I am a zooarchaeologist and historical archaeologist with primary interests in the experiences of Native Americans and Europeans in the colonial period. I am interested in the consequences of European colonization of North America, specifically the introduction of Eurasian livestock into indigenous subsistence systems, the effect of livestock on North American landscapes, and the integration of indigenous labor into expanding European market economies. I work both in the southeastern and southwestern regions of North America. In both regions I am interested in the role of Native American labor and animal husbandry products in the emergence of global economies in the 18th century. I am also the zooarchaeologist for James Madison's Montpelier and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
Degree TypeBADegree DetailsBinghamton University (1996)
Degree TypePhDDegree DetailsUniversity of Georgia (2001)
I teach courses on a variety of topics for both graduate and undergraduate students, and have developed and taught eight different courses over the course of my career. I currently teach a four-credit 120-student general education laboratory course (ANTH 222: Introduction to Ecological and Evolutionary Anthropology). This course is an expanded version of a course for which I won the University of Arizona’s Provost’s General Education Teaching Award in 2009 . I teach Introduction to Zooarchaeology (ANTH 341/641), a hands-on laboratory methods course for undergraduate and graduate students. I also teach an undergraduate and graduate level seminar (ANTH 455/635: Culture Contact and Colonialism in the Americas), and an Honor's seminar (HONR 239N: Colonial Consequences: American Archaeology in the Era of Colonialism).
My research addresses Native American and European experiences in the early colonial period, particularly from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries. I am interested in the consequences of European colonization of North America, specifically the introduction of Eurasian livestock into indigenous subsistence systems, the effect of livestock on North American landscapes, and the integration of indigenous labor into expanding European market economies. The technical approach that I take to this research is zooarchaeology, the study of non-human animal remains from archaeological contexts. I work both in the southeastern and southwestern regions of North America. In both regions I am interested in the role of Native American labor and animal husbandry products in the emergence of global economies in the 18th century.
Mathwich, Nicole, and Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman (2018) Bureaucratic Reforms on the Frontier: Zooarchaeological and Historical Perspectives on the 1767 Jesuit Expulsion in the Pimería Alta. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 52:156-166.
Pavao-Zuckerman, Barnet, Tracie Mayfield, Chance Copperstone, and H. Thomas Foster (2018) “Horned Cattle and Packhorses”: Zooarchaeological Legacy Collections from the Unauthorized (and Unscreened) Spanish Fort”. Southeastern Archaeology 37(3):190-203.
Pavao-Zuckerman, Barnet, Derek T. Anderson, and Matthew Reeves (2018) Dining with the Madisons: Elite Consumption at Montpelier. Historical Archaeology 52(2):372-396.
Grimstead, Deanna N. and Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman (2016) Historical continuity in Sonoran Desert free-range ranching practices: Carbon, oxygen, and strontium isotope evidence from two 18th-century missions. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 7:37-47.
Pavao-Zuckerman, Barnet, Trica Oshant Hawkins, Stanley Bond (2016) Linking Students to Latino Heritage Through Archaeology. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage 3(3):202-219.
Pavao-Zuckerman, Barnet and Diana Loren (2012) Presentation is Everything: Foodways, Tableware and Colonial Identity at Presidio Los Adaes. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 16(4):199-226.
Reitz, Elizabeth J., Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman, Daniel C. Weinand, and Gwyneth A. Duncan (2010) Mission and Pueblo of Santa Catalina de Guale, St. Catherines Island, Georgia: A Comparative Zooarchaeological Analysis. Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, No. 91, New York, NY. ISBN-13: 978-1939302175
Pavao-Zuckerman, Barnet (2011) Rendering Economies: Native American Labor and Secondary Animal Products in the Eighteenth-Century Pimería Alta. American Antiquity 76(1):3-23.
Pavao-Zuckerman, Barnet (2007) Deerskins and Domesticates: Creek Subsistence and Economic Strategies in the Historic Period. American Antiquity 72(1):5-33.
Pavao-Zuckerman, Barnet and Vincent LaMotta (2007) Missionization and Economic Change in the Pimería Alta: The Zooarchaeology of Mission San Agustín del Tucson. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 11(3):241-268.
Pavao-Zuckerman, Barnet (2000) Vertebrate Subsistence in the Mississippian-Historic Period Transition. Southeastern Archaeology 19(2):135-144.
Pavao, Barnet and Peter W. Stahl (1999) Structural Density Assays of Leporid Skeletal Elements with Implications for Taphonomic, Actualistic and Archaeological Research. Journal of Archaeological Science 26(1):53-66.
Siobhan Summers (MAA, University of Maryland, 2018)PhD student, University of Florida
Nicole Mathwich (PhD, University of Arizona, 2018)Assistant Professor of Anthropology, San Diego State University
Scott Oliver (MAA, University of Maryland, 2017)Assistant Lab Manager, Veteran's Curation Program
Ben Curry (PhD, University of Arizona, 2017)Archaeologist, Environmental Science Associates
Tracie Mayfield (PhD, University of Arizona, 2015)Lecturer, University of Southern California
Chance Copperstone (MA, University of Arizona, 2014)Field Director, Faunal Analyst, & Osteologist, Tierra Right of Way Services
Donelle Huffer (MA, University of Arizona, 2013)Vanishing Treasures Archaeologist, Grand Canyon National Park
Lauren Jelinek (PhD, University of Arizona, 2012)Archaeologist, Bureau of Reclamation
Kelly Jenks (PhD, University of Arizona, 2011)Associate Professor of Anthropology, New Mexico State University
Deanna Grimstead (PhD, University of Arizona, 2011)Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Ohio State University
Ashley Blythe Haverstock (MA, University of Arizona, 2009)Assistant Forest Archaeologist, U.S. Forest Service - Inyo National Forest
Rachel Diaz de Valdes (MA, University of Arizona, 2007)Training and Development Manager, Amgen
Daniel Broockmann (MA, University of Arizona, 2007)Archaeologist, Bureau of Land Management
Michael Margolis (MA, University of Arizona, 2007)ENERCON Cultural Resources Line Leader/Archaeologist
- Valerie M. J. Hall
- Elizabeth McCague
- Gabriela Ruiz Velez
- Cameron Walker