Terrance Martin

  • Emeritus Curator of Anthropology, Illinois State Museum


Research Interests

    Prehistoric Archaeology
    Historical Archaeology
    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


2020 Use of Black Bears in the Western Great Lakes Region and the Riddle of the Perforated Bear Mandibles. In Bears: Archaeological and Ethnohistorical Perspectives in Native Eastern North America, edited by Heather A. Lapham and Gregory A. Waselkov, Chapter 5. University Press of Florida, Gainesville (in press, February, 2020).

2019 (Terrance J. Martin, Joseph Hearns, and Rory J. Becker) Furs, Food, and Raw Materials at Fort St. Joseph. In Fort St. Joseph Revealed: The Historical Archaeology of a Fur Trading Post, edited by Michael S. Nassaney, Chapter 3. University Press of Florida, Gainesville (in press).

2019 (Angela Perri, Chris Widga, Dennis Lawler, Terrance Martin, Thomas Loebel, Kenneth Farnsworth, Luci Kohn, and Brent Buenger) New Evidence for the Earliest Domestic Dogs in the Americas. American Antiquity 84(1): 68-87 [doi:10.1017/aaq.2018.74].

2018 (Terrance J. Martin and Michael J. Meyer) Poule au pot: Animal Remains from French Colonial Sites in the Old Village of St. Louis. Le Journal 34(4):3-14.

2018 (Máire Ní Leathlobhair, Angela R. Perri, Evan K. Irving-Pease, Kelsey E. Witt, Anna Linderholm, James Haile, Ophelie Lebrasseur, Carly Ameen, Jeffrey Blick, Adam R. Boyko, Selina Brace, Yahaira Nunes Cortes, Susan J. Crockford, Alison Devault, Evangelos A. Dimopoulos, Morley Eldridge, Jacob Enk, Shyam Gopalakrishnan, Kevin Gori, Vaughan Grimes, Eric Guiry, Anders J. Hansen, Ardern Hulme-Beaman, John Johnson, Andrew Kitchen, Aleksei K. Kasparov, Young-Mi Kwon, Pavel A. Nikolskiy, Carlos Peraza Lope, Aurélie Manin, Terrance Martin, Michael Meyer, Kelsey Noack Myers, Mark Omura, Jean-Marie Rouillard, Elena Y. Pavlova, Paul Sciulli, Mikkel-Holger S. Sinding, Andrea Strakova, Varvara V. Ivanova, Christopher Widga, Eske Willerslev, Vladimir V. Pitulko, Ian Barnes, M. Thomas P. Gilbert, Keith M. Dobney, Ripan S. Malhi, Elizabeth P. Murchison, Greger Larson, Laurent A. F. Frantz) The Evolutionary History of Dogs in the Americas. Science 361:81-86 (6 July).

2018 (John G. Franzen, Terrance J. Martin, and Eric D. Drake) Sucreries and Ziizbaakdokaan: Racialization, Indigenous Creolization, and the Archaeology of Maple Sugar Camps in Northern Michigan. Historical Archaeology 52(1):164-196.

2018 (Terrance J. Martin and Kathryn E. Parker) Ritual Feasting at Cahokia?: Animal and Plant Remains from an Early Eighteenth-Century Illinois Occupation on the First Terrace of Monks Mound. In Cahokia and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Thomas E. Emerson, edited by John A. Walthall and David J. Nolan, pp. 301-354. Illinois Archaeology 29.

2017 (Janet M. Speth, Marlin Hawley, and Terrance J. Martin) Paul W. Parmalee’s Original Notes on the Raddatz Rockshelter (47SK5) Fauna. The Wisconsin Archeologist 98:75-99.

2017 (Terrance J. Martin and Steven R. Kuehn) Faunal Analysis. In The Hoxie Farm Site Main Occupation Area: Late Fisher and Huber Phase Components in South Chicago, edited by Douglas K. Jackson, pp. 415-493. Research Report No. 40. Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Champaign.

2017 (Carol E. Colaninno, John H. Chick, Terrance J. Martin, Autumn M. Painter, Kelly B. Brown, Curtis T. Dopson, Ariana O. Enzerink, Stephanie R. Goesmann, Tom Higgins, Nigel Q. Knutzen, Erin N. Laute, Paula M. Long, Paige L. Ottenfeld, Abigail T. Uehling, and Lillian C. Ward) An Interdisciplinary Human-Environmental Examination of Effects Consistent with the Anthropocene in the Lower Illinois River Valley. Midcontinential Journal of Archaeology 43(3):266-290.

2017 (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, pp. 83- 111. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. Reprinted in Le Journal 33(4):5-21 (Fall 2017).

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 Library (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.

Dept. of Anthropology