Terry L. Jones, Professor of Anthropology and Chair, Department of Social Sciences

 

Office: Building 47 Room 13D

TTerry Jones at archaeological site on Maui


Phone
: (805) 756-2523

Mailing address: Social Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

E-mail: tljones@calpoly.edu

Education: Ph.D. 1995, Anthropology, University of California, Davis; M.A. Anthropology, 1989, University of California, Davis; M.A. 1982, Cultural Resources Management, Sonoma State University; B.A. 1978 Anthropology and Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Cruz


Office hours for Spring 2014: Monday 11:00-12:30, and Tuesday 12:30-2:00, or by appointment in Faculty Offices, Building 47, Room 13D

Research Interests: Dr. Jones joined the Cal Poly faculty in 1998. His research interests include North American prehistory, hunter-gatherer ecology, and maritime adaptations. His area of geographic expertise is the central California coast, where he has conducted field research for the last 30 years. He is actively involved in several major scholarly debates-- one concerning the possible impacts of late Holocene climatic variability on Native populations of western North America, and another involving possible pre-Columbian Polynesian contact with the New World. He is Editor of the Society for California Archaeology's journal, California Archaeology.

Honors:
2008
Society for California Archaeology Martin A. Baumhoff Award for Special Achievement
2008 College of Liberal Arts, Richard K. Simons Award for Distinguished Scholarship
2008 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Distinguished Scholarship Award
2009 Certificate of Appreciation, Division of Student Affairs, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


Curriculum Vita

Digital Commons

Courses taught:
ANT-201 Cultural Anthropology  
ANT-202 World Prehistory  
ANT-309 Elements of Archaeology  
ANT-310 Archaeological Field Methods  
ANT-311 Archaeological Laboratory Methods  
ANT-312 Introduction to Cultural Resources Management  
ANT-320 California's Native Past  
   
Other Activities:  
California Environmental Legacy Project  

 

 
The Polynesian Connection:  

Archaeology Magazine April 2005 by Blake Edgar
San Francisco Chronicle June 20, 2005 by Keay Davidson
The Berkleyan August 2005
American Antiquity 2005

Anthropological Linguistics 2005
Comment by Atholl Anderson American Antiquity 2006
Response to Atholl Anderson American Antiquity 2006
Storey, Alice A., Richard Walter, Atholl J. Anderson, Terry L. Hunt, J. Stephen Athens, Leon Huynen, and , José Miguel Ramírez, Daniel Quiroz, David V. Burley, David J. Addison, and Elizabeth A. Matisoo-Smith
2007 Radiocarbon and DNA evidence for a pre-Columbian Introduction of Polynesian Chickens to Chile Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 104:10335-10339.
Brendan Borrell
2007 DNA Reveals How the Chicken Crossed the Sea Nature.

Comment by Jeanne Arnold American Antiquity 2007
Response by Klar and Jones Rapa Nui Journal 2008
Response by Jones and Klar American Antiquity 2009
Lawler, Andrew
2010 Beyond Kon-Tiki: Did Polynesians Sail to South America
. Science 328:1344-1347.
Ancient History Encyclopedia's homepage
http://www.ancient.eu.com/news/3010/

 

Recent Publications

Schwitalla, Al W., Terry L. Jones, Marin A. Pilloud, Brian F. Codding, and Randy S. Wiberg
2014 Violence among Foragers: The Bioarchaeological Record from central California. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 33:66-83.

Jones, Terry L.
2014 The Pacific Coast of North America. In The Cambridge World Prehistory, edited by Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn. Cambridge University Press, England. In press.

Codding, Brian F., and Terry L. Jones
2013 Environmental Productivity predicts Colonization, Migration, and Demographic Patterns in Prehistoric California. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 110: 14569-14573.
LA Times Review

Jones, Terry L.
2013 Archaeological Perspectives on Prehistoric Conservation in western North America. International Journal of Environmental Studies 70:350-357.

Jones, Terry L., and Jennifer Perry (editors)
2012 Contemporary Issues in California Archaeology. Left Coast Press. Walnut Creek, CA.

Rick, R.C., R. L. DeLong, J.M. Erlandson, T. J. Braje, T.L. Jones, J.E. Arnold, M. Des Lauriers, W. R. Hildebrandt, D. J. Kennett, R. L. Vellanoweth, and T. A. Wake.
2012 Where were the Northern Elephant Seals? Holocene Archaeology and Biogeography of Mirounga angustirostris. The Holocene 21: 1159-1166.

Jones, T. L., A. A. Storey, E. A. Matisso-Smith, and J.M. Ramírez-Aliaga (editors)
2011 Polynesians in America: Pre-Columbian Contacts with the New World. AltaMira Press, New York.

Jones, Terry L., and Brian F. Codding
2011    Sampling Issues in Evaluations of Diet and Diversity: Lessons from Diablo Canyon.  In Exploring Methods of Faunal Analysis: Perspectives from California Archaeology, edited by Michael A. Glassow and Terry L. Joslin, pp. 187-198. Cotsen Institute Press. University of California, Los Angeles.

Jones, Terry L. Jones, Brendan J. Culleton, Shawn Larson, Sarah Mellinger, and Judith F. Porcasi,
2011    Toward a Prehistory of the Southern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) . In Human and Marine Ecosystems: Archaeology and Historical Ecology of Northeastern Pacific Seals, Sea Lions, and Sea Otters. Edited by T. Rick, and T. Braje. Pp. 243-272. University of California Press, Berkeley.   
        

Jones, Terry L., and Brian F. Codding
2010  Historical Contingencies, Issues of Scale, and Flightless Hypotheses: A Response to Hildebrandt et al. American Antiquity 75: 689-699.

Codding, Brian F., and Terry L. Jones

2010 Levels of Explanation in Behavioral Ecology: Understanding Seeming Paradoxical Behavior along the Central California Coast. California Archaeology 2:77-91.

Codding, Brian F., Terry L. Jones, and Judith F. Porcasi
2010 Explaining Prehistoric Variation in the Abundance of Large Prey: A Zooarchaeological Analysis of Deer and Rabbit Hunting along the Pecho Coast of Central California. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 29:47-61.

Jones, Terry L.
2009 Archaeological Perspectives on the ExtraTerrestrial Impact Hypothesis, 12,900 B.P.: A View from Western North America. Journal of Cosmology 22:299-300.

Culleton, Brendan J., Douglas J. Kennett, and Terry L Jones
2009 Oxygen Isotope Seasonality in a Temperate Estuarine Shell Midden: A Case Study from CA-ALA-17 on the San Francisco Bay, California. Journal of Archaeological Science 36:1354-1363.

Jones, Terry L., Sebastian C. Garza, Judith F. Porcasi, and Jereme W. Gaeta
2009 Another Trans-Holocene Sequence from Diablo Canyon: New Faunal and Radiocarbon Findings from CA-SLO-585, San Luis Obispo County, California. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 29:19-31.

Jones, Terry L., and Kathryn A. Klar
2009
On Linguistics and Cascading Inventions: A Comment on Arnold 's Dismissal of a Polynesian Contact Event in Southern California American Antiquity 74:173-182.

Rick, Torben, Robert DeLong, Jon Erlandson, Todd Braje, Terry L. Jones, Douglas Kennett, Thomas Wake, and Phillip Walker
2009 A Trans-Holocene Archaeological Record of Guadalupe Fur Seals (Arctocephalus townsendi) on the California Coast. Marine Mammal Science 25:487-502.

Jones, T. L., R. T. Fitzgerald, and J. F. Porcasi
2009 The Cross Creek-Diablo Canyon Complex of South Central California: Mid-latitude Pacific Foragers at the Pleistocene-Holocene Boundary. In Maritime Adaptation and Seaside Settlement along the Pacific Coast of North America during the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition. Edited by Jim Cassidy, Robert Ackerman, and Irina Ponkratova Journal of North Pacific Prehistory 2:169-202.

Jones, Terry L.
2008 California Archaeological Record consistent with Younger Dryas Disruptive Event. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 105(50): E109.

