Dean Snow

Dean Snow

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Dean Snow

Curriculum Vitae


B.A., University of Minnesota, 1962
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1966

Professional Bio

Professional Bio

Research Activities and Interests:

Dr. Snow is an archaeologist who specializes in ethnohistoric and demographic problems. In recent years his work has led him into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approaches to these issues. He has conducted research in Mexico and in the northeastern region of North America, where his work on the Iroquois is particularly well known. His current research includes cyberinfrastructure and the development of large GIS databases designed to explore large-scale population movements over time and space. He is also currently researching the sexual dimorphism of human handprints and hand stencils in the Upper Paleolithic caves of France and Spain.

Professional Activities:

Dr. Snow served as President of the Society for American Archaeology 2007-09.

He served as Secretary of the Society for American Archaeology 2003-05 and Secretary of Section H (Anthropology) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2000-06.

Selected Publications:



  • 2010    Archaeology of Native North America. Routledge, publisher
  • 1994    The Iroquois. Wiley-Blackwell, publisher.
  • 1995    Editor of Iroquois Medical Botany by James Herrick. Syracuse University Press.
  • 1995    Mohawk Valley Archaeology: The Collections. University at Albany Institute for Archaeological Studies (First Edition). Occasional Papers Number 22, Matson Museum of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University (Second Edition).
  • 1995    Mohawk Valley Archaeology: The Sites. University at Albany Institute for Archaeological Studies (First Edition). Occasional Papers Number 23, Matson Museum of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University (Second Edition).
  • 1996    Editor of In the County of the Mohawks: Early Narratives about a Native People. Syracuse University Press.


  • 1995    Migration in Prehistory: The Northern Iroquoian Case. American Antiquity 60:59-79.
  • 1995    Microchronology and Demographic Evidence Relating to the Size of Pre-Columbian North American Indian Populations.Science 268:1601-1604.
  • 1995    Population Movements during the Woodland Period: The Intrusion of Iroquoian Peoples. In Origins of the People of the Longhouse. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Symposium of the Ontario Archaeological Society Inc., edited by A. Bekerman and G. Warrick, pp. 5-8. The Ontario Archaeological Society Inc., North York, Ontario.
  • 1996    Theyanoguin. In Northeastern Indian Lives, 1632-1816, edited by Robert S. Grumet, pp. 208-226. The University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst.
  • 1996    Mohawk Demography and the Effects of Exogenous Epidemics on American Indian Populations. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 15:160-182.
  • 1996    Make the Best of Old Data: Recovering the Archaeology of Maine. In Chin Hills to Chiloquin: Papers Honoring the Versatile Career of Theodore Stern, edited by Don E. Dumond, pp. 131-140. University of Oregon Anthropological Papers No. 52, Eugene.
  • 1996    GIS Applications in North America. In The Coloquia of the XIII Congrès International des Sciences Prèhistoriques et Protohistoriques, Vol. 1 Theoretical and Methodological Problems, pp. 159-168, edited by Ian Johnson. A.B.A.C.O. Edizioni, Forlì, Italy.
  • 1996    The Mohawks and Europeans: Cultural Exchange Amidst Conflict. In Transferts culturels et métissages Amérique/Europe XVIe-XXe siécle, edited by Laurier Turgeon, pp. 271-277. Le Presses de l’Université Laval, Québec.
  • 1996    More On Migration in Prehistory: Accommodating New Evidence in the Northern Iroquoian Case. American Antiquity, 61:791-796.
  • 1996    The First Americans and the Differentiation of Hunter-Gatherer Culture. Chapter 4 in Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the New World, edited by B.G. Trigger and W. Washburn. Cambridge University Press.
  • 1997    The Architecture of Iroquois Longhouses. Northeast Anthropology 53:61-84.
  • 1997    GIS and Northern Iroquoian Demography. Archaeological Applications of GIS. Proceedings of Colloquium II, UISPP XIIIth Congress, Forli, Italy, September 1996. Archaeological Methods Series 5 (CD publication).
  • 1998    The Mohawk Upper Castle Historic District National Historic Landmark. The Bulletin: Journal of the New York State Archaeological Association 114:32-44. With David B. Guldenzopf.
  • 1999    Toward a New Understanding of Great Lakes Archaeology. In Taming the Taxonomy, pp. 267-274, edited by R. F. Williamson and C. M. Watts. East End Books, Toronto.
  • 2000    Forword. In Teaching Archaeology in the Twenty-First Century, pp. v-vi, edited by Susan J. Bender and George S. Smith. Society for American Archaeology, Washington.
  • 2001    Setting Demographic Limits, The North American Case. In Computing Archaeology for Understanding the Past, pp. Proceedings of the 28th Conference, Ljubljana, April 2000, Edited by Zoran Stančič and Tatjana Veljanovski. BAR International Series 931:259-261.
  • 2001    Archaeology and the Irish Origins of Scotland. Archaeology.
  • 2001    Evolution of the Mohawk Iroquois. In Societies in Eclipse: Eastern North America at the Dawn of Colonization, pp. 19-25, edited by David S. Brose, C. Wesley Cowan, and Robert C. Mainfort, Jr. Smithsonian Press,  Washington.
  • 2001    The Lessons of Northern Iroquoian Demography. In Archaeology of the Appalachian Highlands, pp. 264-277, edited by Lynne P. Sullivan and Susan C. Prezzano. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville.
  • 2002    Individuals. In Darwin and Archaeology: A Handbook of Key Concepts, pp. 161-181, edited by John P. Hart and John Edward Terrell. Bergin and Garvey, Westport, Connecticut.
  • 2002     The Dynamics of Ethnicity in Tribal Society: A Penobscot Case Study. In The Archaeology of Tribal Societies, pp. 97-108, edited by William Parkinson. International Monographs in Prehistory, Archaeological Series #15, Ann Arbor.
  • 2002    American Indian Migrations: A Neglected Dimension of Paleodemography. In Anthropology, History, and American Indians: Essays in Honor of William Curtis Sturtevant, pp. 75-83, edited by William L. Merrill and Ives Goddard Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington.
  • 2002    Spatio-Temporal Modeling of North American Prehistory. In Archeologia e Calcolatori, vol. 13, pp. 267-273, edited by François Djindjian and Paola Moscati. All’Insegna del Giglio, Florence.
  • 2006     Cybertools and Archaeology in Science, edited by Dean R. Snow,1* Mark Gahegan,2 C. Lee Giles,3 Kenneth G. Hirth,1 George R. Milner,1Prasenjit Mitra,3 James Z. Wang3


  • 2006     Review of 1491 New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus by Charles C. Man