Ken Ames

Dr. Kenneth M. Ames

Professor Emeritus
PhD, Washington State University, 1976
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Dr. Ames received his BA in Anthropology from George Washington University in Washington D.C. in 1967, MA in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1969 and PhD from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, in 1976. Ken came to Portland State University in 1984 after teaching for two years at what is now known at Moorhead State University, in Moorhead, Minnesota. Ken then moved to Idaho where he had a joint appointment as Idaho State Highway Archaeology and a professor at Boise State University. Ken was Highway Archaeologist between 1975 and 1978.

As Highway Archaeologist and as a contract archaeologist Dr. Ames conducted a range of Phase II and Phase III projects throughout Idaho including excavations at the Hatwai site with an occupation spanning ca. 11000 bp-2800 bp. Since coming to Portland State University, Ken has concentrated his field research in the Portland Metropolitan area, which has a rich archaeological record.

Dr. Ames' research interests have focused on the evolution of social complexity among hunter-gatherers, particularly among what are now termed complex hunter-gatherers, including the development of permanent social inequality, sedentism and the role of economic intensification in hunter-gatherer social change. The interest in sedentism more broadly includes the evolution of hunter-gatherer mobility patterns. Most of Ken's research has been conducted on the Northwest Coast and the Intermontane Plateau.

Dr. Ames' research interests include archaeology, method and theory, cultural ecology, complex hunter-gatherers, social archaeology; northeast Asia, and North America.

Dr. Ames and his co-authors have recently published Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia with the University of Washington Press. Please find online supplemental materials here for that book. 

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