Anthropology: Paleolithic archaeology, human-environmental interaction, hunter-gatherer lifeways, zooarchaeology
I earned a BA in African and Middle Eastern History from Northwestern University and an MA and PhD in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of Michigan. Prior to arriving at GMU in 2020, I was a faculty member at University of Alaska Fairbanks.
My research focuses on human-environmental interactions during the Later Pleistocene (~125,000-10,000 years ago). My work is driven by a desire to understand the factors that account for the success and spread of our species relative to the Neanderthals and other archaic human groups. I approach this through the lens of zooarchaeology-- the study of animal remains from archaeological sites. Not only do zooarchaeological data provide information about past environmental conditions, but they also speak directly to human subsistence choices and landscape use. I am engaged in research at a number of sites, including Sibudu (South Africa), Border Cave (South Africa), Mughr el-Hamamah (Jordan), and Sefunim (Israel); this work has been funded by a variety of organizations, including Wenner-Gren, the Leakey Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Clark, Jamie L. 2019. The Still Bay and pre-Still Bay fauna from Sibudu Cave: taphonomic and taxonomic analysis of the macromammal remains from the Wadley excavations. Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology. 2:26-73.
Shimelmitz, Ron, David Friesem, Jamie L. Clark, Iris Groman-Yaroslavski, Lior Weissbrod, Naomi Porat, and Andrew W. Kandel. 2018. The Upper Paleolithic and Epipaleolithic of Sefunim Cave, Israel. Quaternary International. 464:106-125.
Clark, Jamie L. 2017. The Howieson’s Poort fauna from Sibudu Cave: Documenting continuity and change within Middle Stone Age Industries. Journal of Human Evolution. 107:49-70.
Clark, Jamie L. and John D. Speth, eds. 2013. Zooarchaeology and Modern Human Origins: Human Hunting Behavior During the Later Pleistocene. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series. Dordrecht: Springer.