Kennett, D. J., Kennett, J. P., West, G. J., Erlandson, J. M, Johnson, J. R., Hendy, I. L.,West, A, Culleton, B. J., Jones, T. L., and T. W. Stafford, Jr.
2008 Wildfire and Abrupt Ecosystem Disruption on California 's Northern Channel Islands at the Ållerød-Younger Dryas Boundary (13.0-12.9 ka). Quaternary Science Review 27:2528-2543.

Jones, T.L., J. F. Porcasi , J. M. Erlandson, H. Dallas Jr., T. A. Wake, R. Schwaderer
2008 The Protracted Holocene Extinction of California 's Flightless Sea Duck ( Chendytes lawi ) and its Implications for the Pleistocene Overkill Hypothesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 105:4105-4108. http://bwfov.typepad.com/birders_world_field_of_vi/2008/03/californias-for.html
Commentary by Donald K. Grayson
http://www.calpolynews.calpoly.edu/news_releases/2008/March/duck.html
http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/localnews/ci_8600980

Jones, Terry L., Douglas J. Kennett, James A. Kennett, and Brian F. Codding
2008 Seasonal Stability in Late Holocene Shellfish Harvesting on the Central California Coast. Journal of Archaeological Science 35:2286-2294.

Jones, Terry L. and Al Schwitalla
2008 Archaeological Perspectives on the Effects of Medieval Drought in Prehistoric California. Proceedings of the 22nd Pacific Climate Workshop . Quaternary International 188:41-58.

Jones, Terry L., Judith F. Porcasi, Jereme Gaeta, and Brian F. Codding
2008 The Diablo Canyon Fauna: A Coarse-grained Record of Trans-Holocene Foraging from the Central California Mainland Coast. American Antiquity 73:289-316.

Jones, T. L., and K. A. Klar (editors)
2007 California Prehistory: Colonization, Culture, and Complexity. AltaMira Press, New York.

Codding, Brian F., and Terry L. Jones
2007 History and Behavioral Ecology during the Middle-Late Transition on the Central California Coast: Findings from the Coon Creek Site (CA-SLO-9), San Luis Obispo County. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 27:23-49.

Codding, B. F., and T. L. Jones
2007 Man the Showoff? Or the Ascendance of a Just-So Story: A Comment on Recent Applications of Costly Signaling in American Archaeology. American Antiquity 72:349-357.

Jones, T. L., and K. A. Klar
2006 On Open Minds and Missed Marks: Response to Atholl Anderson. American Antiquity 71:765-770.

Klar, K . A., and T. L. Jones
2005 Linguistic Evidence for a Prehistoric Polynesia-Southern California Contact Event. Anthropological Linguistics 47:369-400.

Jones, T. L., and K.Klar
2005 Diffusionism Reconsidered: Linguistic and Archaeological Evidence for Prehistoric Polynesian Contact with Southern California. American Antiquity 70: 457-484.

Fitzgerald, R. T., T. L. Jones, and A. Schroth
2005 Ancient Long Distance Trade in Western North America: New AMS Radiocarbon Dates from Southern California. Journal of Archaeological Science
32: 423-434.

Mills, W., M. F. Rondeau, and T. L. Jones
2005 A Fluted Point from Nipomo, San Luis Obispo County, California. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 25: 68-74.


Jones, T. L., W. R. Hildebrandt, Douglas J. Kennett, and Judith F. Porcasi
2004 Prehistoric Marine Mammal Overkill in the Northeastern Pacific: A Review of New Evidence. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 24: 69-80.

Raab, L. M., and T. L. Jones
2004 Prehistoric California: Archaeology and the Myth of Paradise. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.


Jones, T. L.
2003 Prehistoric Human Ecology of the Big Sur Coast, California. Contributions of the University of California
Archaeological Research Facility.
University of California, Berkeley. No. 61.

Fitzgerald, R. T., and T. L. Jones
2003 On the Weight of the Evidence from Cross Creek: A Reply to Turner. American Antiquity 68:396-399.

Andrews A. H., K. W. Gobalet, and T. L. Jones
2003 Reliability Assessment of Season-of-Capture Determination from Archaeological Otoliths Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 100(2):66-78.

