Website for Archaeologist, Dr. Jill Neitzel


Jill Neitzel

107 John Munroe Hall
Phone: 302-831-8755

Associate Professor                                                                            

Undergraduate Advisor

Ph.D. Arizona State University 1984

I am an anthropological archaeologist who studies the development of sociopolitical complexity in middle range societies. My primary interests are how prehistoric societies with moderately developed hierarchies were organized, their trajectories of change, their patterns of regional interaction, and their material culture.  Geographically, I focus on the U.S. Southwest, primarily the Hohokam of south-central Arizona and the Chacoans of northwest New Mexico.


Recent Publications

2012 – The Magician: An Ancestral Hopi Leader. In The Bioarchaeology of Individuals, edited by A. Stodder and A. Palkovich, pp. 11-25. University of Florida Press, Gainesville.

2011 – Mixed Messages: Art and Leadership in the Late Prehistoric Southwest: In Comparative Archaeologies: Prehistoric Ibera (3000-1500BC) and the American Southwest (AD 900-1600), edited by K. Lillios, pp. 229-256. Oxbow Books, Oxford, UK.

Recent Presentations

2013 – Hair Styles and Identity in the U.S. Southwest. Contributed paper presented in the general session “Craft Production, Technology, and Identity in the American Southwest” at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Honolulu.

2012 – How the Southwest Was Complex. Invited paper presented in the symposium “Leaving Lewis Henry Morgan: New Studies of Societal Variation and Change” at the 77th Annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis.