David K. Thulman

David Thulman

David K. Thulman

Professorial Lecturer of Anthropology


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.

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 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.

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

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.

Guest editor

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

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