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Carl Lipo

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (562) 985-2393
Office: PH1-204

Education History

1987 B.S. (with Distinction), Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1989 M.A., Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2000 Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle


Courses Taught

ANTH 140 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 450 Archaeological Field Methods
ANTH 401 Foundations of Anthropology
ANTH 451/551 Archaeological Artifact Analyses
ANTH 455/555 Archaeological Method and Theory I: Formal Theory
ANTH 456/556 Archaeological Method and Theory II: Explanatory Theory
ANTH 453/553 Archaeological Field Research Design
ANTH 471/571 The Archaeology of Eastern North America
ANTH 561 Basic Computer Applications in Anthropology
UNIV 301I Science, Myths and the Science of Origins

CSULB Archaeological Field School, Easter Island, Chile

Research Focus and Teaching Specialties

The Mississippi River Valley and Eastern North American archaeology, Evolutionary theory and archaeology (including evolutionary ecology), Agent-based modeling and simulation, Cultural transmission and the study of cultural variability, Ceramics (stylistic and functional analyses), Oceania Prehistory, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Origins of complex societies, GIS, geographical research and remote sensing, Pre-history technology, Chronometric methods (i.e., luminescence dating, rehydroxylation dating).


Selected Publications

Hunt, T. L. and C.P. Lipo 2011 The Statues that Walked: The Astonishing Untold Story of Easter Island’s Success. Free Press, NY.

Cochrane, E.C. and C.P. Lipo 2010 Phylogenetic analyses of Lapita decoration do not support branching evolution or regional population structure during colonization of Remote Oceania. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 365(1559): 3889-3902

Lipo, C. P., T.L. Hunt and B. Hundtoft 2010 Stylistic Variability of Stemmed Obsidian Tools (Mata’a), Frequency Seriation, and the Scale of Social Interaction on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Journal of Archaeological Science 37(10): 2551-2561.

Lipo, C. P. and T. L. Hunt 2009 AD 1680 and Easter Island Prehistory. Asian Perspectives. 48(2):309-317.

Hunt, T. L. and C. P. Lipo 2009 Revisiting Rapa Nui (Easter Island) “Ecocide.” Pacific Science 63(4): 601-616.

Hunt, T. L. And C. P. Lipo 2008 Evidence for a Shorter Chronology on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 3(1):140-148.

Hunt, Terry L. and Carl P. Lipo 2008 Top-down archaeology: High resolution satellite images of Rapa Nui on Google Earth. Rapa Nui Journal 22(1): 5-13.

Hunt, Terry L. and Carl P. Lipo 2007 Chronology, deforestation, and “collapse:” Evidence vs. faith in Rapa Nui prehistory, Rapa Nui Journal 21 (2): 85-97.

Eerkens, J. and C. P. Lipo 2007 Cultural Transmission and Explanations of the Archaeological Record: Providing Context to Understanding variation and Temporal Changes in Material Culture. Journal of Archaeological Research 15(3):239-274.

Bentley, R. A., C. P. Lipo, H. A. Herzog, and M. W. Hahn 2007 Strong regularities in fashion change under random drift. Evolution and Human Behavior 28(3):151-158.

Hunt, T. L. and C. P. Lipo 2006 A Late Chronology for Easter Island. Science 311(5767): 1603-1606.

Lipo, C., M.J. O’Brien, S. Shennan and M. Collard (editors) 2005 Mapping Our Ancestors: Mapping Our Ancestors: Phylogenetic Methods in Anthropology and Prehistory. Aldine/Transaction Press, New York.

Eerkens, J. and C. P. Lipo 2005 Cultural Transmission and the Generation, Maintenance, and Propagation of Variation in the Archaeological Record. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 24: 316-334

Lipo, C. P., J. F Feathers, and R.C. Dunnell 2005 Temporal Data Requirement, Luminescence Dates, and the Resolution of Chronological Structure of Late Prehistoric Deposits of the Central Mississippi River Valley. American Antiquity. 70(3). 527-544.

Lipo, C.P., R.C. Dunnell and D.O. Larson 2004 Studying the Evolution of Complex Societies: Recent Geophysical Studies in the Mississippi River Valley. Missouri Archaeologist 65:68-106.

Lipo, C.P. and T. Hunt 2005 The Prehistoric Statue Roads of Easter Island. Antiquity.79:158-168.

Hunt, T. L., C.P. Lipo and S. L. Sterling (editors) 2001 Posing Questions for a Scientific Archaeology. Bergin & Garvey, Westport.

Lipo, C. 2001 Science, Style and the Study of Community Structure: An Example from the Central Mississippi River Valley. British Archaeological Reports, International Series, no. 918. Oxford.

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    Department of Anthropology, CSULB
    Location: FO3-305
    1250 Bellflower Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA 90840-1003

    Phone: 562-985-5171

    The Department of Anthropology Main Office is located in FO-3, Room 305. This is the third floor of the FO-3 (Faculty Office 3) building. The office is open 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday.