Anthony L. Ortmann, Ph.D.; Tulane University

Associate Professor


Ph.D. Tulane University, New Orleans, 2007.

M.A. Tulane University, New Orleans, 2004.

B.A. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1995.


Research Interests


North American archaeology with specialization in the prehistory of the southeastern United States.  Topical interests include hunter-gatherer adaptive systems; development of social complexity; the interaction of humans with their environments; and the production and maintenance of cultural landscapes.  Additional analytical interests include geoarchaeological investigation of earthworks and cultural landscapes, and lithic and ceramic technologies.


Recent Conference Papers and Publications


2007    Ortmann, Anthony L.

“A New Perspective on the Poverty Point Landscape.”   Paper presented at the 64th annual meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Knoxville, TN (forthcoming).


2005    Ortmann, Anthony L., and Tristram R. Kidder

“Recent Excavations at Poverty Point’s Mound A: The ‘Tail’ of Two Mounds.”  Paper presented at the 62nd annual meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Columbia, SC.


2004    Kidder, Tristram R., Anthony L. Ortmann, and E. Thurman Allen

          Testing Mounds B and E at Poverty Point.  Southeastern Archaeology 23(1):98-113.


2004   Ortmann, Anthony L., and Tristram R. Kidder

Petrographic Thin-Section Analysis of Poverty Point Ceramics.  In Early Pottery: Technology, Function, Style, and Interaction in the Lower Southeast, edited by Rebecca Saunders and Chris Hays, pp. 193-209.  University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.


2004    Ortmann, Anthony L.

“The Poverty Point Earthworks: An Intrasite Perspective.”  Paper presented at the 69th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Montreal, Quebec.


2002    “Archaic Architects of the Lower Mississippi Valley.”  Paper presented at the 59th annual meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Biloxi, MS.



Professional Affiliations


Member of Society for American Archaeology since 2000.

Member of Southeastern Archaeological Conference since 1998.


Department of Geosciences

Murray State University

Murray, KY 42071

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