Kurt Rademaker

  • Assistant Professor

Contact

McDonel Hall E-25

Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

  • Environmental archaeology
  • 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, the initial hunter-gatherer settlement of South America, adaptations in extreme environments, and foundations of complex societies. I have carried out archaeological research and Quaternary studies in Peru and Scotland over the past 17 years. Before that I worked as an archaeologist in the Eastern Woodlands and Great Basin regions of the U.S. and in Mexico.Current archaeological research in Peru is focused on a >12,000-year-old archaeological settlement system spanning the Pacific coast to the high Andes. My team and I are re-excavating and re-dating many high-elevation Andean sites to improve chronologies and site-formation models, a key step toward better understanding human-environment interactions and adaptive processes. We are also applying cutting-edge archaeological science methods to legacy collections. These projects involve collaboration with earth science colleagues to produce high-resolution paleoenvironmental records and with physical anthropologists and paleogeneticists to study 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. More information on my working group’s research is at: www.paleoandes.com

Current Research Projects

“Social Adaptation in a Highly Varied Spatial Environment” – NSF Archaeology Grant #BCS-1659015.

“New Investigations of Human Ecology in the Puna of Junin” – MSU Faculty Initiatives Fund.

Graduate students:

Emily Milton (MSU): http://anthropology.msu.edu/author/miltone2/

Sarah Meinekat (U. of Tübingen): https://uni-tuebingen.de/fakultaeten/mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche-fakultaet/fachbereiche/geowissenschaften/arbeitsgruppen/urgeschichte-naturwissenschaftliche-archaeologie/forschungsbereich/geoarchaeologie/working-group-members/sarah-ann-meinekat/

Publications

Reid, D.A., P.R. Williams; K. Rademaker; N. Tripcevich, and M.D. Glascock, 2021, submitted. The characterization of small-sized obsidian debitage using p-XRF: A case study from Arequipa, Peru. Obsidian Compositional Studies from Across the Americas at the Elemental Analysis Facility, Field Museum of Natural History edited by D. Riebe and G. Feinman. Archaeopress.

Rademaker, K., M.D. Glascock, D.A. Reid, E. Zuñiga, and G.R.M. Bromley, 2021, in review. Comprehensive mapping and compositional analysis of the Alca obsidian source, Peru. Quaternary International

Lovis, W.A., A.F. Arbogast, D.H. Carr, R.E. Donahue, K. Rademaker, and K. McKeehan, 2021, in review. The Parkhill Phase Middle Paleoindian Hipwater locale, southern lower Michigan, USA. PaleoAmerica.

Burger, R.L., E. Tsurumi, M. Boulanger, K. Rademaker and M.D. Glascock, 2021, in review. Sayrosa, a minor obsidian source in the puna of Arequipa. Ñawpa Pacha: Journal of Andean Archaeology

Chatters, J.C., B.A. Potter, A.M. Prentiss, S.J. Fiedel, G. Haynes, R.L. Kelly, J.D. Kilby, F. Lanoë, J. Holland-Lulewicz, D.S. Miller, J.E. Morrow, A.R. Perri, G. Politis, K.M. Rademaker, J.D. Reuther, B.T. Ritchison, G. Sanchez, I. Sánchez-Morales, M. Spivey-Faulkner, J.W. Tune, and C.V. Haynes. 2021, in review.  Evaluating claims of early human occupation at Chiquihuite Cave, Mexico. PaleoAmerica

Potter, B.A., J.C. Chatters, A.M. Prentiss, S.J. Fiedel, G. Haynes, R.L. Kelly, J.D. Kilby, F. Lanoë, J. Holland-Lulewicz, D.S. Miller, J.E. Morrow, A.R. Perri, K.M. Rademaker, J.D. Reuther, B.T. Ritchison, G. Sanchez, I. Sánchez-Morales, M. Spivey-Faulkner, J.W. Tune, and C. Vance Haynes, 2021, accepted.  Current understanding of the earliest human occupations in the Americas: Evaluation of Valdivia-Becerra and Higham (2020). PaleoAmerica

Meinekat, S., C. Miller, and K. Rademaker, 2021, accepted. A site formation model for Cuncaicha rock shelter: Depositional and post-depositional processes at the high-altitude keysite in the Peruvian Andes. Geoarchaeology

Kocher, A., Papac, R. Barquera, F.M. Key, M.A. Spyrou, R. Hübler, A.B. Rohrlach, F. Aron, R. Stahl, A. Wissgott, F. van Bömmel, M. Pfefferkorn, A. Mittnik, V. Villalba-Mouco, G.U. Neumann, M. Rivollat, M.S. van de Loosdrecht, K. Majander, R.I. Tukhbatova, L. Musralina, A. Ghalichi, S. Penske, S. Sabin, M. Michel, J. Gretzinger, E.A. Nelson, T. Ferraz, K. Nägele, C. Parker, M. Keller, E.K. Guevara, M. Feldman, S. Eisenmann, E. Skourtanioti, K. Giffin, G.A. Gnecchi Ruscone, S. Friederich, V. Schimmenti, V. Khartanovich, M.K. Karapetian, M.S. Chaplygin, V.V. Kufterin, A.A. Khokhlov, A.A. Chizhevsky, D.A. Stashenkov, A.F. Kochkina, C. Tejedor-Rodríguez, Í. García-Martínez de Lagrán, H. Arcusa-Magallón, R. Garrido-Pena, J.I. Royo-Guillén, J. Nováček, S. Rottier, S. Kacki, S. Saintot, E. Kaverzneva, A.B. Belinskiy, P. Velemínský, P. Limburský, M. Kostka, L. Loe, E. Popescu, R. Clarke, A. Lyons, R. Mortimer, A. Sajantila, Y. Chinique de Armas, S.T. Hernandez Godoy, D.I. Hernández-Zaragoza, J. Pearson, D. Binder, P. Lefranc, A.R. Kantorovich, V.E. Maslov, L. Lai, M. Zoledziewska, J.F. Beckett, M. Langová, A. Danielisová, T. Ingman, G. García Atiénzar, M.P. de Miguel Ibánez, A. Romero, A. Sperduti, S. Beckett, S.J. Salter, E.D. Zilivinskaya, D.V. Vasil’ev, K. von Heyking, R.L. Burger, L.C. Salazar, L. Amkreutz, M. Navruzbekov, E. Rosenstock, C. Alonso-Fernández, V. Slavchev, A.A. Kalmykov, B.Ch. Atabiev, E. Batieva, M. Alvarez Calmet, B. Llamas, M. Schultz, R. Krauß, J. Jiménez-Echevarría, M. Francken, S. Shnaider, P. de Knijff, E. Altena, K. Van de Vijver, L. Fehren-Schmitz, T.A. Tung, S. Lösch, M. Dobrovolskaya, N. Makarov, C. Read, M. Van Twest, C. Sagona, P.C. Ramsl, M. Akar, K.A. Yener, E. Carmona Ballestero, F. Cucca, V. Mazzarello, P. Utrilla, K. Rademaker, E. Fernández-Domínguez, D. Baird, P. Semal, L. Márquez-Morfín, M. Roksandic, H. Steiner, D. Carlos Salazar-García, N. Shishlina, Y.S. Erdal, F. Hallgren, Y. Boyadzhiev, K. Boyadzhiev, M. Küßner, D. Sayer, P. Onkamo, R. Skeates, M. Rojo-Guerra, A. Buzhilova, E. Khussainova, L.B. Djansugurova, A.Z. Beisenov, Z. Samashev, K. Massy, M. Mannino, V. Moiseyev, K. Mannermaa, O. Balanovsky, M.-F. Deguilloux, S. Reinhold, S. Hansen, E.P. Kitov, M. Dobeš, M. Ernée, H. Meller, K.W. Alt, K. Prüfer, C. Warinner, S. Schiffels, P.W. Stockhammer, K. Bos, C. Posth, A. Herbig, W. Haak, J. Krause, and D. Kühnert, 2021 (in review). Ten millennia of hepatitis B virus evolution. Science 374: 182-188.

Karakostis, A., H. Reyes-Centeno, M. Francken, G. Hotz, K. Rademaker, and K. Harvati, 2020. Bio-cultural evidence of precise manual activities in an early Holocene individual of the high-altitude Peruvian Andes. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 174: 35-48.

Nakatsuka, N., I. Lazaridis, C. Barbieri, P. Skoglund, N. Rohland, S. Mallick, C. Posth, K. Harkins-Kinkaid, M. Ferry, É. Harney, M. Michel, K. Stewardson, J. Novak-Forst, J.M. Capriles, M.A. Durruty, K.A. Álvarez, D. Beresford-Jones, R. Burger, L. Cadwallader, R. Fujita, J. Isla, G. Lau, C. Lémuz Aguirre, S. LeBlanc, S. Calla Maldonado, F. Meddens, P.G. Messineo, B.J. Culleton, T.K. Harper, J. Quilter, G. Politis, K. Rademaker, M. Reindel, M. Rivera, L. Salazar, J.R. Sandoval, C.M. Santoro, N. Scheifler, V. Standen, M.I. Barreto, I. Flores Espinoza, E. Tomasto-Cagigao, G. Valverde, D.J. Kennett, A. Cooper, J. Krause, W. Haak, B. Llamas, D. Reich, and L. Fehren-Schmitz, 2020.    Paleogenomic reconstruction of the deep population history of the Andes. Cell 181: 1131-1135.

Menéndez, L. and K. Rademaker, 2020. Estudio ecomorfológico de la variación craneana en poblaciones prehistóricas de Perú. Revista del Museo de La Plata 5(1): 171-189.

Menéndez, L., K. Rademaker, and K. Harvati, 2019. Revisiting east-west skull patterns and the role of random factors in South America: Cranial reconstruction and morphometric analysis of the facial skeleton from Cuncaicha rock shelter (southern Peru). PaleoAmerica 6(1), DOI: 10.1080/20555563.2019.1703167

Bromley, G., J.-C. Thouret, I. Schimmelpfennig, J. Mariño, D. Valdivia, K. Rademaker, S.d.P. Vivanco Lopez, ASTER team, G. Aumaître, D. Bourlés, and K. Keddadouche, 2019. In situ cosmogenic 3He and 36Cl and radiocarbon dating of volcanic deposits refine the Pleistocene and Holocene eruption chronology of SW Peru. Bulletin of Volcanology 81: 64. DOI: 10.1007/s00445-019-1325-6

Putnam, A.E., G.R.M. Bromley, K. Rademaker, and J. Schaefer, 2019. An in situ 10Be production-rate calibration from a 14C-dated late-glacial moraine belt in Rannoch Moor, central Scottish highlands. Quaternary Geochronology 50: 105-125.

Rademaker, K. and G. Hodgins, 2018. 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. 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, A. Furtwängler, W. Haak, K. Harkins, T.K. Harper, T. 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.

Chala-Aldana, D., H. Bocherens, C. Miller, K. Moore, G. Hodgins, and K. Rademaker, 2018. Investigating mobility and highland occupation strategies during the Early Holocene at the Cuncaicha rock shelter through strontium and oxygen isotopes. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 19: 811-827.

Pitblado, B. and K. Rademaker, 2017. Guest editorial: The peopling of high-altitude landscapes of the Americas. Quaternary International 461: 1-3.

Bromley, G.R.M., J.M. Schaefer, B.A. Hall, K.M. Rademaker, A.E. Putnam, C.E. Todd, M. Hegland, G. Winckler, M.S. Jackson, and P. Strand, 2016. A cosmogenic 10Be chronology for the local last glacial maximum and termination in the Cordillera Oriental, southern Peruvian Andes: Implications for the tropical role in global climate. Quaternary Science Reviews 148: 54-67.

