Kurt Rademaker

  • Assistant Professor

Contact

McDonel Hall E-25

Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

  • Environmental archaeology
  • Historical ecology
  • Settlement of the Americas
  • Hunter-gatherers
  • Origins of complexity
  • Lithic technology and provenance
  • Geographic information systems
  • Quaternary studies
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration and education

Biographical Info

I am an interdisciplinary archaeologist interested in human-environment dynamics, hunter-gatherer colonization of South America, adaptations in extreme environments, and foundations of complex societies. In the past 15 years I have carried out archaeological research primarily in the Peruvian Andes and quaternary studies in Peru and Scotland. I also have worked as an archaeologist in the Eastern Woodlands and Great Basin regions of the U.S., in Mexico, and in Chile. In Peru my team searches for and investigates hunter-gatherer sites from the Pacific coast to the high-elevation Andes. Ongoing collaborations with earth science colleagues are producing high-resolution paleoenvironmental records for comparison with cultural sequences. Other current collaborative research with physical anthropologists and paleogeneticists is focused on understanding how humans have adapted to live in high-elevation mountain regions, some of the most challenging environments on Earth. I encourage any interested students to contact me in advance of applying to the Michigan State University graduate program.

Current Research Projects

“Social Adaptation in a Highly Varied Spatial Environment”

NSF Archaeology Grant #BCS-1659015.

Graduate students:

Mike Cook (MSU)

Emily Milton (MSU)

Taylor Panczak (MSU)

Sarah Meinekat (U. of Tübingen)

Publications

Putnam, A.E., G.R.M. Bromley, K. Rademaker, and J. Schaefer, 2018 (in review): An in situ 10Be production-rate calibration from a 14C-dated late-glacial moraine belt in Rannoch Moor, central Scottish highlands. Quaternary Geochronology.

Rademaker, K. and G. Hodgins, 2018 (in press): Exploring the chronology of occupations and burials at Cuncaicha shelter, Peru. In New Perspectives on the Peopling of the Americas, edited by K. Harvati, G. Jäger, and H. Reyes-Centeno. Words Bones Genes Tools: DFG Center for Advanced Studies Series, Vol 1. Kerns Verlag: Tübingen.

Francken, M., J. Beier, H. Reyes-Centeno, K. Harvati, and K. Rademaker, 2018 (in press): The human skeletal remains from Cuncaicha rock shelter, Peru. In New Perspectives on the Peopling of the Americas, edited by K. Harvati, G. Jäger, and H. Reyes-Centeno. Words Bones Genes Tools: DFG Center for Advanced Studies Series, Vol 1. Kerns Verlag: Tübingen.

Rademaker, K. and K. Moore, 2018. Variation in the occupation intensity of early forager sites of the Andean puna: Implications for settlement and adaptation. In Foraging in the Past: Archaeological Studies of Hunter-Gatherer Diversity, edited by A.K. Lemke. University Press of Colorado: Boulder.

Posth, C., N. Nakatsuka, I. Lazaridis, P. Skoglund, S. Mallick, T.C. Lamnidis, N. Rohland, K. Nägele, N. Adamski, E. Bertolini, N. Broomandkhoshbacht, A. Cooper, B.J. Culleton, T. Ferraz, M. Ferry, Furtwängler, W. Haak, K. Harkins, T.K. Harper, Tabita Hünemeier, A.M. Lawson, B. Llamas, M. Michel, E. Nelson, J. Oppenheimer, N. Patterson, S. Schiffels, J. Sedig, K. Stewardson, S. Talamo, C.-C. Wang, J.-J. Hublin, M. Hubbe, K. Harvati, A. Nuevo Delaunay, J. Beier, M. Francken, P. Kaulicke, H. Reyes-Centeno, K. Rademaker, W.R. Trask, M. Robinson, S.M. Gutierrez, K.M. Prufer, D.C. Salazar-García, E.N. Chim, L. Müller Plumm Gomes, M.L. Alves, A. Liryo, M. Inglez, R.E. Oliveira, D.V. Bernardo, A. Barioni, V. Wesolowski, N.A. Scheifler, M.A. Rivera, C.R. Plens, P.G. Messineo, L. Figuti, D. Corach, C. Scabuzzo, S. Eggers, P. DeBlasis, M. Reindel, C. Méndez, G. Politis, E. Tomasto-Cagigao, D.J. Kennett, A. Strauss, L. Fehren-Schmitz, J. Krause, and D. Reich, 2018. Reconstructing the Deep Population History of Central and South America. Cell 175, 1–13.