Wyoming Archeologist. 1990; 33(1 and 2): 1-21. Web site.
34. Kornfeld M. The Rocky Foolsm Site: A Small Folsom Assemblage from the Northwestern Plains. North American Archeologist. 1988; 9(3): 197-222. Web site.
35. Kornfeld M. A Model of High Plains and Intermountain Stockraising Settlement System. North American Archeologist. 1983; 4(1): 51-62. Web site.
36. Kornfeld M. Early Early Man in North America and Where to Look for Him: A Reply. Plains Anthropologist. 1980; 25(90): 357-362. Web site.