Rademaker, K., G. Hodgins, K. Moore, S. Zarrillo, C. Miller, G.R.M. Bromley, P. Leach, D.A. Reid, W. Yépez Álvarez, and D.H. Sandweiss, 2016. Cuncaicha rockshelter, a key site for understanding colonization of the high Andes. Current Anthropology 57(1): 101-103.

Méndez, C., K. Rademaker, and V.G. Standen, 2015. Editorial: Early lithic technology in South America: Moving beyond regional projectile point typologies. Chungara Revista de Antropología Chilena 47: 3-5.

Rademaker, K., 2014. Late ice-age human settlement of the high-altitude Peruvian Andes. Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte 23: 13-35. Tübingen.

Rademaker, K., G. Hodgins, K. Moore, S. Zarrillo, C. Miller, G.R.M. Bromley, P. Leach, D.A. Reid, W. Yépez Álvarez, and D.H. Sandweiss, 2014. Paleoindian settlement of the high-altitude Peruvian Andes. Science 346: 466-469.

Bromley, G.R.M., A.E. Putnam, K.M. Rademaker, T.V. Lowell, J.M. Schaefer, B.L. Hall, G. Winckler, S. Birkel, and H. Borns, 2014. Younger Dryas deglaciation of Scotland driven by warming summers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(17): 6215-6219.

Rademaker, K., M.D. Glascock, B. Kaiser, D. Gibson, D.R. Lux, and M.G. Yates, 2013. Multi-technique geochemical characterization of the Alca obsidian source, Peruvian Andes. Geology 41(7): 779-782.

Sandweiss, D.H. and K.M. Rademaker, 2013. El poblamiento del sur peruano: Costa y sierra. Boletín de Arqueología PUCP 15: 274-294. Lima.

Rademaker, K., G.R.M. Bromley, and D.H. Sandweiss, 2013. Peru archaeological radiocarbon database, 13,000-7000 14C B.P. Quaternary International 30: 34-45.

Rademaker, K., D.A. Reid, and G.R.M. Bromley, 2012. Connecting the dots: Least-cost analysis, paleogeography, and the search for Paleoindian sites in southern highland Peru. In Least Cost Analysis of Social Landscapes: Archaeological Case Studies, edited by D.A. White and S. Surface-Evans, pp. 32-45. University of Utah Press: Salt Lake City.

Bromley, G.R.M., B.L. Hall, K.M. Rademaker, C.E. Todd, and A.E. Racoviteanu, 2011. Late Pleistocene snowline fluctuations at Nevado Coropuna (15ºS), southern Peruvian Andes. Journal of Quaternary Science 26(3): 305-317.

Bromley, G.R.M., B.L. Hall, J.M. Schaefer, G. Winckler, C.E. Todd, and K.M. Rademaker, 2011. Glacier fluctuations in the southern Peruvian Andes during the late-glacial period, constrained with cosmogenic 3He. Journal of Quaternary Science 26(1): 37-43.

Sandweiss, D.H., A.R. Kelley, D.F. Belknap, J.T. Kelley, K.M. Rademaker, and D.A. Reid, 2009. GPR identification of an early monument at Los Morteros in the Peruvian coastal desert. Quaternary Research 73: 439-448.

Bromley, G.R.M., J.M. Schaefer, G. Winckler, B.L. Hall, C.E. Todd, and K.M. Rademaker, 2009. Relative timing of last glacial maximum and late-glacial events in the central tropical Andes. Quaternary Science Reviews 28: 2514–2526.

Perry, L., R. Dickau, S. Zarrillo, I. Holst, D.M. Pearsall, D.R. Piperno, M.J. Berman, R.G. Cooke, K. Rademaker, A.J. Ranere, J.S. Raymond, D.H. Sandweiss, F. Scaramelli, K. Tarble, and J.A. Zeidler, 2007.    Starch fossils and the domestication and dispersal of chili peppers (Capsicum spp.) in the Americas. Science 315, 986-988.

Perry, L., D.H. Sandweiss, D. Piperno, K. Rademaker, M.A. Malpass, A. Umire, and P. de la Vera, 2006. Early maize agriculture and interzonal interaction in southern Peru. Nature 440, 76-79.