|HISTORY OF RESEARCH
Vance Holliday received a B.A. with Honors in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin (1972); an M.A. in Museum Science from Texas Tech University (1977); and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Colorado-Boulder (1982). He was on the faculty of the Departments of Geography and Anthropology at Texas A&M University (1984-1986), and Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1986-2002). Since 2002 he has been a professor in both the School of Anthropology and Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona.
He is also Executive Director of the Argonaut Archaeological Research Fund (AARF) . As a student his initial interests were in Texas archaeology, in part spurred by field experience throughout the state as an employee of the Texas Archeological Salvage Project (renamed the Texas Archeological Survey; eventually subsumed by the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory). An opportunity to work at the Lubbock Lake archaeological site expanded his interest in Paleoindian archaeology and sparked an interest in soils and geoarchaeology. This led to PhD research on soils at Lubbock Lake.
His research now includes geoarchaeology, Paleoindian archaeology, soil-geomorphology, and Quaternary landscape evolution and paleoenvironments. Prior to joining the UA most of his work was on the Great Plains, working with Eileen Johnson at Texas Tech University (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/lll/) and David Meltzer at SMU (http://smu.edu/anthro/faculty/dmeltzer/dmeltzer.htm), but since joining the UA his research has turned to the Southwest U.S. and northwestern Mexico as part of AARF. Additional research included geoarchaeological field work on the Pampas of Argentina, and in the Don River Valley of Russia, and along the Dnieper River in Ukraine (see references below). He wrote three books, edited two others, authored or co-authored over 50 reviewed articles in journals and books, and wrote or co-authored another 20 articles and book chapters. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Geological Society of America, and the Leakey Foundation. Honors include the 1998 “Rip” Rapp Archaeological Geology Award of the G.S.A., and the 1998 Kirk Bryan Award of the G.S.A. (for one of the books).
PUBLICATIONS BY VANCE T. HOLLIDAY
Holliday, V.T. (1995) Stratigraphy and Paleoenvironments of Late Quaternary Valley Fills on the Southern High Plains. Geological Society of America Memoir 186.
Holliday, V.T. (1997) Paleoindian Geoarchaeology of the Southern High Plains. University of Texas Press, Austin.
Goldberg, P., V.T. Holliday, and C.R. Ferring, Editors (2001). Earth Science in Archaeology. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
Holliday, V.T. (2004) Soils and Archaeological Research. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
ARTICLES and BOOK CHAPTERS
Holliday, Vance T. and Curtis M. Welty, Lithic Tool Resources of the Eastern Llano Estacado. Bulletin of the Texas Archeological Society 52:201-214. (.pdf)
Johnson, Eileen and Vance T. Holliday, Late Paleoindian Activity at the Lubbock Lake Site. Plains Anthropologist 26:173-193. (.pdf)
|Vance Holliday at the Murray Springs Clovis site, Arizona (photo by Scott Drane)|
|Wanna buy a rock?
The High Plains of northwest Texas, 1989
|With my PhD advisor and good friend
Pete Birkeland after receiving the
Kirk Bryan Award, 1998.
|Russia, 2003, overlooking the Don River at
the village of Kostenki (M. Anikovich).
|Russia, 2001, getting up close and personal
with the famous “humic beds” at Kostenki 12
|Teaching is an important component of field work; with James Mayer (UA Geosciences PhD, 2009) instructing in the finer points of tire changing.|
Holliday, Vance T., Early Holocene Soils at the Lubbock Lake Archaeological Site, Texas. Catena 12:61-78. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Holocene Soil-Geomorphological Relationships in a Semi-arid Environment: The Southern High Plains of Texas. In Soils and Quaternary Landscape Evolution, edited by John Boardman, pp. 325-357. John Wiley and Sons, England. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Morphology of Late Holocene Soils at the Lubbock Lake Archaeological Site Texas. Soil Science Society of America Journal 49:938-946. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., New Data on the Stratigraphy and Pedology of the Clovis and Plainview Sites, Southern High Plains. Quaternary Research 23:388-402. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Eileen Johnson, Herbert Haas, and Robert Stuckenrath, Radiocarbon Ages from the Lubbock Lake Site: 1981-1984. Plains Anthropologist 30:277-292. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T. and Eileen Johnson, Re-evaluation of the First Radiocarbon Age for the Folsom Culture. American Antiquity 51:332-338. (.pdf)
Johnson, Eileen and Vance T. Holliday, The Archaic Record at Lubbock Lake. Plains Anthropologist Memoir 21:7-54.
