Adrian (Adie) Whitaker, PhD

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Adie Whitaker is a Principal Investigator, Project Manager, and Faunal Analyst. He has worked at Far Western since 2008 and has over 15 years archaeological experience throughout California in both academic and CRM contexts. While he has worked in just about every corner of the state, he prefers to be on the Coast and has conducted fieldwork in every County that touches the Pacific Ocean in California.

At Far Western he has worked extensively on transportation-related projects that fall under the Caltrans Local Assistance program for Section 106 review or are being implemented directly by Caltrans. He is an expert on the 2014 First Amended Caltrans Section 106 Programmatic Agreement as it relates to Local Assistance, with experience in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Central Valley, and San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Whitaker currently manages cultural resources on-call contracts with Caltrans District 5 (Central Coast), Caltrans District 6 (San Joaquin Valley), Naval Facilities Command Southwest (California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah), University of California at Davis, the San Mateo Joint Powers Board, and the Counties of Contra Costa and Fresno.

Dr. Whitaker has authored numerous excavation reports on the archaeology of the central Sierra Nevada, Central Valley, and San Francisco Bay Area in northern California and on the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and coast of southern California. Data from these reports have led to the publication of numerous scholarly articles in regional, national, and international journals, including American Antiquity, the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, the Journal of Archaeological Science, the Journal of Coastal and Island ArchaeologyQuaternary International, California Archaeology, and the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology.

He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology from 2017-2020, Book Review Editor for JCGBA from 2015-2017, and is on the Editorial Board of California Archaeology. He has served on the Executive Board of the Society for California Archaeology as Northern Vice President (2010-2012) and Secretary (2009-2010) and has been the chair of the California Advanced Annual Meeting Planning Committee since 2013.


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

Adie’s Featured Projects

Adie’s Featured Publications

Whitaker, Adrian R. and Jeffrey S. Rosenthal


Divergent Human Adaptive Strategies in Late Holocene Central California. In Cowboy Ecologist: Essays in Honor of Robert L. Bettinger (edited by Roshanne S. Bakhtiary, Terry L. Jones, and Michael G. Delacorte. Center for Archaeological Research at Davis Publication 19.

Ruby, Allika, and Adrian R. Whitaker


Remote Places as Post-Contact Refugia. California Archaeology, 11(2), 205-233.

Whitaker, Adrian R., Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, and Paul Brandy


Social Boundaries, territoriality, and the cultural ecology of artiodactyl hunting in prehistoric California. Quaternary International 518: 83-98.

Stevens, Nathan E., Whitaker, Adrian R., and Rosenthal, Jeffrey S.


Bedrock mortars as indicators of territorial behavior in the Sierra Nevada. Quaternary International. Quaternary International 518: 57-68.

Byrd, Brian F., Adrian Whitaker, Patricia Mikkelsen, and Jeffrey Rosenthal


San Francisco Bay-Delta Regional Context and Research Design for Native American Archaeological Resources, Caltrans District 4. Report submitted to Caltrans District 4, Oakland.

Colligan, Kaely, Adrian R. Whitaker, and William Hildebrandt


Where The Pavement Ends: An Assessment of the Paucity of Haliotis rufescens in the Archaeological Record on California’s North Coast. California Archaeology 7(1): 33-58

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.

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.

Whitaker, Adrian R., and Brian Byrd


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


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