Anthropology Department Directory


Sunday Eiselt

Associate Professor

Ph.D. 2006 University of Michigan
Heroy Hall 450

  • Culture contact and historical archaeology
  • Hohokam and Athapaskan prehistory
  • Interethnic and gendered exchange
  • Ethnicity and migration
  • Archaeology of childhood
  • Ceramic geochemistry and archaeometry
  • Tribal and community-based archaeology
  • Southern Athapaskan, Hispanic, Pueblo and Uto-Aztecan Peoples

  • Current Courses

    ANTH 2380 - Cultures at Risk: Human Rights and Heritage Today
    ANTH 4399 - Integrated Themes in Anthropology
    ANTH 4387/6387 - Advances in Archaeological Practice
    ANTH 6302 - Statistics in Anthropology

    Past Courses

    ANTH 1321 - Freshman Seminar
    ANTH 2363 - The Science of Our Past: An Introduction to Archaeology
    ANTH 3318 - Prehistory of the American Southwest
    ANTH 5681/5981 - Field Methods in Archaeology (taught at our Ft. Burgwin campus)
    ANTH 6033 - Proseminar on Ethics in Archaeology
    ANTH 6301 - Principles of Archaeology
    ANTH 7321 - Ceramic Analysis for Archaeologists


    Sunday Eiselt (PhD University of Michigan 2006) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. She is author and co-author on several articles and books on the Jicarilla and Hispanic societies of New Mexico, community-based and engaged approaches in archaeology, and ceramic source geochemistry. With specializations in the archaeology of Southwest Athapaskans, protohistoric to historic transitions, and archaeological ceramics, she has studied in numerous geographic regions including New Mexico, Arizona, California, and the Great Basin.

    A special interest in ceramics has allowed her to examine the issues of gender and multiculturalism in the Spanish borderlands, and the impact of colonization on the Jicarilla Apache and other mounted horse nomads of the region from an archaeological perspective. Other interests include the regional interactions of 18th-century Plains Apache groups and the 19th-century evolution of Hispanic cultural traditions stemming from these interactions. Methodologically, she focuses on geochemical analyses of ceramic raw materials to reconstruct past social systems, mobility, and landscape economies and ecologies. This includes apprenticeship with traditional potters in New Mexico and geological source surveys to build geochemical datasets with applications in land and water rights legal cases for several Southwest Native American Tribes. More recent projects include the use of uninhabited aerial vehicles and 3D scanners to examine protohistoric Pueblo village mounds in northern New Mexico, prehistoric and historic Hohokam and O'odham trail systems in central Arizona, and Caddo Indian whole ceramic vessels from northeast Texas.

    Selected Publications

    B. Sunday Eiselt,J. Andrew Darling, Samuel Duwe, Mark Willis, Chester Walker, William Hudspeth, Leslie Reeder-Myers
        2017 A Bird's-eye View of Proto-Tewa Subsistence Agriculture: Making the Case for Floodplain Farming in the Ohkay Owingeh Homeland, New Mexico. American Antiquity.

    B. Sunday Eiselt
        2017 Vecino Archaeology and the Politics of Play. Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Childhood, edited by Sally Crawford, Dawn Hadley, and Gillian Shepherd. Oxford University Press.

    B. Sunday Eiselt and David Snow
        2017 Plains-Pueblo Interaction in the American Southwest. In The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the North American Southwest, edited by Barbara Mills and Severin Fowles. Oxford University Press.

    J. Andrew Darling and B. Sunday Eiselt
        2017 Aquí Me Quedo: Vecino Origins and the Historic Settlement Archaeology of the Río del Oso, New Mexico. In Transformations during the Colonial Era: Divergent Histories in the American Southwest, edited by John Douglass and William Graves. University of Colorado Press.

    B. Sunday Eiselt and J. Andrew Darling
        2016 Ethnogenesis and Demography in Southwest Vecino Society. In Exploring Cause and Explanation Historical Ecology, Demography, and Movement in the American Southwest, edited by Ann Ramenofsky and Cynthia Herhahn. University of Colorado Press, Boulder.

    Samuel Duwe, B. Sunday Eiselt, J. Andrew Darling, Mark Willis, Chester Walker
        2016 The Pueblo Decomposition Model: A Method for Quantifying Architectural Rubble to Estimate Population Size. Journal of Archaeological Science Vol. 65:20-31.

    Sarah Trabert, B. Sunday Eiselt, David Hill, Jeffrey Ferguson, Margaret Beck
        2016 Following a Glittering Trail: Geo-Chemical and Petrographic Characterization of Micaceous Sherds Recovered from Dismal River Sites. American Antiquity, 81(2):364-374.

    J. Andrew Darling, Barnaby Lewis, Robert Valencia, B. Sunday Eiselt
        2015 Archaeology in the Service of the Tribe Three Episodes in 21st Century Tribal Archaeology in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. Kiva: Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History, Vol. 81(1,2):62-79.

    B. Sunday Eiselt
        2013 Upland-Lowland Corridors and Historic Jicarilla Apache Settlement in the Northern Rio Grande. In, From Mountain Top to Valley Bottom: Understanding Past Land Use in the Northern Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico, edited by Bradley Vierra. University of Utah Press.

    B. Sunday Eiselt and J. Andrew Darling
         2013 Vecino Economics: Gendered Economy and Micaceous Pottery Consumption in Nineteenth-Century Northern New Mexico. American Antiquity Vol. 77(3). 

    B. Sunday Eiselt
         2012 Becoming White Clay: A History and Archaeology of Jicarilla Apache Enclavement University of Utah Press. (click here)

    Margaret E. Beck, Jill Onken, B. Sunday Eiselt, J. Andrew Darling, and Jeffrey R. Ferguson
        2012 Geomorphological Setting and Native American Acquisition of Buff-firing Ceramic Clays in the Lower and Middle Gila River Valley, Arizona. Journal of Archaeological Science Vol. 39:2:321-331.
    B. Sunday Eiselt, Rachel Popelka-Filcoff, J. Andrew Darling, Michael Glascock
       2012 Hematite Sources and Archaeological Ochres from Hohokam and O'odham Sites in Central Arizona: An Experiment in Type Identification and Characterization. Journal of Archaeological Science Vol. 38:3019-3028.
    Memberships and Affiliations:

    Research Collaborator, Gila River Indian Community, Cultural Resources Management Program
    Member: Society for American Archaeology 
    Member: American Anthropological Association
    Member: Society for Historical Archaeology
    Member: Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society

    Please visit my website at www.seiselt6.wixsite.com/mysite-1