Holliday, Vance T., Eolian Processes and Sediments on the Great Plains. In Geomorphic Systems of North America, edited by W. Graff, pp. 195-202. Geological Society of America, Centennial Special Volume 2. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Geoarchaeology and Late Quaternary Geomorphology of the Middle South Platte River, Northeastern Colorado. Geoarchaeology 2:317-329. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., A Reexamination of Late-Pleistocene Boreal Forest Reconstructions for the Southern High Plains. Quaternary Research 28:238-244. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T. and B. L. Allen, Geology and Soils. In Lubbock Lake: Late Quaternary Studies on the Southern High Plains, edited by Eileen Johnson, pp. 14-21. Texas A&M University Press, College Station.
Johnson, Eileen and Vance T. Holliday, Introduction. In Lubbock Lake: Late Quaternary Studies on the Southern High Plains, edited by Eileen Johnson, pp. 1-13. Texas A&M University Press, College Station. (.pdf)
Johnson, Eileen and Vance T. Holliday, Lubbock Lake Lithic Assemblages. In Lubbock Lake: Late Quaternary Studies on the Southern High Plains, edited by Eileen Johnson, pp. 100-119. Texas A&M University Press, College Station. (.pdf)
Johnson, Eileen and Vance T. Holliday, Summary. In Lubbock Lake: Late Quaternary Studies on the Southern High Plains, edited by Eileen Johnson, pp. 159-162. Texas A&M University Press, College Station. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Genesis of a Late-Holocene Soil Chronosequence at the Lubbock Lake Archaeological Site, Texas. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 78:594-610. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Late Pleistocene and Holocene Stratigraphy, Southern High Plains of Texas. In Geological Society of America, Centennial Field Guide - South-Central Section, edited by O. T. Hayward, pp. 293-298. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Mt. Blanco Revisited: Soil-geomorphic Implications for the Ages of the Upper Cenozoic Blanco and Blackwater Draw Formations. Geology 16:505-508. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Middle Holocene Drought on the Southern High Plains. Quaternary Research 31:74-82. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Paleopedology in Archeology. In Paleopedology: Nature and Applications of Paleosols, edited by A. Bronger and J. Catt. Catena Supplement 16:187-206. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T. and Julie K. Stein, Variability of Laboratory Procedures and Results in Geoarchaeology. Geoarchaeology 4:347-358. (.pdf)
Johnson, Eileen and Vance T. Holliday, Lubbock Lake: Late Quaternary Cultural and Environmental Change on the Southern High Plains, USA. Journal of Quaternary Science 4:145-165.
Holliday, Vance T., Soils and Landscape Evolution of Eolian Plains: The Southern High Plains of Texas and New Mexico. Geomorphology 3:489-515. (.pdf)
Thorson, Robert M. and Vance T. Holliday, Just What is Geoarchaeology? Geotimes 35:19-20. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T. and Thomas C. Gustavson, Quaternary Stratigraphy and Soils of the Southern High Plains. In Quaternary Nonglacial Geology: Conterminous United States, edited by Roger B. Morrison, pp. 479-484. Geological Society of America, Centennial Special Volume.
Holliday, Vance T., Earth Science and Archaeology (Review Essay). Reviews in Anthropology 16:35-45.
Johnson, Eileen and Vance T. Holliday, Les Cultures Préhistoriques des Southern High Plains ( USA) Dans Leurs Contextes Stratigraphique et Paléoclimatique. L'Anthropologie, 97:651-673.
Holliday, Vance T., The "State Factor" Approach in Geoarchaeology. In Factors of Soil Formation - A Fiftieth Anniversary Perspective, edited by Ronald Amundson, pp. 65-86. Soil Science Society of America, Special Publication 33. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., C. Vance Haynes, Jr., Jack L. Hofman, and David J. Meltzer, Geoarchaeology and Geochronology of the Miami (Clovis) Site, Southern High Plains of Texas. Quaternary Research 41:234-244. (.pdf)
Hill, Matthew G., Vance T. Holliday, and Dennis J. Stanford. A Further Evaluation of the San Jon site, New Mexico. Plains Anthropologist 40:369-390
Holliday, Vance T., Late Quaternary Stratigraphy of the Southern High Plains. In Ancient Peoples and Landscapes, edited by Eileen Johnson, pp. 289-313. Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock.
Johnson, Eileen and Vance T. Holliday, Archaeology and Late Quaternary Environments of the Southern High Plains. Bulletin of the Texas Archeological Society 66:519-540.
Muhs, Daniel R. and Vance T. Holliday, Active Dune Sand on the Great Plains in the 19th Century: Evidence From Accounts of Early Explorers. Quaternary Research 43:198-208. (.pdf)
Sabin, Ty J. and Vance T. Holliday, Morphometric and Spatial Relationships of Playas and Lunettes on the Southern High Plains. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 85:286-305. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T. and David J. Meltzer, Geoarchaeology of the Midland (Paleoindian) Site, Texas. American Antiquity 61:755-771. (.pdf)
Johnson, Eileen and Vance T. Holliday, Analysis of Paleoindian Bone Beds at the Clovis Site: New Data From Old Excavations. Plains Anthropologist 42:329-352. (.pdf)
Dahms, Dennis, Vance T. Holliday, and Peter W. Birkeland, Technical Comment: Paleosols and Devonian Forests. Science 279:151. (.pdf)
Knudson, Ruthann, Eileen Johnson, and Vance T. Holliday, The 10,000-year-old Lubbock Artifact Assemblage. Plains Anthropologist 43:239-256. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Eileen Johnson, and Thomas W. Stafford, Jr., AMS Radiocarbon Dating of the Type Plainview and Firstview (Paleoindian) Assemblages. American Antiquity 64:444-454. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Folsom Drought and Episodic Drying on the Southern High Plains From 10,900-10,200 14C yr B.P. Quaternary Research 53:1-12. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., History of Geoarchaeology on the Southern High Plains. In Geoarchaeological Research in the Great Plains, edited by R. Mandel, pp. 10-43. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Vance Haynes and Paleoindian Geoarchaeology and Geochronology of the Great Plains. Geoarchaeology 15:511-522. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Stratigraphy and Geochronology of Upper Quaternary Eolian Sand on the Southern High Plains of Texas and New Mexico, U.S.A. Geological Society of America Bulletin 113:88-108. (.pdf)
Muhs, Daniel R. and Vance T. Holliday, Origin of Late Quaternary Dune Fields on the Southern High Plains of Texas and New Mexico. Geological Society of America Bulletin 113:75-87. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., James C. Knox, Garry L. Running IV, Rolfe D. Mandel, and C. Reid Ferring, The Central Lowlands and Great Plains. In The Physical Geography of North America, edited by Anthony Orme, pp. 335-362. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. (.pdf)
Holliday, Vance T., Leslie D. McFadden, E. Arthur Bettis, and Peter W. Birkeland, Soil Survey and Soil-Geomorphology. In Profiles in the History of the U.S. Soil Survey, edited by Douglas Helms, Anne B.W. Effland, and Patricia J. Durana, pp. 233-274. Iowa State Press, Iowa City. (.pdf)
Meltzer, David J., Lawrence C. Todd, and Vance T. Holliday, The Folsom (Paleoindian) Type Site: Past Investigations, Current Studies. American Antiquity 67:5-36. (.pdf)
Litwinionek, Luc, Eileen Johnson, and Vance T. Holliday, The Playas of the Southern High Plains: An Archipelago of Human Occupation for 12,000 Years on the North American Grasslands. In Islands on the Plains: Ecological, Social, and Ritual Use of Landscapes, edited by Marcel Kornfeld and Alan J. Osborn, pp.21-43. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City. (.pdf)
Vance T. Holliday, Ice Age Peopling of New Mexico in New Mexico's Ice Ages edited by S. G. Lucas, G. S. Morgan, and K. E. Zeigler. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 28, p. 263-276. (.pdf)
