Faculty & Staff

Mark Mehrer

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988; Associate Professor; Director of the Contract Archaeology Program

Professor Mehrer is an archaeologist whose research interests include North American prehistory, settlement studies, household archaeology, remote sensing, GIS, and East Asian archaeology. In the past, he co-organized an international conference on GIS and archaeological site location modeling that was held at Argonne National Laboratory. He has done research in Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, and Missouri. A past-president of the Illinois Archaeological Survey (the organization of professional archaeologists in Illinois), he also directs NIU's Contract Archaeology Program, and teaches courses in North American archaeology, Illinois archaeology, archaeological methodology, applied archaeology, Chinese archaeology, rise of civilization, and introductory archaeology.

Selected Publications

Steps to a Holistic Household Archaeology. In Commoner Ritual, Commoner Ideology: Evidence from Households and Beyond Across Ancient Mesoamerica, edited by Nancy Gonlin and Jon C. Lohse, University Press of Colorado. 2007.

GIS and Archaeological Site Location Modeling, edited by Mark W. Mehrer and Konnie L. Wescott, pp. 476, CD-ROM. Taylor & Francis Press. London. 2006.

A GIS-Based Archaeological Decision-Support Model for Cultural Resource Management, In Data Management and Mathematical Methods in Archaeology, Proceedings of Symposia 1.3, 1.5, 1.8, 1.10, edited by Francois Djindjian and Paolo Moscati with George L. Cowgill, Frank Vermulen, and Albertus Voorrips. Archaeologia E Calcolatori 13:125-133. 2002.

Heterarchy and Hierarchy: The Community Plan as Institution in Cahokia's Polity, in The Archaeology of Communities: A New World Perspective, edited by Marcello A. Canuto and Jason Yaeger, pp. 44-57. Routledge. London, 2000.

Early Pottery in Midwestern North America. Revista de Arquelogia Americana 14:135-151. Instituto Panamericano de Geografia e Historia. Mexico, D.F., 1998.

Cahokia's Countryside: Household Archaeology, Settlement Patterns and Social Power. Northern Illinois University Press, DeKalb, 1995.

Household Archaeology at Cahokia and in its Hinterlands. In Mississippian Communities and Households, edited by Bruce D. Smith and J. Daniel Rogers, pp. 32-57. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. [with James M. Collins], 1995.