Greg Pierce became the Wyoming State Archaeologist in August 2014 and holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. Greg has conducted research and fieldwork in the southeastern United States and the American West. His research interests include contact studies, trade systems, cut mark analysis, dendrochronology, and the use of GIS in archaeological analysis. Currently his work focuses on examining the impact of Euroamerican trade items on indigenous cultural systems on the High Plains and in the Central Rocky Mountains during the 18th and 19th centuries.
As the State Archaeologist, Greg is responsible under State Statute 36-4-106(d) for archaeological research, public outreach, publication, and collections management. To accomplish these goals, Greg believes it is necessary to actively involve professional archaeologists, avocational archaeologists, and members of the interested public in the investigation, interpretation, protection, and preservation of our collective past. As an Adjunct with the UW Department of Anthropology, he also teaches the Public Archaeology class.
B.A. 2002, University of Arizona
M.A. 2010, East Carolina University
Ph.D. 2015, University of Wyoming
- 2015 (Pierce, Greg and Mark E. Miller) In Search of the Fraeb Battlefield, August 1841. The Plains Anthropologist 60(235)223-245.
- 2015 Re-examining Contact on the High Plains and Rocky Mountain Regions of the West. Unpublished PhD dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Laramie.
- 2013 The Prehistoric Occupation of Lake Phelps. North Carolina Archaeology 62:100-123.
- 2012 Negotiating the West: A History of Wyoming Trading Posts. The Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, Cheyenne.
- 2012 Wyoming’s 19th Century Trading Posts. National Register of Historic Inventory- Multiple Property Document on file, National Register of Historic Places, National Parks Service, Washington, DC.
- 2010 A Synthesis of the Prehistoric Archaeological Investigations of Lake Phelps (31WH12), Washington County, North Carolina. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Department of Anthropology, East Carolina University, Greenville.
- 2015 Elemental Analysis as an Alternative Dating Method. Presented at the 73rd annual Plains Anthropological Conference, Iowa City, Iowa.
- 2015 Re-examining contact on the High Plains and Rocky Mountain regions of the West. Presented at the annual WAPA/WAS spring meeting, Riverton, Wyoming.
- 2014 Alternative Dating Methods. Paper presented to the Casper Chapter of the Wyoming Archaeological Society, Casper.
- 2014 Alternative Dating Methods. Paper presented to the Sheridan Chapter of the Wyoming Archaeological Society, Sheridan.
- 2014 (Pierce, Greg, and Damian Kirkwood) Finding the Protohistoric: Cutmark Analysis as a Dating Method. Presented at the 72nd annual Plains Anthropological Conference, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
- 2014 Elemental Analysis of Glass Trade Beads as a Chronometric Measure. Presented to the George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, Laramie, Wyoming.
- 2012 Archaeological Investigations of Fraeb’s Post: Preliminary Results. Presented at the Plains Anthropological Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
- 2011 The 21st Century Status of Wyoming's 19th Century Trading Posts. Presented at the annual WAPA/WAS spring meeting, Sheridan, WY.
- 2011 The Archaeology of Wyoming’s 19th Century Trading Posts. Paper presented to the June Frison Chapter of the Wyoming Archaeological Society, Laramie, Wyoming.