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Roger H. Colten

Roger Colten joined the Peabody Museum as Collections Manager in the Division of Anthropology in 1997 and was promoted to Senior Collections Manager in 2006.  In addition to managing the collections, he has continued analyzing North American, European Paleolithic, and Caribbean prehistoric faunal remains from the museum's collections and other locations.



Ph.D., 1993, Archaeology Program, University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., 1985, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

B.S., 1979, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University


Research Interests

North American archaeology and ethnography, collections research, complex hunter-gatherers, faunal analysis, Italian, Caribbean, and North American prehistory.


Selected Publications

2015    Cuban Archaeological Research at Yale Peabody Museum.  In Proceedings of the 25th International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology, Laura Del Olmo, editor, pp. 45-55, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, el Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe y la Universidad de Puerto Rico.


2015  Prehistoric Coastal Adaptations at Seaside, Oregon: Vertebrate Fauna From the Palmrose and Par-Tee Sites. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 10 (1):1-24.

2014  Faunal Remains from the Archaic and Archaic with Ceramic Site of Vega del Palmar, Cuba. Journal of Caribbean Archaeology 14:23-49.  (with Brian Worthington).

2014  ROUSE, BENJAMIN IRVING (1913-2006).  Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology,  Basil A. Reid and R. Grant Gilmore III, editors, pp. 291-293.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida.  (w/ Basil Reid).

2014  The Peabody Museum of Natural History (Yale University).  Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology, Basil A. Reid and R. Grant Gilmore III, editors, pp. 274-275.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida.


2009  Pre-Ceramic Faunal Exploitation at the Las Obas Site, Cuba. The Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 50(1):75-84. (with Elizabeth T. Newman and Brian Worthington)


2009 A History of Caribbean Archaeology at Yale University and the Peabody Museum of Natural History. The Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 50(1):49-62. (with Maureen DaRos)


2007 La Quina Faunal Collections Assembled by the American School of Prehistoric Research in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. The Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 48(1):157-178. (with Andrew Hill)


2005 Iatrogenic Molar Borings in 18th and Early 19th Century Native American Dentitions. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 127:7-12 (published online 14 October 2004 in Wiley Interscience) (with John C. Seidel, Edward A. Thibodeau, and John G. Aghajanian).


2002 Prehistoric Marine Mammal Hunting in Context: Two Western North American Examples. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 12:12-22.


1998 Prehistoric Marine Mammal Exploitation on California's Northern Channel Islands. American Antiquity 63(4):679-701. (with Jeanne Arnold)


1997 Contexts of Cultural Change in Insular California. American Antiquity 62:300-318. (with Jeanne Arnold and Scott Pletka)


1995 Faunal Exploitation During the Middle to Late Period Transition on the Northern Channel Islands, California. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 17(1):93-120.


1992 Petriolo III South: Implications for the Transition to Agriculture in Tuscany, Italy. Current Anthropology 33(3):328-331. (with R.E. Donahue, D.B. Burroni, G. Coles and C.O. Hunt)


1989 Prehistoric Shellfish Exploitation Around the Goleta Lagoon. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 11:203-214.


1988 Reassessing the Chronology of the Glen Annie Canyon Site (CA-SBA-142). Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 10:237-245. (with J. Erlandson and M. Glassow)