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EIU Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology

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Dr. Don H. Holly, Department Chair & Professor of Anthropology

Office: 3137 - Blair Hall

by appointment. 


Frequently Taught Courses

Introduction to Anthropology (ANT 2200)

Human Evolution (ANT 2742)

Violence and Warfare (ANT 3258)

Native American Cultures (ANT 3691)

Archaeology of the Earliest Civilizations (ANT 3712)

Hunters & Gatherers (ANT 3900)


B.A. Penn State University, Anthropology
A.M. and Ph.D Brown University, Anthropology


Don Holly is Professor of Anthropology at Eastern Illinois University. His research focuses broadly on hunters and gatherers, but he has a special interest in the archaeology, history, and history of scholarship of the indigenous peoples of the eastern Subarctic of North America. He is the author of History in the Making: the Archaeology of the Eastern Subarctic (AltaMira, 2013), co-editor, with Kenneth Sassaman, of Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology as Historical Process (Arizona, 2011), and of numerous articles and book chapters, including most recently, “Toward a Social Archaeology of Food for Hunters & Gatherers in Marginal Environments: A Case Study from the Eastern Subarctic of North America” in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2019) and "The Struggle was Real: On the End of the Archaic on the Island of Newfoundland and Labrador" (with Chris Wolff and Steve Hull) in The Far Northeast: 3000 BP to Contact, edited by Kenneth R. Holyoke and M. Gabriel Hrynick (2022).

Selected Publications

History in the Making: the Archaeology of the Eastern Subarctic (AltaMira, 2013)

Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology as Historical Process (with Kenneth Sassaman; University of Arizona Press, 2011)


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Eastern Illinois University
Department of Sociology/Anthropology

Blair 3170
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3123

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