Archaeological Anthropologist

Donald Blakeslee

221 Neff Hall

Ph.D., 1975, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Area of Study/Interests

Plains archaeology, prehistoric exchange, dating techniques, lithic analysis,

Native trails and sacred sites


Introduction to Archaeology, World Archaeology, North American Archaeology, Plains Archaeology, Plains Indians, Seminar in Archaeology


Don Blakeslee specializes in the archaeology of the Great Plains. His research interests range from the time of the earliest settlement of the Americas to the historic period, and his work has carried him from Montana to Texas. He also has had a long-term interest in native trails and sacred sites. Major contributions include numerous publications on the Middle Ceramic period and on radiocarbon dating. Currently, his work focuses on the protohistoric period and on the Walnut River basin during all time periods. He has served as president of the Professional Archaeologists of Kansas and of AASCK, a society for amateur archaeologists.

Selected Publications

  • Holy Ground, Healing Water: Cultural Landscapes at Waconda Lake (Texas A&M Press)
  • “Caves and related sites in the Great Plains of North America”
  • In Sacred Darkness: A Global Perspective on the Ritual Use of Caves, edited by Holley Moyes ( University Press of Colorado)
  • The Florence pipe: A Chaîne Opératoire Analysis, Plains Anthropologist (in press)