George Gumerman, IV, PhD

George Gumerman, IV Professor, Director of NAU's Honors Program
Northern Arizona University
Phone: 928-523-3498


  • archaeology
  • complex societies
  • paleoethnobotany
  • food and culture
  • the Andes mountains
  • public archaeology


BA, University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne

MA, PhD, University of California-Los Angeles 1991


George Gumerman IV is currently researching prehistoric food and culture on the north coast of Peru. The Moche Foodways Archaeological Project aims to understand Moche culture through the study of food. Moche culture is consumed by death, warfare, and human sacrifice. Gumerman’s discovery of a large funerary feasting complex at the extraordinary site of El Brujo indicates that feasting also revolved around death. 

Gumerman also has a broad interest in public archaeology including the development of an interactive educational CD-ROM: TheInteractive Archaeology of the Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau. Students create a virtual museum exhibit by exploring who lived in the Grand Canyon and how they existed.

In addition, Gumerman is collaborating with the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, educators, elders, and archaeologists, to develop a Hopi culture curriculum for Hopi schools. The Hopi Footprints project is an incredible opportunity to improve teacher quality that uses archaeology and elder oral history as a foundation to build a standards-based cultural curriculum.