Vance T. Holliday, A History of Soil-Geomorphology in the United States. in Footprints in the Soil: People and Ideas in Soil History edited by B.P. Warkenton, Elsevier Press, p. 187-254. (.pdf)
James K. Feathers, Vance T. Holliday, and David J. Meltzer, OSL Dating of Sediments at Paleoindian and Archaic Sites on the Southern High Plains. Journal of Archaeological Science 33:1651-1665 (.pdf)
David J. Meltzer with Vance T. Holliday, Geology, Paleotopography, Stratigraphy, and Geochronology. In Folsom: New Archaeological Investigations of a Classic Paleoindian Bison Kill , by D. J. Meltzer, University of California Press, p. 112-153. (.pdf)
Vance T. Holliday, B.B. Huckell, James M. Mayer, and S.L. Forman, Geoarchaeology of the Boca Negra Wash Area, Albuquerque Basin, New Mexico. Geoarchaeology, 21:765-802. (.pdf)
Vance T. Holliday and R. Mandel “Paleoindian Geoarchaeology of the Great Plains, Central Lowlands, and Southwestern U.S.” Book chapter for Environment, Origins, and Populations, Volume 3 of the Handbook of North American Indians , edited by D. Stanford. Smithsonian Institution Press, p. 23-46. (.pdf)
M. V. Anikovich, A. A. Sinitsyn, J. F. Hoffecker, Vance T. Holliday, V. V. Popov, S. N. Lisitsyn, S. L. Forman, G. M. Levkovskaya, G. A. Pospelova, I. E. Kuz'mina, N. D. Burova, P. Goldberg, R. I. Macphail, B. Giaccio & N. D. Praslov, “Early Upper Palaeolithic in eastern Europe and implications for the dispersal of modern humans” Science, 315: 223-226. (.pdf)
Vance T. Holliday, J. F. Hoffecker, P. Goldberg, R. I. Macphail, S. L. Forman, M. Anikovich, and A. Sinitsyn Geoarchaeology of the Kostenki-Borshchevo Sites, Don River, Russia. Geoarchaeology, 22: 181-228. (.pdf)
James H. Mayer, George S. Burr, and Vance T. Holliday, “Comparisons and interpretations of charcoal and organic matter radiocarbon ages from buried soils in north-central Colorado.” Radiocarbon, v. 50, p. 331-346. (.pdf)
Hoffecker, John F., M.V. Anikovich, A.A. Sinitsyn, V.V. Popov, Vance T. Holliday, G. M. Levkovskaya,G.A. Pospelova, Steven L. Forman, Biagio Giaccio, S.N. Lisitsyn, “Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transition in Eastern Europe” Journal of Human Evolution v. 55, p. 858-870. (.pdf)
Vance T. Holliday, “Geoarchaeology and the Search for the First Americans” Catena v. 78, p. 310-322. (.pdf)
Todd Surovell, Vance T. Holliday, Joseph Gingerich, Caroline Ketron, C Vance Haynes, Ilene Hilman, Daniel Wagner, Eileen Johnson, Phillippe Claeys, "An Independent Evaluation of the Younger Dryas Extraterrestrial Impact Hypothesis" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences v. 106, p. 18155-18158. (.pdf)
François S. Paquay, Steven Goderis, Greg Ravizza, Frank Vanhaecke, Matthew Boyd, Todd Surovell, Vance T. Holliday, C. Vance Haynes, Philippe Claeys, “Absence of an extraterrestrial Platinum Group Element anomaly at the Bølling-Allerød/Younger Dryas transition”Absence of geochemical evidence for an impact event at the Bølling–Allerød/Younger Dryas transition" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v. 106, p. 21505-21510. (.pdf) supplemental data (.pdf)
Jesse A.M. Ballenger and Vance T. Holliday, Editors, “Paleoindians in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico.” Archaeology Southwest, v 23, n 3 (Summer) (.pdf)
Christine Hatté, Gregory Hodgins, Vance T Holliday, A J Timothy Jull, Dating human occupation on diatom-phytolith-rich sediment: Case studies of Mustang Spring and Lubbock Lake, Texas, USA. Radiocarbon, v 52, p 13-24. (.pdf)
Vance T. Holliday and David J. Meltzer “The 12.9ka Impact Hypothesis and North American Paleoindians” Current Anthropology. v. 51, p. 575-585. (.pdf)
David J. Meltzer and Vance T. Holliday, “Response to comments on ‘The 12.9ka Impact Hypothesis and North American Paleoindians’” Current Anthropology. v. 51, p. 599-602.
