William Whitehead

  William Whitehead



  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, May 2007
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A., B.A., Washington University in St. Louis

Current Courses Taught

  • Anthro 110: The Human Experience, How to Think Anthropologically
  • Anthro 230: South American Archaeology
  • Anthro 110: Introduction to Anthropology
  • Anthro 323: Paleoethnobotany




Recent Publications and Presentations

  • “Middle and Late Formative Ceremonialism: the 2003 through 2006 Field Seasons of the Taraco Archaeological Project,” paper presented by Christine Hastorf, Matt Bandy, Emily Dean, Ruth Fontenla, Kathryn Killackey, Eduardo Machicado, Katherine Moore, Andy Roddick, Lee Steadman and William T.  Whitehead, 47th annual meeting of the Institute of Andean Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Jan. 12 and 13, 2007.
  • Radiocarbon Dating.  In Kala Uyuni: An Early Political Center in the Southern Lake Titicaca Basin, edited by Matthew S. Bandy and Christine A. Hastorf.  Contributions of the University of California, Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility. Number 64, pp 13-17.  2007
  • “The Movements of Maize: The Path of Maize at Middle Horizon Tiwanaku, Bolivia,” Christine A. Hastorf, William T. Whitehead and Maria C. Bruno, in the volume “Histories of Maize II,” edited by John Staller, Bruce Benz and Michael Cohen, Academic Press/Elvesier Press, San Diego, 2006.
  • “Report of the 2005 excavation season of the Taraco Archaeological Project,” Christine A. Hastorf, Matthew S. Bandy and William T. Whitehead, editors, manuscript submitted to Instituto Nacional de Arqueología. La Paz Bolivia, June 2006.
  • “Modeling Diet at Chiripa, a Formative Village in the Altiplano, Using Isotopic and Paleoethnobotanical Evidence,” in the sponsored session for Bruce D. Smith, Fryxell Award recipient, 71st annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2006.
  • “Redefining Plant Use at the Site of Chiripa, Bolivia: A Formative Site in the Lake Titicaca Basin, ” in “Andean Archaeology III,” edited by William Isbell and Helaine Silverman, Kluwer Press, New York, 2006.
  • “Domesticated plant remains from Conchopata, a Wari ceremonial site in the Ayacucho Valley,” Kelsey Green and William T. Whitehead, Poster Session in South American Archaeology, 71st annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2006.



Areas of Interest

  • Prehistory of South America, paleoethnobotany of the Americas
  • Domestication of Chenopodium quinoa, Solanum tuberosum, Scheonoplectus totora
  • Stable isotope research of organic carbon and nitrogen in relation to ecological food webs and diet reconstruction in humans
  • Incorporation of photography, database and World Wide Web technologies in field and museum research