David K. Thulman

David K. Thulman

Professorial Lecturer of Anthropology
Faculty: Adjunct
2110 G St. B-01
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Paleoindian and Early Archaic archaeology in North America; reconstruction of prehistoric social organization; and the use of cultural property by archaeologists and museum specialists.

Dr. Thulman is an archaeologist and environmental lawyer who has participated in several prehistoric underwater and terrestrial excavations in Florida, including the pre-Clovis site of Page-Ladson in the Aucilla River. He is president of the Archaeological Research Cooperative, Inc. (ARCOOP), a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation dedicated to archaeological research and public education.

Current Research

Dr. Thulman is adapting landmark-based geometric morphometrics to the analysis of artifacts. He is currently working on the transition of the Paleoindian to Early Archaic periods in eastern North America. He is collecting 2D images of Paleoindian and Early Archaic period projectile points and now has over 5000 images, some of which are posted on the ARCOOP website. He is also reanalyzing the radiocarbon record using Bayesian statistics at several classic sites in North America in an effort to refine the present chronologies.


Ph.D. 2006, Florida State University
M.S. 2003, Florida State University
J.D. 1982, George Washington University
B.A. 1978, University of Pennsylvania


2014   Thulman, D. "The role of non-declarative memory systems in the inference of long term population continuity," Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 21: 724-729.

2012  Thulman, D. "Discriminating Paleoindian point types from Florida using landmark geometric morphometrics," Journal of Archaeological Science 39:1599-1607.

2012  Thulman, D. "Bioturbation and the Wakulla Springs Lodge Site artifact distribution," The Florida Anthropologist 65: 25-34.

2012  Thulman, D. "Paleoindian occupation along the St. Johns River, Florida," The Florida Anthropologist 65:79-86.

2009  Thulman, D. "Freshwater availability as the constraining factor in the Middle Paleoindian occupation of north-central Florida," Geoarchaeology 24(3): 243-276. DOI: 10.1002/gea.20268.

2008  Thulman, D. "A typology of fluted points from Florida," Florida Anthropologist 60: 63-75.

Guest editor
2012    Volume 65(1-2) of The Florida Anthropologist.

Classes Taught

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Anth 3513: Human Rights and Ethics
Anth 3813: Archaeology of North America
Anth 6508: Ethics and Cultural Property
Anth 6803: Topics: Peopling of the New World


Last updated January 24, 2017