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Kenneth L. Kvamme

Kenneth L. Kvamme


Ph.D. University of California at Santa Barbara, 1983
M.A. Colorado State University, 1978

Archeological applications of GIS,
geophysics, air & satellite remote sensing,
quantitative methods; North American
Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southwest


  • 1999+ University of Arkansas
  • 1993-1998: W. M. Keck Associate Professor of Archaeology and Remote Sensing, Boston University
  • 1985-93: Associate Curator of Archaeology, Arizona State Museum and Research Associate Professor, University of Arizona
  • 1983-85: Research Associate, Archaeological Research Institute, University of Denver
  • 1977-83: archaeologist for several state and federal agencies in the western United States and Alaska, and contract archaeologist for private consulting firms in Colorado
  • Other teaching: courses at the Universities of Southampton (England), Leiden (the Netherlands), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Sienna (Italy), HNB Garhwal University (India). Numerous training workshops and lectures in GIS, quantitative methods, geophysics, and remote sensing around the world.


Kvamme Interests

My interests span several domains that might be labeled "techno-archaeology." They include archaeological computer applications (particularly GIS), remote sensing and geophysical prospecting, and quantitative methods, especially spatial analysis methods, as they relate to human spatial behavior. I also have an interest in lithic technology.

My principal focus currently lies in archaeological prospecting through geophysical surveys, where I have extensive experience in geomagnetic, electrical resistivity, electromagnetic induction, ground penetrating radar, and other methods. I have conducted geophysical and archaeological projects in the Great Plains, Great Basin, Plateau, Southwest, West Coast, Arctic, New England, and the Mexican Highlands of North America. I have also worked in Europe (Germany, Northern Ireland, Spain) and India. My archaeological focus currently lies in the Middle Missouri River villagers of the Dakotas and the prehistoric hunters-and-gatherers of several Rocky Mountain regions.

Research Website

Director, Archeo-Imaging Lab

Kvamme Interests
  • Arkansas' first & oldest lab devoted to archeological geophysical surveys
  • Projects in 24 states & 4 foreign countries
  • All projects personall directed by Kenneth L. Kvamme
    • Associate Editor of the primary journal Archaeological Prospection
    • 26 journal & book publications, 72 technical reports, 85 conference papers & invited lectures in archeological geophysics
    Why not the best?


I teach courses in the Departments of Anthropology and Geosciences as well as in the Environmental Dynamics Program. These courses include:


Selected Publications

Geophysics & Remote Sensing

E.G. Ernenwein and K.L. Kvamme (2008) Large area GPR survey. Archaeological Prospection 15(2):133-149.

(2008) Archaeological prospecting at the Double Ditch State Historic Site, North Dakota, USA. Archaeological Prospection 15(1):62-79.

(2008) Remote Sensing: Archaeological Reasoning Through Physical Principles and Pattern Recognition, In Archaeological Concepts for the Study of the Cultural Past, A.P. Sullivan III, ed., University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City,pp. 65-84.

K.L. Kvamme and Stanley A. Ahler (2007) Integrated Remote Sensing and Excavation at the Double Ditch State Historic Site, North Dakota. American Antiquity 72(3):539-561.

(2007) Electrical resistivity surveys in Kansas Archaeology. Geophysical Society of Kansas 3(1):4-10(January-February issue) http://GSKS.SEG.ORG

(2006) Integrating Multidimensional Geophysical Data. Archaeological Prospection 13:57-72.

(2006) Magnetometry: Nature’s Gift to Archaeology. In Remote Sensing in Archaeology: An Explicitly North American Perspective, J. Johnson, ed., University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, pp. 205-234.

K.L. Kvamme, E.G. Ernenwein, C.J. Markussen (2006) Robotic Total Station for Microtopographic Mapping: An Example from the Northern Great Plains. Archaeological Prospection 13:91-102.

(2005) Terrestrial Remote Sensing in Archaeology, In Handbook of Archaeological Methods, H. Maschner and C. Chippendale, eds., AltaMira Press, AltaMira Press, Lanham, Maryland, pp. 423-477.

(2003) Geophysical Surveys as Landscape Archaeology. American Antiquity 68:435-457.

