Keith Kintigh

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

School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
PO Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402
480-965-6909
Email: KINTIGH@ASU.edu
Web: https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/56433

Biography

Dr. Kintigh's research has been devoted to understanding political organization in middle-range societies in the Cibola area along the Arizona-New Mexico border near Zuni Pueblo, and to developing and applying quantitative methods in archaeology. Recently, he has devoted increasing amounts of time to three collaborative projects: 1) leading an NSF-funded effort to design SKOPE, a cybertool that will provide synthesized information of past environments related to humans; 2) leading a national effort of archaeologists and computer scientists to develop a digital information infrastructure for archaeology that will not only preserve and make more accessible archival data sets, but also — through an ability to integrate data across projects — have the potential to transform the scholarly landscape of archaeology with respect to synthetic and comparative research; and 3) a project using resilience theory to understand stability and change in coupled socioecological systems through a synthesis of data from several prehistoric cases in the Southwest U.S.

Expertise

informatics; information integration; archaeology; socioecology; data analysis; data cleaning and information extraction; agrarian societies; algorithm development; ceramic technology; landscape studies; subsistence adaptation; climate change impacts; land use change

Education

PhD, Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1982

MS, Computer Science, Stanford University, 1974

AB, Sociology (with Honors), Stanford University, 1974

Journal Articles

2015

Kintigh, K. W., J. H. Altschul, A. P. Kinzig, F. W. Limp, W. K. Michener, J. A. Sabloff, E. J. Hackett, T. A. Kohler, B. Ludascher and C. A. Lynch. 2015. Cultural dynamics, deep time, and data. Advances in Archaeological Practice 3(1):1-15. DOI: 10.7183/2326-3768.3.1.1.

2014

Kintigh, K. W., J. H. Altschul, M. C. Beaudry, R. D. Drennan, A. P. Kinzig, T. A. Kohler, F. W. Limp, H. D. Maschner, W. K. Michener, T. R. Pauketat, P. Peregrine, J. A. Sabloff, T. J. Wilkinson, H. T. Wright and M. A. Zeder. 2014. Grand challenges for archaeology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 111(3):879-880. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1324000111. (link)

2010

Nelson, M. C., K. W. Kintigh, D. R. Abbott and J. M. Anderies. 2010. The cross-scale interplay between social and biophysical context and the vulnerability of irrigation-dependent societies: Archaeology's long-term perspective. Ecology and Society 15(3):Art. 31. (link)

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Book Chapters

2012

Nelson, M. C., M. Hegmon, K. W. Kintigh, A. P. Kinzig, B. A. Nelson, J. M. Anderies, D. A. Abbott, K. A. Spielmann, S. E. Ingram, M. A. Peeples, S. A. Kulow, C. A. Strawhacker and C. A. Meegan. 2012. Long-term vulnerability and resilience: Three examples from archaeological study in the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico. In: Cooper, J. and P. Sheets eds., Learning to Live with Climate Change: Understanding Hazards, Mitigating Impacts, Avoiding Disasters.

Posters

2006

Kruse, M., H. Schaafsma, K. Schollmeyer, J. M. Briggs, K. Horn, K. W. Kintigh, C. Lai, K. A. Spielmann and C. Wichlacz. 2006. Legacies on the landscape: Integrating ecology and archaeology on the Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona. Poster presented at the 19 January 2006 CAP LTER 8th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

Kruse, M., H. Schaafsma, K. Schollmeyer, J. M. Briggs, K. Horn, K. W. Kintigh, R. Lai and K. A. Spielmann. 2006. Legacies on the landscape: Integrating ecology and archaeology on the Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona. Poster presented February at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Graduates in Life, Earth and Social Sciences Research Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

2005

Schollmeyer, K., J. M. Briggs, K. Horn, K. W. Kintigh, M. Kruse, C. Lai, H. Schaafsma, K. A. Spielmann and C. Wichlacz. 2005. Legacies on the landscape: Integrating ecology and archaeology on the Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona. Poster presented March 31-April 3 at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Salt Lake City, UT.

Presentations

2011

Ingram, S. E., A. Dugmore, J. Areborg, G. Hambrecht, M. Hegmon, K. W. Kintigh, T. H. McGovern, M. C. Nelson, R. Oram, M. Peeples, K. A. Spielmann and O. Vesteinsson. 2011. Climate hazards and social transformations in the North Atlantic region and in the U.S. Southwest, 900 to 1500 C.E. Presentation at the June 22-26 International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences Conference, Iceland.