Dr. Anthony Ortmann

Anthony L. Ortmann
Associate Professor
Department of Geosciences
Murray State University

Contact information:

355 Blackburn Science Building
Office phone: 270-809-6755
Email: aortmann@murraystate.edu


Ph.D., Tulane University, 2007
M.A., Tulane University, 2004
B.A., Southern Illinois University, 1995

Research interests:

My research interests are based primarily in North American archaeology with a geographical and temporal specialization in the prehistory of the southeastern United States. I am especially interested in the interaction of humans with their environments and the production and maintenance of cultural landscapes. I have a broad range of analytical interests with particular emphasis on the application of geoarchaeological principles, such as geophysical surveying and geomorphology, in the reconstruction of past human lifeways.


ARC 556/656 (GSC 556/656) – Geophysical Surveying Applications in Archaeology
ARC 357 – Lithic Analysis
ARC 330 – North American Archaeology
ANT 329 – North American Indians
ARC 321 – Ancient Civilizations
ARC 302 – Archaeological Field Work
ARC 150 – Introduction to Archaeology
ANT 140 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Select publications:

Ortmann, Anthony L., and Caroline Schmidt, in press. Investigating the Function of an Archaic Period Earthwork Using Microartifacts. Southeastern Archaeology.

Spivey, S. Margaret, Tristram R. Kidder, Anthony L. Ortmann, and Lee J. Arco, 2015. Pilgrimage to Poverty Point? In The Archaeology of Events: Cultural Change and Continuity in the Pre-Columbian Southeast, edited by Zackary I. Gilmore and Jason M. Donoughue. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

Ortmann, Anthony L., and Tristram R. Kidder, 2013. Building Mound A at Poverty Point: Implications for Hunter-Gatherer Social Organization. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 28:66-86.

Homsey, Lara K., Anthony L. Ortmann, and Kit W. Wesler, 2012. Integrating Community Service Learning into the Murray State University Archaeology Program. Journal of Kentucky Archaeology 1(2):39-51.

Ortmann, Anthony L., 2010. Placing the Poverty Point Mounds in Their Temporal Context. American Antiquity 75(3):657-678.

Kidder, Tristram R., Anthony L. Ortmann, and E. Thurman Allen, 2004. Testing Mounds B and E at Poverty Point. Southeastern Archaeology 23(1):98-113.