Dr. Teresa A. Wriston

Assistant Research Professor Anthropology
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geoarchaeology, geoarchaeologist, archaeological science, stable isotopes, hunter-gatherer studies, archaeological sensitivity modeling, environmental reconstruction, climate change, archeology

Dr. Wriston is a geoarchaeologist interested in how past cultures coped or adapted to changing environmental conditions. She uses a broad interdisciplinary approach to build environmental contexts that show how prehistoric people used the landscape and what resources were targeted. Dr. Wriston’s work often draws from geomorphology, soils, remote sensing, ecology, and isotope ecology. Her recent research includes reconstructing the lake level history of pluvial Lake Warner in southcentral Oregon in relation to Late Pleistocene to Early Holocene age archaeological evidence; using the stable isotope signatures of ostrich eggshell beads and fragments to identify local specimens and interpret changing paleoenvironments; archaeological excavation of Impala and Ngabaa rockshelters in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe; and environmental reconstruction of the same using nearby river cut stratigraphic exposures, hand augered samples, isotopic signatures, and OSL to determine periods of reactivation in a stabilized Kalahari dune. Dr. Wriston is now expanding her geographic focus from the western United States and southern Africa to include Alaska.

Dr. Wriston has over 15 years of archaeological experience and a strong background in consulting services. She has led many Class III cultural resource inventories and archaeological site excavations. In addition, she has experience in archaeological laboratory management, Class I literature reviews, and Class II sample design and inventory. 

Research Areas of Interest 

  • Hunter-gatherers
  • Prehistoric landscape use
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Spatial analysis
  • Geomorphology
  • Soils
  • Luminescence dating
  • Paleoenvironmental research
  • Archaeological sensitivity modeling/predictive modeling
  • Isotope analysis
  • Remote sensing

Current Research Projects 

  • Lake level and environmental reconstruction of Warner Valley, Oregon during the Late Pleistocene to Holocene transition, UNR
  • Owyhee County, Idaho Archaeological Sensitivity Modeling, Gnomon, Inc. and BLM
  • Preliminary assessment of coring locations in the Middle Susitna Valley, Alaska, Adelphi University
  • Comparison of assemblages from Great Basin Rockshelters and Caves with nearby open sites

Education

Degree

Year

Institution

Area              

Ph.D.

2013

 University of Nevada, Reno 

Anthropology with Enviro. Archaeology emphasis

M.A.

2003

 University of Nevada, Reno

Anthropology with Enviro. Archaeology emphasis

B.A.

1996

 Colorado State University

Anthropology with minor in History

Publications and Presentations

Wriston, Teresa and Gary Haynes (In prep). Excavations of Mid-to-Late Holocene Archaeological Sites in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe: Impala Shelter, Ngabaa Shelter, and Kapula Vlei.

Wriston, Teresa and Gary Haynes (In prep). d87Sr, d13C, and d18O Stable Isotope Analyses of Ostrich Eggshell Beads from Impala Shelter, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe: Sourcing, Hxaro Trade, and Paleoenvironmental Implications.

Wriston, Teresa and Geoffrey Smith (In prep). The Pluvial Lake History of Warner Valley, Oregon and its Impact on Prehistoric Land Use.

Wriston, Teresa, Gary Haynes, and Craig Skinner (In prep). A Glassy Basalt Microlithic Crescent from Zimbabwe and the Importance of Finding its Source.

Wriston, Teresa and Gary Haynes (Accepted). Sediments, soils, and the expansion of farmers into a forager's world: a geoarchaeological study of the mid-to-late Holocene in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Quaternary International.

Smith, Geoffrey, Teresa A. Wriston, Donald D. Pattee, and Danielle C. Felling (2015).The Surface Paleoindian Record of Northern Warner Valley, Oregon, and its Bearing on the Temporal and Cultural Separation of Clovis and Western Stemmed Points in the Northern Great Basin. Paleoamerica 1(4): 360-373.

Wriston, Teresa and Gary Haynes (2015). Environmental Conditions of Northwestern Zimbabwe during the Transition from Foraging to Farming. Invited lecture for From Taphonomy to Human Ecology: Papers in Honor of Gary Haynes Symposium at the 80th Annual Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Conference, San Francisco, California.

Wriston, Teresa (2014). Symposium Chair. Geoarchaeology in the Great Basin. The Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Boise, Idaho.

Wriston, Teresa and Mark B. Estes (2014). Geoarchaeology in the Black Rock: Environmental Context and Archaeological Assemblage of Middle and Late Archaic Housepits in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. The Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Boise, Idaho.

