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Thomas A. Wake


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1995

Office: A357 FOWLER
Phone: 310-206-1782
Fax: 310-206-4723
E-mail: twake@ucla.edu

Mailing Address:

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
308 Charles E Young Dr. North
A210 Fowler Building/Box 951510
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510

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UCLA Appointments

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Zooarchaeology Lab Director

Research Interests

Archaeological and Zooarchaeological Research along the Eastern Pacific Rim; Food and Ethnicity; Development of Social Complexity; Caribbean Panama; Neotropical Archaeology; Historical Archaeology; Natural History; Human Paleoecology; Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction; Comparative Osteology.

Selected Publications

T.A. Wake, D.R. Doughty and M. Kay. 2013. Archaeological Investigations Provide Late Holocene Baseline Ecological Data for Bocas del Toro, Panama. Bulletin of Marine Science 89(4):000-000.

R.G. Lesure, T.A. Wake, A. Borejsza, J.S. Carballo, D.M. Carballo, I. Rodríguez L., and M. de Ángeles G. 2013. Swidden Agriculture, Village Longevity, and Social Relations in Formative Central Tlaxcala: Towards an Understanding of Macroregional Structure. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 32(2):224-241.

D. Zori, J. Byock, E. Erlendsson, S. Martin, T.A. Wake, and K.J. Edwards. 2013. Feasting in Viking Age Iceland: Sustaining a Chiefly Political Economy in a Marginal Environment. Antiquity 87:150-165.

R.G. Lesure and T.A. Wake. 2012. La Organización del Asentamiento y la Subsistencia en el Soconusco Durante el Periodo Formativo Temprano. In Arqueología Reciente de Chiapas: Contribuciones del Encuentro Celebrado en el 60to Aniversario de la Fundación Arqueológica Nuevo Mundo, edited by L.S. Lowe and M.E. Pye. Papers of the New World Archaeological Foundation 72:195-206.

T.A. Wake. 2012. Interpreting New Samples from Famous Old Sites: Mammal Remains from the 1999 Emeryville Shellmound Excavations (CA-ALA-309 and CA-ALA-310) with Comments on Fish and Birds. In Exploring Methods of Faunal Analysis: Insights from California Archaeology, edited by M.A. Glassow and T.L. Joslin, pp. 4-33. Perspectives in California Archaeology, Volume 9. The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, UCLA.

T.A. Wake, A.O. Mojica, M.H Davis, C.J. Campbell, and T. Mendizabal. 2012. Electrical Resistivity Surveying and Pseudo Three-dimensional Tomoraphic Imaging at Sitio Drago, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Archaeological Prospection 9(1):49-58.

R.G. Lesure and T.A. Wake. 2011. Archaic to Formative in Soconusco: The Adaptive and Organizational Transition. In Sociopolitical Transformation in Early Mesoamerica: From the Archaic to the Formative in the Soconusco Region, edited by R.G. Lesure, pp. 67 - 96. University of California Press, Berkeley.

T.C. Rick, R.L. DeLong, J.M. Erlandson, T.L. Jones, T.D. Braje, J.E. Arnold, M. DesLauriers, D.J. Kennett, R.L. Vellanoweth, and T.A. Wake. 2011. Where Were the Northern Elephant Seals? Archaeology and Holocene Biogeography of Mirounga angustirostris. The Holocene 21(7):1159-1166.

T.A. Wake and D.W. Steadman. 2009. Fishing in the Mangroves at Formative-Period El Varal. In Settlement and Subsistence in Early Formative Soconusco: El Varal and the Problem of Inter-Site Assemblage Variation, edited by R.G. Lesure, pp. 99-112. The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, UCLA.

R.G. Lesure, T.A. Wake and D.W. Steadman. 2009. Subsistence in the Estuary. In Settlement and Subsistence in Early Formative Soconusco: El Varal and the Problem of Inter-Site Assemblage Variation, edited by R.G. Lesure, pp. 203-222. The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, UCLA.

T.A. Wake and M.A. Roeder. 2009. A Diverse Rancholabrean Vertebrate Microfauna from Southern California Includes the First Fossil Record of Ensatina (Ensatina eschshcoltzii: Plethodontidae). Quaternary Research 72(3):364-370.

T.C. Rick, R.L. DeLong, J.M. Erlandson, T.J. Braje, T.L. Jones, D.J. Kennett, T.A. Wake, and P.L. Walker. 2009. A Trans-Holocene Archaeological Record of Guadalupe Fur Seals (Arctocephalus townsendi) on the California Coast. Marine Mammal Science 25(2):487-502.

T.L. Jones, J.F. Porcasi, J.M. Erlandson, H. Dallas Jr., T.A. Wake and R. Schwaderer. 2008. The Protracted Holocene Extinction of California’s Flightless Sea Duck (Chendytes lawi) and its Implications for the Pleistocene Overkill Hypothesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105(11):4105-4108.


National Schience Foundation
Secretaria Nacinal de Ciencia y Tecnologia-Panama
American Philosophical Society, Franklin Research Grant
Ahmanson Field Research Grant
National Science Foundation

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