Graduate Students


Michael Aiuvalasit

Graduate Student

Heroy Hall 435

BA Archaeological Studies, Anthropology, and History, The University of Texas at Austin
MA Anthropology, Texas A&M University

I am a pre-field work Ph.D. candidate in archaeology at Southern Methodist University. My interests include geoarchaeology, historical ecology, paleoecology, and human impacts on landscapes. Specifically, my research focuses on studying how changing water management practices and settlement patterns in prehistoric highland villages of the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico may reflect the risk management strategies of Ancestral Puebloan communities.

I currently work in the American Southwest, Texas, and the Southeast, but I have worked in the Northeastern United States and Mexico as well. In 2001, I received a B.A. in Anthropology, Archaeological Studies, and History from the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2006 I earned a M.A. in Anthropology with a focus on geoarchaeology from Texas A&M University. Prior to coming to SMU, I worked for 5 years as a consulting geoarchaeologist. I have authored or co-authored over 40 cultural resource management reports. Many of these projects were large-scale endeavors or undertaken in complicated urban settings, which necessitated predicative modeling of site potential and/or data recovery excavations. Between academia and the private sector I have presented research at numerous professional meetings and have been published in the Bulletin of the Texas Archaeological Society, The Journal of Archaeological Sciences, and in the book titled Geoarchaeology, Climate Change and Sustainability.


Entered program in 2011

Region of Study:

US Southwest, Texas, Eastern North America, Mexico

Honors and Awards:

Texas Archaeological Society Donors Fund Research Grant (2005)
Council of Texas Archeologists Student Research Grant (2005)
Texas Public Education Grant (2004-2006)
Teaching Assistantship, Texas A&M University (Spring 2005)
Research Assistantship, Southern Methodist University (2011-2012)


Schuldenrein, Joseph and Michael Aiuvalasit
2011    Urban Geoarcheology and Sustainability: A Case Study from Manhattan Island, New York City, USA. In Geoarchaeology, Climate Change and Sustainability: Geological Society of America Special Paper 476. Edited by A. G. Brown, L. S. Basell, and K. Butzer, p. 153-172. Geological Society of America, Boulder.

Aiuvalasit, Michael, James A. Neely and Mark Bateman
2010    New Radiumetric Dating of Water Management Features at the Prehistoric Purron Dam Complex, Tehuacan Valley, Puebla, Mexico. Journal of Archeological Sciences 37 (6): 1207-1213.

Aiuvalasit, Michael
2007    The Geoarchaeology of the McNeill Ranch Site: Implications for Paleoindian Studies of the Gulf Coastal Plain of Texas. Bulletin of the Texas Archeological Society 78: 47-64.