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Brandi Bethke

Lab Director

Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2016

M.A. University of Exeter, 2011

B.A. Augustana University, 2010

Brandi Bethke CV


Research Interests

As the Laboratory Director for the Oklahoma Archeological Survey I oversee the processing of collections for analysis and curation, student internship opportunities, and public outreach initiatives.

My current research focuses on understanding interactions between humans, animals, and the landscape in the North American Plains from the late precontact period to the present day through the integration of zooarchaeology, ethnohistory, computer modeling, and Indigenous knowledge. I'm especially interested in the responses of Native American communities to various forms of colonialism and the long-term consequences of these processes. My most recent work has involved collaborative projects centered on bison hunting and processing activities, the impact of the horse on the Native peoples in the US and Canada, and the survivance of cultural practices during the Reservation Period. I have conducted field, laboratory, and ethnographic research on projects in Oklahoma, Montana, Alberta, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Portugal, Italy, and the UK. 

Plains archaeology; Contact period; zooarchaeology; cultural landscapes; geographic information systems (GIS); Indigenous archaeology; applied anthropology; collaborative research; laboratory methods; 3D modeling and photogrammetry 

Selected Publications

Brandi Bethke and Amanda Burtt (eds.) 2020. Dogs: Archaeology Beyond Domestication. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Brandi Bethke. 2020. Revisiting the Horse in Blackfoot Culture: Understanding the Development of Nomadic Pastoralism on the North American Plains. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 24: 44-61. 

William A. White and Brandi Bethke. 2019. Landscapes of Resilience at the Cut Bank Boarding School, Montana. In The Sound of Silence: Indigenous Perspectives on Historical Archaeology of Colonialism, edited by Tiina Äikäs and Anna-Kaisa Salmi. Berghahn Books, Oxford. 

Brandi Bethke. 2017. The Archaeology of Pastoralist Landscapes in the Northwestern Plains. American Antiquity 82(4):798-816.

Brandi Bethke, M. N. Zedeño, Geoffery Jones, and Matthew Pailes. 2016. Complementary Approaches to the Identification of Bison Processing for Storage at the Kutoyis Complex, MontanaJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports 17: 879-894.

Brandi Bethke. 2016. A Networked Landscape: Meaningful Places along the NIOB and MNRR. Practicing Anthropology 38: 11-14. 


Technical Reports:

Sarah Trabert, Brandi Bethke, Paige Ford, and Scott Hammerstedt. 2020. Report of 2019-2020 Pedestrian and Geophysical Investigations of Neodesha Fort (14WN1). Prepared for The Kansas State Historical Society. Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, Norman, OK.

Brandi Bethke. 2016. Analysis of Vertebrate Faunal Remains from the 2013 Excavations at the Cut Bank Boarding School: Site 24GL0302, Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Glacier County, Montana. Prepared for the Blackfeet Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Brandi Bethke and Cannon S. Daughtrey. 2014. An Archaeological Excavation of Two Tipi Rings and One Cairn for the Proposed Reroute of State Highway 89: Sites 24GL0942 and 24GL0943, Glacier County, Montana. Prepared for the Montana Department of Transportation. Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson. 

M.N. Zedeño, Jesse A. Ballenger, Matthew Pailes, Francois Lanoë, and Brandi Bethke. 2014. St. Mary Bridge Site (24GL203), MT Archaeological Research, Progress Report (3.10.14). Prepared for Glacier National Park. Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Brandi Bethke, M.N. Zedeño, and Kacy Hollenback. 2013. Ethnographic Overview and Assessment of Native American Resources in the Niobrara Scenic River and Missouri National Recreational River. Prepared for the National Park Service, Midwest Region. Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson.