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Brandi Bethke

Lab Director

Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2016

M.A. University of Exeter, 2011

B.A. Augustana University, 2010


Research Interests

As the Laboratory Director for the Oklahoma Archeological Survey I oversee the processing of collections for analysis and curation, student internship opportunities, and public outreach initiatives.

My current research focuses on understanding the interaction between humans, animals, and the landscape in the North American Plains from the late Precontact period to the present day through the integration of zooarchaeology, ethnohistory, computer modeling, and Indigenous knowledge. My dissertation research examined the extent to which the adoption of the horse altered landscape uses, bison hunting practices, and worldviews of the Blackfoot people in the US and Canada. I have conducted field, laboratory, and ethnographic research on projects in Oklahoma, Montana, Alberta, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Portugal, Italy, and the UK. 

Plains archaeology; Contact period; zooarchaeology; Indigenous responses to Euroamerican colonialism; cultural landscapes; geographic information systems (GIS); applied anthropology; collaborative research; laboratory methods 

Selected Publications

William A. White and Brandi Bethke. 2018. Landscapes of Resilience at the Cut Bank Boarding School, Montana. Under contract for Indigenous Perspectives on Historical Archaeology of Colonialism, edited by Tiina Äikäs and Anna-Kaisa Salmi. Berghahn Books, Oxford. 

Brandi Bethke. 2017. The Archaeology of Pastoralist Landscapes in the Northwestern Plains. American Antiquity 82(4):798-816.

Brandi Bethke, M. N. Zedeño, Geoffery Jones, and Matthew Pailes. 2016. Complementary Approaches to the Identification of Bison Processing for Storage at the Kutoyis Complex, Montana.  Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports

Brandi Bethke. 2016. A Networked Landscape: Meaningful Places along the NIOB and MNRR. Practicing Anthropology 38: 11-14. 

Technical Reports:

Brandi Bethke. 2016. Analysis of Vertebrate Faunal Remains from the 2013 Excavations at the Cut Bank Boarding School: Site 24GL0302, Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Glacier County, Montana. Prepared for the Blackfeet Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Brandi Bethke and Cannon S. Daughtrey. 2014. An Archaeological Excavation of Two Tipi Rings and One Cairn for the Proposed Reroute of State Highway 89: Sites 24GL0942 and 24GL0943, Glacier County, Montana. Prepared for the Montana Department of Transportation. Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson. 

M.N. Zedeño, Jesse A. Ballenger, Matthew Pailes, Francois Lanoë, and Brandi Bethke. 2014. St. Mary Bridge Site (24GL203), MT Archaeological Research, Progress Report (3.10.14). Prepared for Glacier National Park. Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Brandi Bethke, M.N. Zedeño, and Kacy Hollenback. 2013. Ethnographic Overview and Assessment of Native American Resources in the Niobrara Scenic River and Missouri National Recreational River. Prepared for the National Park Service, Midwest Region. Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson.