Dr. John Kantner, University of North Florida

Other Publications on Anthropological Topics

Anthropology is a discipline that tackles all topics related to the human experience across time and space. The practice of anthropology, therefore, requires a diversity of approaches, theories, and methods from a wide variety of allied disciplines, from geography to biology to history. Dr. Kantner's publications accordingly span topics well beyond his core interests, including the following examples:

Book Chapters

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This 2005 set of two books, Handbook of Archaeological Methods, presents "state of the art" updates on methods used in contemporary archaeological practice. Dr. Kantner contributed a chapter discussing regional analysis, a methodological approach that borrows heavily from geography and ecology to interpret how people lived and interacted across particular landscapes.

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In 1992, Dr. Kantner co-authored an article in the journal Historical Archaeology that reported compositional analysis of historic pottery recovered from a 17th-century rancho near what is now Santa Fe. The goal of this study was to determine where the pottery was coming from, and what that might suggest about interactions between the colonists and the Pueblo Indians that surrounded them but who the Spanish held in virtual servitude. The study found that, surprisingly, the rancho was getting pottery from a large number of Pueblos from all over northern New Spain.

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The first professional paper Dr. Kantner ever gave was in 1990, at the International Symposium on Traditional Dwellings and Settlements in Berkeley. There, he reported the results of his undergraduate thesis research on Spanish Colonial architecture, which relied on both archaeological and archival research. He argued that Spanish Colonial architecture in northern New Spain attempted to replicate the Moorish-inspired, patio-centered floor plans associated with the wealthy of Spain, but that most colonists in New Spain only achieved partial success. This was published in the Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series.