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Thomas Kelley Harper

Thomas Kelley Harper

Post Doctoral Scholar

403A Carpenter Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-5342


  1. PhD Anthropology (Archaeology), SUNY at Buffalo, 2016
  2. MA Anthropology (Archaeology), SUNY at Buffalo, 2012
  3. BA Anthropology, Penn State University, 2008


I am an NSF-funded postdoctoral scholar in archaeology working under Douglas Kennett in the Human Paleoecology and Isotope Geochemistry Lab. My main area of study is the Late Neolithic/Bronze Age transition in Ukraine, but I enjoy working in a variety of geographic and temporal contexts. My speciality is working with large archaeological datasets to develop space-time models of human population development.

Research Interests

Settlement archaeology, Holocene climate change, paleoenvironment, subsistence, demography, GIS, radiocarbon dating, European prehistory, Mesoamerica, Southwest US