Terrance Martin

  • Emeritus Curator of Anthropology, Illinois State Museum


Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

  • Prehistoric Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • French Colonial Archaeology
  • Midwestern United States
  • Upper Great Lakes region

Biographical Info

Terrance J. Martin is Emeritus Curator of Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Illinois, where he was formerly Curator and Chair of Anthropology and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Anthropology Section’s collection management program. A native of western Michigan, he received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Michigan State University and has been active in interdisciplinary archaeological research projects for more than thirty years. As a “zooarchaeologist,” he focuses on past uses of animals in the Midwest, and is especially interested in late prehistoric and early historic Native American sites and eighteenth-century French colonial occupations. He is also concerned with the economic and spiritual importance of the lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) to Native American populations in the Upper Great Lakes. He was co-director of the New Philadelphia archaeological project in Pike County, Illinois (2002-2011), which received funding from the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, and he was principle investigator for an archaeological investigation of the Jameson Jenkins Lot in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois (2013-2015). Among most recent zooarchaeological projects are the Hoxie Farm site (Cook County, Illinois), the Morton Village site (Fulton county, Illinois), the Iliniwek Village Historic Site (Clark County, Missouri), and the Prison Farm site (Ionia County, Michigan).

Current Research Projects

Carpenter Street Underpass Project (Springfield, IL), zooarchaeology

Hoxie Farm site (Cook County, IL), zooarchaeology

Morton Village site (Fulton County, IL), zooarchaeology

Fort St. Joseph site (Berrien County, MI), zooarchaeology

Prison Farm site (Ionia County, MI), zooarchaeology

Iliniwek Village site (Clark County, MO), zooarchaeology


2016          (Michael S. Nassaney and Terrance J. Martin) Food and Furs at French Fort St. Joseph. In Archaeological Perspectives on the French in the New World,.edited by Elizabeth M. Scott. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. In Press.

2016          (R. B. Brugam, K. Little, L. Kohn, P. Brunkow, G. Vogel, and T. Martin)  Tracking Changes in the Illinois River Using Stable Isotopes in Modern and Ancient Fishes. River Research and Applications. Wiley Online Lilbrary (wileyonlinelibrary.com) DOI: 10.1002/rra 3099.

2016          (Chris Widga, Dennis F Lawler, David A Rubin, Jennifer A Reetz, Richard H Evans, Basil P Tangredi, Richard M Thomas, Terrance J Martin, Charles Hildebolt, Kirk Smith, Daniel Lieb, Jill E Sackman, James G Avery, and Gail K Smith)  Differential diagnosis of vertebral spinous process deviations in archaeological and modern domestic dogs. Journal of Archaeological Science 9:54-63.

2015          (Kenneth B. Farnsworth, Terrance J. Martin, and Angela R. Perri) Modified Predator-Mandible and -Maxilla Artifacts and Predator Symbolism in Illinois Hopewell. Studies in Archaeological Material Culture, No. 3. Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana.

2015          (Angela R. Perri, Terrance J. Martin, and Kenneth B. Farnsworth) A Bobcat Burial and Other Reported Intentional Animal Burials from Illinois Hopewell Mounds. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 40(3):282-301.

2015          (Gregory R. Fretueg, Terrance J. Martin, Chris Widga, and Dennis R. Ruez, Jr.) Summer Diet Characteristics of North American River Otters (Lontra canadensis) in Central Illinois. American Midland Naturalist 173:294-304.

2015          Foodways and the Illinois: Archaeozoological Samples from Grid A. In Protohistory at the Grand Village of the Kaskaskia: The Illinois Country on the Eve of Colony, edited by Robert F. Mazrim, pp. 65-88.  Studies in Archaeology No. 10. Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana.

2014          Bison Scapulae from Hoxie Farm, Illinois: Perspectives on Upper Mississippian Subsistence and Regional Interaction. In Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, and Malacology: A Festschrift for James L. Theler, edited by Matthew G. Hill, pp. 185-196. The Wisconsin Archeologist 95(2).

2014          Curating Ethnozoological and Zooarchaeological Collections. In Curating Biocultural Collections: A Handbook, edited by Jan Salick, Katie Konchar, and Mark Nesbitt, pp. 85-96. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in association with Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis.

2013          (D.F. Lawler, D.A. Rubin, R.H. Evans, C.F. Hildebolt, K.E. Smith, C. Widga, T.J. Martin, M. Siegel, J.E. Sackman, G.K. Smith, and T.K. Patel) Unusual Shoulder Articular Lesion in an Ancient Domestic Dog (Canis lupus familiaris L., 1758): Synthesis of Differential Diagnosis. International Journal of Paleopathology 3:282-287.

2013          Animal Remains from the Fortified Village. In The Hoxie Farm Site Fortified Village: Late Fisher Phase Occupation and Fortification in South Chicago, edited by Douglas K. Jackson and Thomas E. Emerson, pp. 447-450. Research Report 27. Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.

2013          Subsistence Strategies in Southwestern Michigan and the Spiritual Importance of Lake Sturgeon. In The Tie That Binds: Essays in Honor of Margaret B. Holman, edited by Janet G. Brashler and William A. Lovis, pp. 61-72. The Michigan Archaeologist 54 (2008).