Jones T. L.
2002 Archaeology and Prehistory. In Changes in a California Estuary: A Profile of Elkhorn Slough. Edited by Jane Caffrey, Martha Brown, W. Breck Tyler, and Mark Silberstein. pp. 53-91. Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Moss Landing, CA.

Jones, T. L., R. T. Fitzgerald, D. J. Kennett, C. H. Miksicek, J. L. Fagan, J. Sharp, and J. M. Erlandson
2002 The Cross Creek Site (CA-SLO-1797) and its Implications for New World Colonization. American Antiquity. 67:213-230.

Erlandson, J. M., and T. L. Jones (editors)
2002 Catalysts to Complexity: Late Holocene Societies of the California Coast. Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles.

Jones, T. L.
2002 Late Holocene Cultural Complexity along the California Coast. In Catalysts to Complexity: Late Holocene Societies of the California Coast. pp. 1-12. Edited by J. M. Erlandson and T. L. Jones. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles.

Jones, T. L., and J. Ferneau
2002 De-intensification along the central Coast. In Catalysts to Complexity: Late Holocene Societies of the California Coast. pp. 204-231. Edited by J. M. Erlandson and T. L. Jones. Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles.

Jones, T. L., R. Weaver, and L. Flaherty
2002 Archaeology and Prehistory of Cal Poly Lands: 8300 B.C. - A.D. 1587. In Cal Poly Land: A Field Guide, pp.128-136edited by Steven Marx., Cal Poly Press.

Walker, P. L, D. J. Kennett, T. L. Jones, and R. DeLong
2002 Archaeological Investigations at the Point Bennett Pinniped Rookery on San Miguel Island, California. Proceedings of the Fifth California Islands Symposium, edited by David Browne, Kathryn Mitchell, and Henry Chaney, pp. 628-632. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara.

Hildebrandt, W. R., and T. L. Jones
2002 Depletion of Prehistoric Pinniped Populations Along the California and Oregon Coasts: Were Humans the Cause? In Wilderness and Political Ecology: Aboriginal Influences and the Original State of Nature, edited by Charles E. Kay and Randy T. Simmons. pp. 72-110. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

Jones, T. L.
2001 The Prehistory of Big Creek. In Views of a Coastal Wilderness: 20 Years of Research at Big Creek Reserve, edited by J. Smiley, R. Mayer, and E. Engles, pp. 1-18, University of California Natural Reserve System, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Porcasi, J F., T. L. Jones, and L. M. Raab
2000 Trans-Holocene Marine Mammal Exploitation on San Clemente Island, California: A Tragedy of the Commons Revisted. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 19:200-222.

Jones, T. L., B. Rivers, T. L. Joslin, A. Maliarik, D. Alger
2000 An Addendum to Harrington's northern Salinan Place Names. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology. 22:1-11.

Jones, T. L., and D. J. Kennett
1999 Late Holocene Sea Temperatures along the central California Coast. Quaternary Research 51: 74-82.

Jones, T. L., G. Brown, L. M. Raab, J. McVicar, G. Spaulding, D. J. Kennett, A. York, and P. L. Walker
1999 Environmental Imperatives Reconsidered: Demographic Crises in western North America during the Medieval Climatic Anomaly. Current Anthropology 40: 137-156.

Jones, T. L., and G. M. Brown
1999 Reply to Comments on: Environmental Imperatives Reconsidered: Demographic Crises in western North America during the Medieval Climatic Anomaly. Current Anthropology 40: 162- 165.

Fitzgerald, R. T., and T. L. Jones
1999 The Milling Stone Horizon Revisited: New Perspectives from northern and central California. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 21:67-93.

Gobalet K., and T. L. Jones.
     1995  Prehistoric Native American Fisheries of the Central California Coast. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 124:813-823.

Rivers, B., and T. L. Jones.
     1993  Walking on Deer Trails: A Contribution to Salinan Ethnogeography based on the Field Notes of John Peabody Harrington. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 15:146-175.



Filming AMERICA B.C. , Carmel California, June 2006

 

 

 

 

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