D.L. Toom and K.L. Kvamme (2002) The “Big House” at Whistling Elk Village (39HU242): Geophysical Findings and Archaeological Truths. Plains Anthropologist 47(180):5-16.


(1999) Recent Directions and Developments in Geographical Information Systems. Journal of Archaeological Research, 7(2):153-201.

(1995) A View From Across the Water: The North American Experience in Archaeological GIS. In Archaeology and Geographical Information Systems: A European Perspective, G. Lock and Z. Stancic, eds., Taylor and Francis, Ltd., London, pp. 1-14.

(1994) Ranter's Corner -- GIS Graphics vs. Spatial Statistics: How Do They Fit Together? Archaeological Computing Newsletter 38:1-2.

(1992) Terrain Form Analysis of Archaeological Location Through Geographic Information Systems. In Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology 1991, G. Lock and J. Moffett, eds., BAR International Series S577, Tempus Reparatum, Oxford, pp. 127-136.

(1990) GIS Algorithms and their Effects on Regional Archaeological Analysis. In Interpreting Space: GIS and Archaeology, K.M.S. Allen, S.W. Green, and E.B.W. Zubrow, eds., Taylor and Francis, Ltd., London, pp. 112-126.

(1989) Geographic Information Systems in Regional Archaeological Research and Data Management. Archaeological Method and Theory, Vol. 1, M.B. Schiffer, ed., University of Arizona Press, Tucson, pp. 139-202.

Archeological Location Modeling

(2006) There and Back Again: Revisiting Archaeological Location Modeling, In GIS and Archaeological Predictive Modeling, M.W. Mehrer and K. Wescott, eds., CRC-Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, pp. 3-38.

(2005) Archaeological Modeling with GIS at Scales Large and Small. In Reading Historical Spatial Information from Around the World: Studies of Culture and Civilization Based on Geographic Information Systems Data. Proceedings of the24th International Research Symposium, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, pp. 141-157.

R. Brandt, B.J. Groenewoudt, and K.L. Kvamme (1992) An Experiment in Archaeological Site Location: Modeling in the Netherlands Using GIS Techniques. World Archaeology 24: 268-282.

(1992) A Predictive Site Location Model on the High Plains: An Example with an Independent Test. Plains Anthropologist 37: 19-40.

(1990) The Fundamental Principles and Practice of Predictive Archaeological Modeling. In Mathematics and Information Science in Archaeology: A Flexible Framework. A. Voorrips ed., Studies in Modern Archaeology, Vol. 3, Holos-Verlag, Bonn, Germany, pp. 257-295.


(1997) A Wider View of the Relationship Between Settlement Area and Population Size in the Peruvian Andes. American Antiquity, 62(4):719-722.

(1996) Randomization Methods for Statistical Inference in Raster GIS Contexts. In The Colloquia of the XIII International Congress of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences, Vol. 1: Theoretical and Methodological Problems, edited by A. Bietti, A. Cazzella, I. Johnson, and A. Voorrips, ABACO, Forli, Italy, pp. 107-114.

K. L. Kvamme, M.T. Stark, W.A. Longacre (1996) Alternative Procedures for Assessing Standardization in Ceramic Assemblages. American Antiquity 61(1):116-126.

(1993) Spatial Statistics and GIS: An Integrated Approach. In Computing the Past: Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, CAA92, J. Andresen, T. Madsen and I. Scollar, eds., Aarhus University Press, Aarhus, Denmark, pp. 91-103.

(1993) A Simple Pseudo-Random Normal Deviate Generator. Archaeological Computing Newsletter 37:8-10.

(1990) Spatial Autocorrelation and the Classic Maya Collapse Revisited: Refined Techniques and New Conclusions. Journal of Archaeological Science 17:197-207.

(1990) One-Sample Tests in Regional Archaeological Analysis: New Possibilities through Computer Technology. American Antiquity 55:367-381.

Lithic Technology & Analysis

(1998) Spatial Structure in Mass Debitage Scatters. In Surface Archaeology, A.P. Sullivan III, ed., University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, pp. 127-141.

(1997) Patterns and Models of Debitage Dispersal in Percussion Knapping. Lithic Technology, 22(2):122-138.

(1988) A Simple Graphic Approach and Poor Man's Clustering Technique for Investigating Surface Lithic Scatter Types. Plains Anthropologist 33:385-394.