Vance T. Holliday, Denise Lawrence-Zuniga and Victor Buchli, “Prologue to uses of chemical residues to make statements about human activities.” Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, v. 17, pp. 175-182. (.pdf)
Stance Hurst, Eileen Johnson, Vance T. Holliday and Sophie Butler, “Playa archaeology on the Southern High Plains of Texas: A spatial analysis of hunter-gatherer occupations at Tahoka-Walker (41LY53). Plains Anthropologist, 55, pp. 195-214. (.pdf)
Mathew E. Hill, Jr., and Vance T. Holliday, "Paleoindian and Later Occupations along the Paleoshorelines in the San Agustin Plains, West-central New Mexico" Journal of Field Archaeology, 35: 363-381.(pdf)
Vance T. Holliday, David J. Meltzer , and Rolfe Mandel, Stratigraphy of the Younger Dryas Chronozone and paleoenvironmental implications: Central and Southern Great Plains. Quaternary International, 242, 520-533.(pdf)
Jesse A.M. Ballenger, Vance T. Holliday, Andrew L. Kowler, William T. Reitze, Mary M. Prasciunas, D. Shane Miller, and Jason D. Windingstad, Evidence for Younger Dryas global climate oscillation and human response in the American Southwest, Quaternary International, 242, 502-519. (pdf)
E. Johnson, V.T. Holliday, G.Martínez, M. Gutiérrez, G. Politis, E. Johnson et al, Paso Otero, "Geochronology and landscape development in the Middle Río Quenquén Grande at the Paso Otero Locality, Pampa Interserrana, Argentina." Geoarchaeology, 27:300-323.(pdf)
Maarten Blaauw, Vance T. Holliday, Jacquelyn L. Gill, and Kathleen Nicoll. "Age models and the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; doi:10.1073/pnas.1206143109 (pdf)
M. Boslough, K. Nicoll, V. T. Holliday, T. L. Daulton, D. Meltzer, N. Pinter, A. C. Scott, T. Surovell, Ph. Claeys, J. Gill, F. Paquay, J. Marlon, P. Bartlein, C. Whitlock, D. Grayson, T. Jull, "Arguments and evidence against a Younger Dryas Impact Event. Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations. Geophysical Monograph Series 198, p.13-26. American Geophysical Union. (pdf)
Marcus J. Hamilton, Briggs Buchanan, Bruce B. Huckell, Vance T. Holliday, "Clovis paleoecology and lithic technology in the Central Rio Grande Rift Region, New Mexico." American Antiquity, 78:248-265. (pdf)
Vance T. Holliday and D. Shane Miller, "The Clovis Landscape." In Paleoamerican Odyssey, K. E. Graf, C. V. Ketron, and M.R. Waters, eds., p. 221-245. Texas A&M University Press, College Station. (pdf)
D. Shane Miller, Vance T. Holliday, and Jordon Bright, "Clovis Across the Continent." In Paleoamerican Odyssey, K. E. Graf, C. V. Ketron, and M.R. Waters, eds., p. 207-220. Texas A&M University Press, College Station. (pdf)
Guadalupe Sanchez, Vance T. Holliday, Edmund P. Gaines, Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, Natalia Martínez-Tagüeña, Andrew Kowler, Todd Lange, Gregory W. L. Hodgins, Susan M. Mentzer, and Ismael Sanchez-Morales. "Human (Clovis) gomphothere (Cuvieronius sp.) association ~13,390 calibrated yr BP in Sonora, Mexico." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 10972-10977 doi/10.1073/pnas.1404546111). (pdf) Supplemental data
Vance T. Holliday, Todd Surovell, David J. Meltzer, Donald K. Grayson, Mark Boslough, "The Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis: A Cosmic Catastrophe." Journal of Quaternary Sciences, 29:525-530. (pdf) Supplemental data
Laura R. Murphy, Stance C. Hurst, Vance T. Holliday, Eileen Johnson. "Late Quaternary landscape evolution, soil stratigraphy, and geoarchaeology of the Caprock Canyonlands, Northwest Texas, USA." Quaternary International 342: 57-72.
John F. Hoffecker, Vance T. Holliday, Vadim N. Stepanchuk, Alexis Brugère, Steven L. Forman, Paul Goldberg, Oleg Tubolzev and Igor Pisarev, "Geoarchaeological and bioarchaeological Studies at Mira, an Early Upper Paleolithic site in the Lower Dnepr Valley, Ukraine." Geoarchaeology 29:61-77. (pdf)
Guadalupe Sanchez, Vance T. Holliday, John Carpenter, and Edmund P. Gaines, In Clovis: On the Edge of a New Understanding, edited by Ashley M. Smallwood and Thomas A. Jennings, pp. 243-261 Texas A&M University Press.
Mary M. Prasciunas, Vance T. Holliday, and Jesse A. M. Ballenger, "Terminal Pleistocene Paleoindian ecology and demography: A view from the Southwestern United States." In Causation and Explanation: Demography, Movement, Historical Ecology, C. Herhahn and A. Ramenofsky, eds. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
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