Adrian (Adie) Whitaker, PhD

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Adie joined Far Western in 2008 after completing his Ph.D. in Archaeology at the University of California, Davis. He has worked in California archaeology for the past 15 years and conducted his dissertation research in Humboldt and Mendocino counties. At Far Western he has taken on a variety of projects which run the gamut of cultural resources management, including all stages of archaeological inquiry, and ranging from small surveys of less than 100 acres to large-scale data recovery and test excavations with multiple sites.  During this time, his geographic focus has broadened to include archaeology of the Central Valley, Sierra Foothills, southern California coast, and southern Santa Barbara Channel Islands. Adie has authored more than 60 technical reports, and has experience with managing Native American and archaeological construction monitors.

Adie has a keen interest in public education in archaeology, and has given presentations to school groups and the general public for more than 15 years. He brings this experience on the development of public outreach and education components to Far Western projects, and has assisted Far Western Art Director Tammara Norton in a number of web pieces and museum displays.

Dr. Whitaker’s research has been published in American Antiquity, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, California Archaeology, and Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. He was President/Editor-in-Chief of the Center for Archaeological Research at Davis while a student at UC Davis, and was Secretary and Northern Vice President of the Society for California Archaeology.


Evaluation and Testing
Effects Mitigation
Sensivity and Constraints
Environmental Planning Support
GIS and Cartography
Public Outreach and Interpretation

Adie’s Featured Projects

Adie’s Outreach Activities

  • Editor of the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology

Adie’s Featured Publications

Whitaker, Adrian R., and Brian F. Byrd


Social Circumscription, Territoriality, and the Late Holocene Intensification of Small-Bodied Shellfish along the California Coast. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 9(2):150-168.

Whitaker, Adrian R., and Brian F. Byrd


Boat-Based Foraging and Discontinuous Prehistoric Red Abalone Exploitation along the California Coast. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 31(2):196-214.

Whelan, Carly, Adrian R. Whitaker, and Jeffrey S. Rosenthal


Hunter-Gatherer Storage, Settlement, and the Opportunity Costs of Women’s Foraging. American Antiquity 78(4):662-678.

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