William R. Hildebrandt, PhD

William Hildebrandt, Far Western Anthropological Group
Bill Hildebrandt
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Dr. Hildebrandt’s archaeological research focuses on hunter-gatherer adaptations in California, Oregon, and the Great Basin, with particular emphasis given to prehistoric people occupying coastal environments. Bill is also a leader in the field of cultural resources management, and he has helped many government agencies preserve and better understand important archaeological sites under their management. His research is published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and he has authored numerous monographs and book chapters published by UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Los Angeles, University of Utah, and the Nevada State Museum. He is currently working on the evolution of prehistoric hunting patterns in California and the Great Basin, applying modern approaches of human behavioral ecology to this research effort.

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

Bill’s Featured Projects

Bill’s Featured Publications

Hockett, Bryan S., William R. Hildebrandt, and Jerome H. King


Identifying Dart and Arrow Points in the Great Basin: Comment on Smith et al.’s “Points in Time: Direct Radiocarbon Dates on Great Basin Projectile Points.” American Antiquity 79:561-565.

Hildebrandt, William R., and Kelly R. McGuire


A Land of Prestige. In Contemporary Issues in California Archaeology, edited by Terry L. Jones and Jennifer E. Perry, pp. 133-151. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, California.

Gilreath, Amy J., and William R. Hildebrandt


Current Perspectives on the Production and Conveyance of Coso Obsidian. In Perspectives on Prehistoric Trade and Exchange in California and the Great Basin, edited by Richard E. Hughes, pp. 189-200. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

Bill’s Outreach Activities

  • Founding President, Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc.
  • Editor of the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 2013-2017
  • President, Society for California Archaeology 2018-2019
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis


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