Amber VanDerwarker


Contact Phone

(805) 893-4981

Office Location

HSSB 1038


Archaeology (paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology; Mesoamerica, southeastern United States)


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


My research encompasses a variety of methods, regions, and themes that revolve around the relationship between humans and food in the New World.  Methods that I employ include archaeobotany and zooarchaeology.  My lab is set up for the analysis of macro plant remains, starch grains, phytoliths, and faunal remains.  I focus my research in Mesoamerica and the Eastern United States, but I also train students working in California and South America.  Some themes of my research encompass the development of socio-political complexity, agricultural intensification, social identity and feasting, gender, the effects of warfare on the food quest, and exploratory data analysis.


Research Interests

  • New World Archaeology (Mexico, Southeastern U. S.)
  • Middle Range Societies, Political Economy, Gender Studies, Warfare
  • Subsistence Strategies, Zooarchaeology, Paleoethnobotany
  • Prehistoric Foodways, Agriculture, Human Ecology
  • Environmental Archaeology, Biogeography



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