Terry L. Jones

Terry Jones

Professor and Department Chair


  • Archeology
  • North American prehistory
  • Hunter-gatherer Ecology
  • Maritime Adaptations
  • Areas: California

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About Terry Jones

Dr. Jones joined the Cal Poly faculty in 1998. His research interests include North American prehistory, hunter-gatherer ecology, and maritime adaptations. His area of geographic expertise is the central California coast, where he has conducted field research for the last 30 years. He is actively involved in several major scholarly debates-- one concerning the possible impacts of late Holocene climatic variability on Native populations of western North America, and another involving possible pre-Columbian Polynesian contact with the New World. He is Editor of the Society for California Archaeology's journal, California Archaeology.



  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Davis (1995)
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Davis (1989)
  • M.A., Cultural Resources Management, Sonoma State University (1982)
  • B.A., Anthropology and Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Cruz (1978)


Courses Taught

  • ANT 201: Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 202: World Prehistory
  • ANT 309: Elements of Archaeology
  • ANT 310: Archaeological Field Methods
  • ANT 311: Archaeological Laboratory Methods
  • ANT 312: Introduction to Cultural Resources Management
  • ANT 320: California's Native Past



  • 2008 Society for California Archaeology Martin A. Baumhoff Award for Special Achievement
  • 2008 College of Liberal Arts, Richard K. Simons Award for Distinguished Scholarship
  • 2008 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Distinguished Scholarship Award
  • 2009 Certificate of Appreciation, Division of Student Affairs, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


Recent Publications


The Polynesian Connection


Other Activities

California Environmental Legacy Project

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