Wes Bernardini

Assoc Professor, Soc & Anthrop

Degrees: Ph.D. in Anthropology, Arizona State University, 2002; M.A. in Anthropology, Arizona State University, 1997; B.A. in Archaeology, Highest Distinction Honors, University of Virginia. Minor in Studio Art; 1994

Office: Soc & Anthropology, Larsen Hall #238

Phone: 909/748-8707



Areas of Expertise

Professional Background

Dr. Bernardini is an anthropological archaeologist whose research combines archaeological data with Native American oral tradition, ethnography, historical records and GIS to trace the development of social groups through time. His annual May Term travel course on the Hopi Reservation provides students with a truly unique opportunity for engaged service learning. Dr. Bernardini is the author of two books and numerous journal articles.

For the past several years, Wes has led students on a collaborative project the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office (HCPO). In an effort to document and preserve Hopi culture, we collect both conventional archaeological data and Hopi traditional knowledge about ancestral Hopi villages. Our goal is to produce information that is useful in both in archaeological research and in tribal cultural preservation programs. For details, see

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Who Owns the Past?
  • Science vs. Pseudoscience
  • Mapping People, Mapping Place

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • 2010: Senior PI (With Gregson Schachner), "Ratiocarbon dates for archaeological sites in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona"  Hawai'i-Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Task Agreement, National Park Service ($14,100).
  • 2008: Project Lead, “Ceramic Connections: Documenting Ties Between the Hopi Mesas and the Verde Region in the 14th Century, A.D.” Supplement to NSF grant BCS-0613201 ($19,985).
  • 2008: Project Lead, “Landscape, Movement, and Human Behavior: Anthropological Approaches” sub-award. Federal Geospatial Community Educational Support, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency ($32,000).
  • 2002: Society for American Archaeology Dissertation Award.
  • 2001: National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant ($12,000).
  • 2001: Robert H. Lister Fellowship, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, ($5,000).
  • 2001: Joe Ben Wheat Research Scholarship, University of Colorado ($2,500).
  • 1995, 1994: Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Publications and Presentations

2013: "The Non-Diagnostic Sherd Problem:  Lessons from Jeddito Yellow Ware Typology."  Kiva, in press.

2011: "Migration in Fluid Social Landscapes:  Units and Processes." In Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration, edited by Graciela Cabana and Jeffery Clark, pp 31-44.  University of Florida Press.

2011: (senior author with Severin Fowles) "Becoming Hopi, Becoming Tewa:  Two Pueblo Histories of Movement."  In Movement, Connectivity, and Landscape Change in the Ancient Southwest, edited by Margaret Nelson and Colleen Strawhacker, pp. 253-274.  University Press of Colorado, Denver.       

2011: "North, South, and Center:  an Outline of Hopi Ethnogenesis."  In Religious Transformation in the Late Prehispanic Pueblo World, edited by S. Van Keuren and D. Glowacki, pp. 196-220.  University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

2009: "Hopi History in Stone: The Tutuveni Petroglyph Site." Arizona State Museum Press, Tucson.

2009: "Hopi Clan Traditions and the Pedigree of Ceremonial Objects." In Enduring Motives: Religious Traditions of the Americas, edited by Warren DeBoer and Linea Sundstrom. University of Alabama Press.

2009: "Migration in Fluid Social Landscapes: Units and Processes." In Current Developments in the Anthropological Study of Past Human Migration. University of Florida Press

2008: "Identity as History: Hopi Clans and the Curation of Oral Tradition." Journal of Anthropological Research 64:483-509

2007: (senior author with Leigh Kuwanwisiwma) "Hopi Perspectives on the Archaeology of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument." In Learning from the Land, ed. Marietta Eaton. Bureau of Land Management, Cedar City, Utah.

2007: "Understanding Ancestral Hopi Migration and Identity, A.D. 1275-1400." Archaeology Southwest 21(2):9.

2006: "Jeddito Yellow Ware and Hopi Ethnogenesis." Kiva 72(3):295-328.

2006: "The Tutuveni Petroglyph Site." Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, Kykotsmovi, AZ.

2005: Hopi Oral Tradition and the Archaeology of Identity. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

2005: Ethnographic Overview for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, Kykotsmovi, AZ, and the Bureau of Land Management.

2005: "Reconsidering Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Prehistoric Cultural Identity: A Case Study from the American Southwest." American Antiquity 70(1):31-54.

2005: (senior author with C. Carr) "Hopewell Copper Celts from Eastern North America: Their Social and Symbolic Significance." In Gathering Hopewell: Society, Ritual and Ritual Interaction, edited by C. Carr and D. T. Case, pp. 624-647. Plenum Press, New York.

2004: "Hopewell Geometric Earthworks: A Case Study in the Referential and Experiential Meaning of Monuments." Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 23(3):331-356.

2004: (senior author with G. M. Brown) "The Formation of Settlement Clusters on Anderson Mesa." In The Protohistoric Pueblo World, A.D. 1275-1600, edited by E. Charles Adams and Andrew I. Duff, pp. 108-118. University of Arizona Press.

2002: "The Gathering of the Clans; Understanding Ancestral Hopi Migration and Identity, A.D. 1275-1400." Ph.D. dissertation on file at Arizona State University, Tempe. Received the 2003 Society for American Archaeology Dissertation Award.

1999: "Kiln Firing Groups: Inter-Household Economic Collaboration and Social Organization in the Northern American Southwest." American Antiquity 65(2):365-378.

1999: Reassessing the Scale of Social Action at Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Kiva 64(4): 447-470.

1998: "Conflict, Migration, and the Social Environment: Interpreting Architectural Change in Early and Late Pueblo IV Aggregations." In Migration and Reorganization: The Pueblo IV Period in the American Southwest, ed. by K. Spielmann, pp. 91-114. Arizona State University Research Paper No. 51.

1996: "Transitions in Social Organization: A Predictive Model from Southwestern Archaeology," Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 15:372-402.

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Register of Professional Archaeologists
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Museum of Northern Arizona, Research Associate

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