Joshua Torres

Regional Archaeologist/Supervisor of History and Culture Programs
Department of Interior and National Park Service
1100 Ohio Drive
Washington DC, District of Columbia 20242
Phone: 202-619-7273

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Social and Anthropological Theory, Archaeology of community and sociality, Pre-Columbian political systems and the formation of the state, Prehistory of the Circum-Caribbean, Southeastern, and Southwestern United States, Settlement Patterns, Social Landscapes, and Regional Studies, Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis, Cultural Resource Management, Law, and Archaeological Practice, Paleoclimatology, hazards, and the collapse and reconstitution of societies, Ceramic Analysis, Quantitative Analysis. Ethnography, Applied Anthropology, Urban Anthropology.

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Biographical Sketch

Broadly trained anthropological archaeologist specializing in pre-Columbian archaeology of the Caribbean and Southeastern United States. Experience in all phases of archaeological project planning and implementation including client and community relations, personnel management, data collection, artifact analysis, and report preparation. Experienced in the development and review of cultural resource project proposals, budgets, and reports. Qualifications exceed those set forth by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation (48 FR 44716-42).

Expert in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for the management and analysis of spatial data and creation of high quality map products. Proficient in artifact analysis and quantitative methods.


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2012
Dissertation: The Social Construction of Community, Polity, and Place in Ancient Puerto Rico (AD 600-AD 1200).
Dissertation Advisors: Michael Heckenberger, William Keegan

Master of Arts, Anthropology, University of Colorado, 2001
Thesis Advisors: Tammy Stone, L. Antonio Curet

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of Colorado, cum laude, 1998

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