John (Jack) Ives

Dr. John (Jack) W. Ives

Primary Field
Archaeology
Individual Type
Faculty
Position
Professor
http://www.ualberta.ca/anthropology/
Professor, University of Alberta, Department of Anthropology
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Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Archaeological theory, public archaeology, Athapaskan and Algonquian social and economic organization, Apachean origins, Paleoindian, Jin Dynasty
Geographic Area(s) of Expertise Northern Plains, Subarctic, Great Basin, northeast Asia
Biography

My interests lie in Plains, Subarctic, Great Basin and Northeast Asian prehistory (Neolithic, Palaeolithic, Jin Dynasty), archaeological theory (kinship and economic organization), Paleoindian studies, and Public Archaeology. In an interdisciplinary project, I am investigating the Promontory Caves (Utah) for traces of Dene ancestors (who had left Subarctic Canada, on their way to becoming the Navajo and Apaches of the American Southwest). I maintain the Western Canadian Fluted Point Database, work with graduate students on northern Plains Besant-Sonota archaeological sites and the Neolithic site of Houtaomuga in Jilin, China, and conduct research at the University of Alberta’s Mattheis Ranch on an Avonlea-Old Women’s bison kill, camp and processing area.

From 1979-2007, I served with the Archaeological Survey of Alberta, the Royal Alberta Museum, and the Historic Resources Management Branch, with senior management responsibilities as Alberta’s Provincial Archaeologist (21 years), and extensive experience in Aboriginal policy initiatives (including leading the drafting team for Canada’s only repatriation legislation, the First Nations Sacred Ceremonial Objects Repatriation Act of Alberta). I have undertaken executive and curatorial roles in developing the World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, the Royal Alberta Museum’s Gallery of Aboriginal Culture and international exhibitions (Rise of the Black Dragon). I have received the University of Michigan’s Distinguished Dissertation Award, three Alberta Premier’s Awards, and the University of Alberta’s Landrex Distinguished Professorship.

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Geographic Areas of Expertise United States
Mountain
Idaho
Montana
Utah
Pacific Northwest
Alaska
Plains
Nebraska
North Dakota
South Dakota
Southwest
Arizona
New Mexico
Geographic Areas of Expertise International
East Asia and the Pacific
China
Western Hemisphere
Canada
United States of America
Languages
English
Organizations