Wriston, Teresa and Geoffrey M. Smith (2014). The “Old Dirt” and Paleoindians of Warner Valley, Oregon. Invited lecture for The Cramer Endowments, Private Funding, and the Search for the First Americans Symposium at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Conference, Austin, Texas.

Wriston, Teresa and Gary Haynes (2013). Late Holocene Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe: Using Sediments, Soils, and Isotopes to Address the Transition from Foraging to Farming. The Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.

Wriston, Teresa and Geoffrey Smith (2012). The Pluvial Lake History of Warner Valley, Oregon and its Impact on Prehistoric Land Use. The Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Stateline, Nevada.

Wriston, Teresa and Gary Haynes (2012). Sediments, Soils, and the End of the Stone Age. Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA) 21st Biennial Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Wriston, Teresa and Gary Haynes (2012). Geoarchaeological Analysis of Mid-to-Late Holocene Environments in Zimbabwe. Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN.

Smith, Geoffrey, Teresa Wriston and Kristina Wiggins (2012). A First Glimpse into Deep Time in Warner Valley: Preliminary Results of a Survey for Paleoindian Sites in South-Central Oregon. Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN.

Haynes, Gary and Teresa Wriston (2011). Still a Puzzle: The Origins of Early Farming in Northwestern Zimbabwe. XVIII Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research, Bern, Switzerland.

Wriston, Teresa and Gary Haynes (2011). Geoarchaeological Investigations in Northwestern Zimbabwe. Poster presented at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Annual Meeting, Sacramento, California.

Haynes, Gary, Simon Makuvaza, and Teresa Wriston (2011). The Bumbusi Petroglyphs and Paintings in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe: Preliminary Results of Recording and Excavations in Rockshelters. Zimbabwean Prehistory: Journal of the Prehistory Society of Zimbabwe 29: 12-25.

Wriston, Teresa and Gary Haynes (2009). Preliminary Results of Archaeological Excavations in Impala and Ngabaa Rockshelters, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Nyame Akuma 72:61-66.

Wriston, Teresa (2009). The Middle Holocene Period and Great Basin Archaeology: Past Ideas, Current Trends, and Future Research. InPast, Present and Future Issues in Great Basin Archaeology: Essays in Honor of Don D. Fowler, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Cultural Resource Series No. 20, edited by Bryan Hockett, pp. 218-241. U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington D.C.

Wriston, Teresa (2009). Paleoenvironmental Research in Hwange National Park. Invited Lecturer at the National University for Science and Technology (NUST), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Wriston, Teresa and Gary Haynes (2009) Excavations at Impala and Ngabaa Rockshelters, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia.

Wriston, Teresa (2008). Prehistoric Occupation of the Desert Dry Lake Basin. Proceedings of the 2007 Three Corners Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wriston, Teresa (2006). The Middle Holocene in the Great Basin. Invited paper for the symposium in honor of Dr. Don Fowler. The Great Basin Anthropology Conference (GBAC), Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wriston, Teresa (2005). Ethnohistoric Adaptations in the Carson Desert. Nevada Archaeologist, Volumes 20 & 21, pp. 49-55.

Wriston, Teresa (2005). Ethnohistoric Adaptations to Water Level Fluctuations and Euroamerican Settlement in the Carson Desert, Nevada. Invited speaker for the Washoe Cultural Resources Training Program, Minden, Nevada.

Wriston, Teresa (2005). Ethnohistoric Adaptations in the Carson Desert, Nevada. Poster presented at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Wriston, Teresa (2004). Ethnohistoric Period Adaptations in the Carson Desert, Nevada. Paper presented at the 29th Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Sparks, Nevada.

Wriston, Teresa (2003). The Weed Lake Ditch Site: An Early Holocene Occupation on the Shore of Pluvial Lake Malheur, Harney Basin, Oregon. Poster presented at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Wriston, Teresa (2002). The Weed Lake Ditch Site: A Northern Great Basin Haskett Site Associated with the Early Holocene Highstand of Pluvial Lake Malheur. Paper presented at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC) Elko, NV.

Wriston, Teresa and Fred Nials (2002). Reconstruction of Pluvial Lake Malheur’s Early Holocene Highstand at the Weed Lake Ditch Site. Poster presented at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Elko, NV.

Nials, Fred and Teresa Wriston (2002). Geoarchaeology of Lakeshore Sites: Harney Basin, Oregon. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

 

Publications & Presentations

2015

Smith, G., Wriston, T. A., Pattee, D. D., Felling, D. C. (2015). The Surface Paleoindian Record of Northern Warner Valley, Oregon, and Its Bearing on the Temporal and Cultural Separation of Clovis and Western Stemmed Points in the Northern Great Basin, Paleoamerica, 1, (4), 360-373

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