Alison Damick, PhD

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Alison Damick is an environmental archaeologist specializing in geoarchaeology and paleobotany, especially phytolith and starch grain analysis. She received her M.A. from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London and her PhD from Columbia University in 2019. Before joining the Far Western Geoarchaeology team, she held a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Environmental Archaeology Lab and the Anthropology Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She has co-directed archaeological research projects in New Mexico, Lebanon, and Jordan, and participated in a variety of survey, excavation, geoarchaeological, and ethnographic projects worldwide. Her research interests are focused on the multi-scalar social and environmental effects of changing land use practices during periods of climatic and political volatility in past societies, particularly among hunter-gatherer societies in North American West and Southwest and early agricultural societies in Southwest Asia. She maintains a commitment to developing collaborations with and accountability to local and descendant communities through archaeological practice.

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

Alison’s Featured Publications

Damick, Alison and H. Genz

In Press

Conflicting Futures for Non-Conflict Archaeology: A Case Study from Lebanon. One World Archaeology Special Edition: Community Archaeology in the Middle East. Arwa Badran and Shatha Abu-Khafajah, Editors.

Damick, Alison, Samantha Krause, and Arlene Rosen


Building Resilient Landscapes in a Semi-Arid Watershed: Anthropogenic and Natural Burning Histories in Mid-Late Holocene Tesuque Creek, Northern New Mexico. Special Issue of the Holocene. Alison Damick, Emily Dawson, Camille Weinberg, Editors. Under Review.

Damick, Alison, Arlene Rosen, and Scott Ortman


Palm Springs on the Rio Grande: Archaic Land Use at Tesuque Creek, New Mexico. PLoS ONE 16(10): e0258231.

Damick, Alison


The Earliest Identification of Date Palm (P. dactylifera) from Early Bronze Age Lebanon. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 723: 1-7.

Genz, H., S. Riehl, C. Caklikar, A. Damick, and F. Slim


Economic and Political Organization of Early Bronze Age Society in Lebanon: Tell Fadous-Kfarabida as a Case Study. Berytus 55: 79-119.

Damick, Alison and M. Woodworth


Steatite Micro-beads from Tell Fadous-Kfarabida: A Case Study in Early Bronze Age Technology in Northern Coastal Lebanon. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports Vol. 3: 603-614.

Damick, Alison and Ahmad Lash


The Past Performative: Thinking through the Azraq Community Archaeology Project. Near Eastern Archaeology 76.3: 139-149.

Alison’s Featured Awards


Planet Texas 2050 Grant,for the publication of the Risky Business workshop as a Special Issue in the Holocene (expected early 2022).


National Science Foundation SBE Post-Doctoral Fellowship, for the project “The Geoarchaeology of Landscape Change in Northern New Mexico”.


National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grantfor doctoral dissertation research, “Complex Ecologies in Early Bronze Age Lebanon.” (expected early 2022).

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