David K. Thulman
- Professorial Lecturer of Anthropology
- 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 ethical use of cultural property by archaeologists and museum specialists.
Dr. Thulman is an archaeologist and former environmental lawyer who participates in 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. (ARCO-OP), a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation dedicated to archaeological research and public education.
Dr. Thulman is adapting landmark-based geometric morphometrics to the analysis of artifacts. He has collected over 13,000 2D images of prehistoric artifacts and is using those to examine changes in artifact form to better understand the social changes in the Paleoindian and Early Archaic periods in eastern North America. He is also using Bayesian statistics to refine the early chronologies in the East.
Ph.D. 2006, Florida State University
M.A. 2003, Florida State University
J.D. 1982, George Washington University
B.A. 1978, University of Pennsylvania
2019 New Directions in the Search for First Floridians. University of Florida Press.
2019 Thulman, D. “The age of the Dalton culture: A Bayesian reanalysis of the radiocarbon data.” Southeastern Archaeology on-line.
2019 Thulman, D. “A typology of Florida fluted points using landmark-based geometric morphometrics.” PaleoAmerica 5(2): 181-190.
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.
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.
2012 Volume 65(1-2) of The Florida Anthropologist.