Dr. Renee Walker received her BA in anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and her MA and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She joined our department in the Fall 2002 semester. Before coming to SUCO, Dr. Walker was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Skidmore College.
Dr. Walker's primary research and teaching interests are zooarchaeology, Eastern North American archaeology, PaleoIndian and Archaic period subsistence patterns, prehistoric North American dog domestication, and the archaeology of hunter-gatherers. She has fieldwork experience in North America and Europe, and has conducted much of her research at the site of Dust Cave, Alabama.
Dr. Walker received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 and the Richard J. Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize in Academic Excellence in 2006. Recent publications include: Prehistoric World Cultures, preliminary edition (Cognella Press, 2013), “Paleoindian and Archaic activities at Dust Cave, Alabama: The secular and the sacred “(North American Archaeologist 2011), “Late Archaic site use at Sachsen Cave Shelter, Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee” (with Jay Franklin and Maureen Hays, North American Archaeologist 2011), “What’s for Dinner?: Investigating archaeological correlates for food processing at Dust Cave, Alabama” (with Lara K. Homsey and Kandace D. Hollenbach, Southeastern Archaeology 2010), “Documenting subsistence change during the Pleistocene/Holocene transition: Investigations of paleoethnobotanical and zooarchaeological data from Dust Cave, Alabama” (with Kandace D. Hollenbach, in Integrating Zooarchaeology and Paleoethnobotany: A Consideration of Issues, Methods, and Cases, 2010), “The Nelson site: A Late Middle Woodland habitation locale on the Nolichucky River, Washington County, Tennessee” (with Jay D. Franklin and Michelle L. Hammett, Tennessee Archaeology 2008), Foragers of the Terminal Pleistocene in North America (co-editor, University of Nebraska Press, 2007), Bones as Tools: Archaeological Studies of Bone Tool Manufacture, Use and Classification (co-editor, BAR International Series 1622, 2007), and “Early and Mid-Holocene dogs in Southeastern North America: Examples from Dust Cave” (with Darcy F. Morey and John H. Relethford, Southeastern Archaeology2005).
Courses taught by Dr. Walker:
ANTH 345 Field School in Archaeology (summer session)