Francis E. Smiley, IV, PhD
BA, University of Colorado-Boulder
MA, University of Wyoming
PhD, University of Michigan 1985
- method and theory
- early agricultural and hunter-gatherer societies
- chronometric studies
- US Southwest, High Plains, North America
Dr. Francis E. Smiley is a professor of anthropology and
Internship Coordinator in the Department of Anthropology at Northern Arizona
University. Smiley is the producer,
director, and editor of the new video documentary Applying Anthropology.
Smiley’s research interests range from method and theory in
archaeological chronometry, to faunal and lithic analyses, to computer
simulation and Geographic Information Systems.
His primary research focus continues to be small-scale
societies and the transition to agriculture.
Dr. Smiley has worked in several locations in the northern Southwest,
the American High Plains, northern Europe, and the southwestern United States.
Dr. Smiley has been a frequent speaker in the K-12 schools.
Current research and applied projects
Colorado Plateau Agricultural Origins Project
The Colorado Plateau Agricultural Origins Project, directed
by Dr. Francis Smiley, is in its tenth year of archaeological investigations in
the Butler Wash area of southeastern Utah.
The project investigates the origins of agriculture and the development
of tribal societies in the northern Southwest.
The project has trained numerous undergraduate
and graduate students in field archaeology and operates under the auspices of
the US Bureau of Land Management out of Monticello, UT.