Department of Anthropology
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616, USA
Grupo de Arqueología Mendoza
San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina
Office Hours for Spring 2012 :
- by appointment
- 2012 Ph.D.- Evolutionary Anthropology (Archaeology) - University of California, Davis
- 2007 M.A. - Evolutionary Anthropology (Archaeology) - University of California, Davis
- 2004 M.A. - Anthropology (Archaeology) - University of Montana, Missoula
- 2000 B.A. - Anthropology (Archaeology) & Spanish - James Madison University, VA
- 1996 Curso de Orientación Universitaria - Instituto Bachillerato Ruíz de Alba, San Javier,
- Murcia, Spain
archaeology, Argentina, human behavioral ecology, hunter-gatherers, stone tool technologies
Dr. Robert Bettinger (dissertation committee chair)
My dissertation research centers on human behavioral responses to a widespread and prolonged trend of warmer, drier conditions during the middle Holocene (8000-4000 BP) in Mendoza Province, Argentina. The region's archaeological record currently suggests a dramatic reduction in human population density and a change in lithic raw material use during that time. Understanding how prehistoric Mendocinos reorganized aspects of their subsistence, settlement and technology in response to climate changes will clarify more general aspects of hunter-gatherer adaptive response.
More broadly, my research interests include human behavioral ecology, hunter-gatherer studies, stone tool technologies, and prehistoric land use.
I am part of the Grupo de Arqueología Mendoza (arqueologiamendoza.com) and work closely with researchers from the Museo de Historia Natural de San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina.
Recent Publications & Presentations
Publications (For a complete list, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org):
(in revision) Garvey, R. El Uso de la Hidratación de Obsidianas en el Sur de Mendoza, Argentina ("The Use of Obsidian Hydration in Southern Mendoza, Argentina"; manuscript in Spanish).
(in press) Garvey, R. and R. Bettinger. Adaptive and Ecological Approaches to the Study of Hunter-Gatherers. In The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers. Oxford University Press.
(in press) Garvey, R. A Model of Lithic Raw Material Procurement. In Lithic Technological Systems: Stone, Human Behavior, Evolution, edited by Nathan Goodale and William Andrefsky, Jr.
2011 Neme, G., A. Gil, R. Garvey, C. Llano, A. Zangrando, F. Franchetti, C. deFrancesco and C. Michieli. El Registro Arqueológico de la Gruta de el Manzano y sus Implicancias para la Arqueologia de Nordpatagonia ("The Archaeological Record of Gruta de el Manzano and Its Implications for the Archaeology of North Patagonia"; in Spanish). Magallania 39:243-265.
2008 Garvey, R. A Behavioral Ecological Approach to a Proposed Middle Holocene Occupational Gap. Before Farming, 2008/2, article 2. (PDF)
2008 Garvey, R., A.F. Gil and G.A. Neme. Middle Holocene Behavioral Strategies in the Americas. Before Farming, 2008/2, article 1. (PDF)
2005 Carper, R. Garvey. On the Use of Symmetry to Assess Biface Production Goals. Lithic Technology 30(2):127-144. (PDF)
2005 Carper, R. Garvey. Avon’s Calling?: An Evaluation of Lithic Artifacts from the Avon site (24PW340). Archaeology in Montana 46(1):77-96.
2004 Carper, R. Garvey. An introduction to the concept of a "symmetry index" for use in the assessment of biface production goals, illustrated using the lithic material from the Avon Site, Powell County, Montana. Unpublished Master's Thesis, on file in the Department of Anthropology, University of Montana. Thesis Chair: Dr. Anna Prentiss. Winner of the "Longest, Most Obnoxious Title" award.
2000 Garvey, R. ¿Sos Voseante?: A study of historical and sociolinguistic aspects of the Spanish American Voseo. Unpublished Senior Honors Thesis, on file in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, James Madison University. Thesis Chair: Dr. Laura Lewis.
2012 Garvey, R. Nonsite Insights: How Obsidian Distributions Clarify Prehistoric Settlement Patterns in Northern Argentine Patagonia. Paper presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis, Tennessee, April 2011.
2011 Garvey, R. Old Trick, New Dog: Obsidian Hydration Dating and the Mid-Holocene Record of Western Argentina. Paper presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento, California, March-April 2011.
2009 Garvey, R. El uso de la hidratación de obsidianas en Mendoza (The use of obsidian hydration in Mendoza; in Spanish). Paper presented at the Cuartas Jornadas Arqueológicas Cuyanas, Mendoza, Argentina, May 2009.
2009 Garvey, R. El uso del guanaco y sensibilidad al riesgo: Sobreviviendo al Holoceno medio en Suramérica meridonial (The use of guanaco and risk sensitivity: Surviving the middle Holocene in southern South America; in Spanish). Paper presented at the Cuartas Jornadas Arqueológicas Cuyanas, Mendoza, Argentina, May 2009.
2009 Garvey, R., C. Perez-Winter, L. Salgán. Distribution and use of lithic resources in Mendoza Province, Argentina. Paper presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2009.
2008 Garvey, R. A model for all seasons: interpreting the middle Holocene record of Mendoza, Argentina. Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2008.
2007 Garvey, R. El uso de la hidratación de obsidianas en el Sur de Mendoza. Paper presented at the 16th Congreso Nacional de Arqueología Argentina (Meeting of the Argentina National Archaeological Society), Jujuy, Argentina, October 2007.
2007 Gil, A., G. Neme, R. Garvey, and M. Zárate. Environmental Variation and Human Occupation During the Middle Holocene: Data and Perspectives from Mid-Latitude South America. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA), Cairns, Australia, August 2007.
2007 Garvey, R. El silencio arqueológico: lithic technology and middle Holocene adaptations in southern Mendoza, Argentina. Paper presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, Texas, April 2007.
2004 Garvey, R. An introduction to the concept of a "symmetry index" for use in the assessment of biface production goals as illustrated using the lithic material from the Avon Site, Powell County, Montana. Paper presented at the 69th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Montreal, Quebec, April, 2004.
2004 Garvey, R. A study of the utility of a "symmetry index" in the assessment of biface production goals. Paper presented at the 62nd annual Plains Anthropological Conference, Billings, Montana, October, 2004. Winner of that year's national Student Paper Competition.