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Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology Faculty and Staff

Dr. Darlene Applegate

Dr. Darlene Applegate
- Associate Professor, Anthropology & Department Head


ANTH 125: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 130: Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 300: Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 305: Paleoanthropology: Human Origins and Evolution
ANTH 335: Old World Prehistory
ANTH 336: New World Prehistory
ANTH 395: Lab Practicum in Archaeology or Biological Anthropology
ANTH 432:432G, Field Course in Archaeology
ANTH 434:434G, Graveyard Archaeology
ANTH 436: Applied Archaeology
ANTH 438: Archaeological Lab Methods
ANTH 450:450G, Modern Human Biological Variation
ANTH 493: Archaeological Stewardship
ANTH 495: Directed Study

Background and Interests

Ph.D., Anthropology, The Ohio State University
M.A., Anthropology, The Ohio State University
B.A., Anthropology and Geology, Miami University

I am an archaeologist with a background in biological anthropology and geology. I teach undergraduate courses in archaeology and biological anthropology, several of which have graduate components. My research interests include Eastern Woodlands archaeology, cave and rockshelter archaeology, graveyard / mortuary archaeology, settlement archaeology, site formation processes, lithic analysis, and bioarchaeology. I currently serve as the Anthropology Program Director. I am faculty advisor for the Anthropology Club and the director of the WKU Anthropology Lab. I am an active member of the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists and a member of the Living Archaeology Weekend Steering Committee. I am the Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Center for Native American Arts and Culture, Inc. I am principal investigator of several grant-funded projects, including an archaeological site stewardship program at Mammoth Cave National Park and an archaeological survey of the WKU Upper Green River Biological Preserve. I also conduct Section 106 archaeological surveys.

Selected Publications

Bioarchaeological Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains from 15Al329A, a Late Woodland-Mississippi Stonebox Cemetery in Allen County, Kentucky (in press). In Current Archaeological Research in Kentucky Volume 9. Kentucky Heritage Council, Frankfort, 19 pp. Co-author: Dominica DeDominico.

Woodland Period (2008). In Past Accomplishments and Future Directions: The Kentucky State Archaeology Plan (2nd edition), edited by David Pollack, pp. 341-608. Kentucky Heritage Council, Frankfort.

Archaeological Survey of the Western Kentucky University Upper Green River Biological Preserve, Hart County, Kentucky. Volume I: Literature Review and Phase I Survey (May 2007). Prepared for Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, 496 pp.

Woodland Period Systematics in the Middle Ohio Valley (2005). Co-edited with Robert C. Mainfort, Jr., Arkansas Archaeological Survey. Includes my preface 'The Good Servant and the Bad Master' (pp. xi-xx) and chapter 'Woodland Taxonomy in the Middle Ohio Valley: A Historical Overview' (pp. 1-18). University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.    

Phase I Archaeological Survey for a Proposed Health Care Facility in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky (September 2004). Submitted to Bowling Green-Warren County Primary Care Center, Bowling Green, KY, 67 pp.

Phase I Archaeological Survey for a Proposed Poultry Facility Near Monticello, Wayne County, Kentucky (August 2003). Submitted to Owens Poultry, Monticello, KY, 42 pp.

Evidence of Differential Mortuary Treatment from the Watkins Site (15Lo12), a Woodland-Mississippi Period Burial Mound in South-Central Kentucky (2002). Proceedings of the 21st Mid-South Archaeological Conference: Ethnicity in Archaeology, edited by C. A. Buchner, pp. 33-45. Panamerican Consultants Special Publication No. 2. Panamerican Consultants, Inc., Memphis.             

Artifact Displacement and Damage Resulting From Human Trampling (2002). Bulletin Voor Archeologische Experimenten en Educatie, pp. 5-8. Leiden, the Netherlands.     

Archeological Assessment of the Proposed Parking Lot Drainage Improvement Project Package 187, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky (December 2002). Submitted to Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave, KY, 69 pp.

Phase I Archaeological Survey of a Proposed Telecommunication Tower Site Near Drakesboro, Muhlenburg County, Kentucky (October 2001). Submitted to Terracon Consulting, Inc., Louisville, KY, 29 pp.

The Watkins Site (15Lo12) Revisited: Previous Research, New Interpretations, and Recent Artifact Analysis (2000). In Current Archaeological Research in Kentucky Volume 6, edited by D. Pollack and K. J. Gremillion, pp. 121-143. Kentucky Heritage

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