Arleyn Simon

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Research Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director, Archaeological Research Institute

School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
PO Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402


Arleyn Simon has interests in the study of prehistoric social organization and craft production through technological and compositional analysis of ceramics and other artifacts; materials science; and quantitative methods. She currently directs the activities of the Archaeological Research Institute, including collection management and research projects. Previously, she was the laboratory director for the Roosevelt Platform Mound Study (1989-1998). She has directed field projects in the U.S. Southwest (Arizona) and Northern Plains (North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming). Simon is a faculty associate of the ASU Center for Solid State Science (CSSS) and the Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling (PRISM). She is a board member (and past president) of the Society for Archaeological Sciences.

Simon's research actively uses compositional and physical analysis of material artifacts, such as ceramics, stone tools and fine goods (turquoise and obsidian) for the purpose of identifying prehistoric exchange networks and production loci on both inter-regional and intra-regional scales using quantitative analysis. She is involved in interdisciplinary research using geology, chemistry and materials science.


archaeology; ceramic technology; quantitative methods; social organization


PhD, Anthropology, Arizona State University, 1988

MA, Anthropology, Oregon State University, 1978

BA, Art, Montana State University Bozeman, 1973

Book Chapters


Schurmans, U., D. L. Collins, A. Razdan, A. Simon, M. Marzke, P. H. McCartney, D. Van Alfen, G. Jones, M. Zhu, D. Liu, M. Bae, J. Rowe and G. Farin. 2002. Advances in geometric modeling and feature extraction on pots, rocks and bones for representation and query via the internet. Pp. 191-202 In: Burenhult, G. and J. Arvidsson eds., Archaeological Informatics: Pushing the Envelope. Archaeopress.



Simon, A., S. Swanson, C. Ryan and K. Schollmeyer. 2005. Report of inventory and analyses for perishables, ceramics, lithics, groundstone, faunal and historic collections from the Tonto National Monument: 2005 Miscellaneous sample collections, 2004 preservation and maintenance of the Upper Cliff Dwelling (UCD). Archaeological Research Institute, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Report on file with National Park Service and Western Archaeological Conservation Center, Tucson, AZ.