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Faculty & Staff - Dr. David Sanger

David Sanger

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Quaternary Studies

Ph.D., University of Washington, 1967

Professional Interests

My research interests focus on the archaeology of hunters and gatherers, especially those living in marine environments. A recent major area of research has been the archaeology of the Penobscot River valley and its peoples prior to the arrival of Europeans. I approach the understanding of past cultures through interdisciplinary research, combining geological and biological sciences with anthropology. Although my recent research has focused on Northeastern North America with emphasis on Maine and the Maritime Provinces of Canada, I maintain a global perspective on hunter-gatherer-fisher lifeways.

See my web page at the Climate Change Institute.

Representative Publications:

Sanger D., 2009, Late Archaic Swordfish Hunting: An Ethnoarchaeological Approach., The Maine Archaeological Society Bulletin, 49(1)7-22.

Sanger, D., 2008, Discerning Regional Variation: The Terminal Archaic Period in the Quoddy Region of the Maritime Peninsula. Canadian Journal of Archaeology, 32(1):1-42.

Sanger, D., Kelley A, and H. Berry IV, 2001, “Geoarchaeology at Gilman Falls,: an Archaic quarry and manufacturing site in central Maine, U.S.A.,” Geoarchaeology: an International Journal, 16 (6).

Almquist, H., Dieffenbacher-Krall, A., Flanagan-Brown, R., and D. Sanger, 2001, “The Holocene record of lake levels of Mansell Pond, central Maine, USA,” The Holocene 11(2):189-201.

Sanger, D. and B. Newsom, 2000, Middle Archaic in the lower Piscataquis River, and its relationship to the Laurentian Tradition in central Maine. The Maine Archaeological Society Bulletin, 40(1), 1-22.

Almquist-Jacobson, H. and D. Sanger, 1999, “Paleogeographic changes in wetland and upland environments in the Milford Drainage Basin of central Maine in relation to Holocene human settlement History,” In Current Northeast Paleoethnobotany (ed. John Hart) New York State Museum Bulletin No. 494 (pp 177-190).

Sanger, D., 1996, “Gilman Falls Site: Implications for the Early and Middle Archaic of the Maritime Peninsula,” Canadian Journal of Archaeology, 20, 7-28.

Sanger, D., 1996, “An analysis of seasonal transhumance models for pre-European State of Maine.” Review of Archaeology, 17(1), 54-58.

Sanger, D. 1996. “Testing the models: hunter-gatherer use of space in the Gulf of Maine,” U.S.A. World Archaeology 27(3):512-526.

Sanger, D. 1995. “Mesolithic maritime adaptations: the view from North America.” In Man and Sea in the Mesolithic, (ed. Anders Fischer) Oxbow Monograph 53, Oxbow Books, Oxford, UK. pp335-349.

Almquist-Jacobson, H. and Sanger,D., 1995. “Holocene climate and vegetation in the Milford drainage basin, Maine, U.S.A., and their implications for human history.” Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 4:211-222

Sanger, D. and D.K. Kellogg. 1989. “Coastal Archaeology and Subsidence on the Coast of Maine.” In Crustal Warping Along the Coast of Maine, W. Anderson and W. Borns eds. pp. 107-126. Maine Geological Survey Bulletin 40, Augusta.


Fax: 207.581.1823


Department of Anthropology
University of Maine
5773 S. Stevens Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5773

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