James B. Stoltman

Professor James B. Stoltman graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1957, and obtained his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard in 1967. Before Harvard, he served the U.S. Navy for three years (1957-1960) sailing the seven seas in the world, began his career in archaeology in 1960 as a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Minnesota (1960-1962). He taught at Tulane University before he joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1966; he served as chair of the department from 1981 to 1984. Professor Stoltman served as the Governor’s appointee to the Historic Preservation Review Board and the Burial Sites Preservation Board for the State of Wisconsin, as President of the Wisconsin Archaeological Survey and the Wisconsin Archaeological Society, and on the editorial board of several major journals. He has undertaken archaeology research in the America Southeast and Midwest, France, Mexico, and China. Professor James B. Stoltman is a leading expert on the midwestern prehistory; and he is internationally renowned for his work on the use of petrographic methods in the study of archaeological ceramics to understand ancient technology, culture contact and interregional interactions in many parts of the world. He is the author of Laurel Culture in Minnesota (1973), Groton Plantation: An Archaeological Study of a South Carolina Locality (1974), Ceramic Petrography and Hopewell Interaction (2015), and the editor of New Perspectives on Cahokia: Views from the Periphery (1991). Professor Stoltman has also written numerous research articles and reviews.