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James Stemp

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice/Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Rhodes Hall N207 • M/S 3400

Dr. W. James Stemp, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology for the Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology department. He earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from McGill University/ He earned his M.St. in Prehistoric Archaeology from Oxford University and his B.A. in Anthropology--with honors-- and an Archaeology Specialization from Toronto University.

Dr. Stemp's professional interests include the ancient Maya, complex societies, lithic technology, use-wear analysis, experimental archaeology, socio-economic organization and cave ritual.

His professional accomplishments include:

Stemp, W.J., G.D. Wrobel, J.J. Awe, and K. Payeur. 2013. Stir It Up, Little Darlin’: The Chipped Stone Assemblage from Mixed Deposits from Caves Branch Rockshelter, Belize. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 37, 1: 123-167.

Stemp, W.J. and J.J. Awe. 2013. Possible Variation in Late Archaic Period Bifaces in Belize: New Finds from the Cayo District of Western Belize. Lithic Technology 38, 1: 17-31.

Stemp, W.J., C.G.B. Helmke and J.J. Awe. 2010. Evidence for Maya Household Subsistence and Domestic Activities: Use-wear Analysis of the Chipped Chert Assemblage from Pook’s Hill, Belize. Journal of Field Archaeology 35, 2: 217-234.

Stemp, W.J., B.E. Childs, S. Vionnet, and C.A. Brown. 2009. Quantification and Discrimination of Lithic Use-wear: Surface Profile Measurements and Length-scale Fractal Analysis. Archaeometry 51, 3: 366-

Stemp, W.J. and M. Stemp. 2001. UBM Laser Profilometry and Lithic Use-Wear Analysis: A Variable Length Scale Investigation of Surface Topography. Journal of Archaeological Science 28, 1: 81-88.

Stemp, W.J. 2001. Chipped Stone Tool Use in the Maya Coastal Economies of Marco Gonzalez and San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. British Archaeological Reports, International Series 935, Oxford.

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