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Shannon A. Boomgarden

Director, Range Creek Field School,
Assistant Director, Range Creek Field Station,
Adj. Asst. Professor, Anthropology, University of Utah
801.587.5747
801.587.5750

Areas of Expertise

  • Colorado Plateau and Great Basin Archaeology
  • Range Creek Canyon
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Farming in the Southwest
  • Fremont Food Storage

 

Dr. Shannon Arnold Boomgarden began working in archaeology nearly two decades ago and has been involved in Range Creek Canyon since the early 2000s.  Shannon’s dissertation summarizes much of the archaeological and experimental research conducted by the Range Creek field school. Working with reconstructions of the canyon’s environment around 950 years ago, and using experimentally derived data on the costs and benefits of irrigation in Range Creek, Shannon has developed a formal model that predicts when and where irrigation is expected and where it isn’t.  This general model is applicable to studying early farmers throughout the American Southwest, and is the foundation for studying prehistoric farmers throughout the semi-arid regions of the world. Shannon is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, the Director of the Archaeological Field School, and has actively been engage as the Principal Investigator and Assistant Director of the Field Station for the past several years.

 

Recent Publications:

Boomgarden, Shannon A., Duncan Metcalfe, and Ellyse Simons

2019     An Optimal Irrigation Model: Theory, Experimental Results, and Implications for Future Research, American Antiquity (in press).

Boomgarden Shannon A.

2015     Experimental Maize Farming in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Boomgarden, Shannon A., Duncan Metcalfe, and Corinne Springer

2014     Prehistoric Archaeology in Range Creek Canyon, Utah: A Summary of Activities of the Range Creek Field Station. Utah Archaeology 27(1): 9-32.

Boomgarden, Shannon A.

2009     An Application of ArcGIS Viewshed Analysis in Range Creek Canyon. Utah Archaeology. Vol. 22(1):15-29.

 

Posters presented:

Boomgarden, Shannon A., Duncan Metcalfe, Ellyse Simons, and Jared Jackson

2018     Drought Related Site Distribution of Prehistoric Irrigation Farmers. Poster presented at the 2018 Great Basin Archaeological Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Boomgarden, Shannon A., Ellyse Simons, Joel Boomgarden, and Duncan Metcalfe

2018     Costs and Benefits of Fremont Food Storage: Granary Construction Experiments in Range Creek Canyon. Poster presented at the 2018 Great Basin Archaeological Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Boomgarden, Shannon A., Duncan Metcalfe, Elizabeth J. Baldwin, Ellyse Simons, and Corinne Springer

2017     Cist Building Experiment: Investigating Food Storage Costs in Range Creek Canyon, Utah. Poster presented at Archaeology Day, a Natural History Museum of Utah and Utah Division of State History event.

Boomgarden, Shannon A., Duncan Metcalfe, Corinne Springer, Ellyse Simons, and Elizabeth Baldwin

2017     Four Years of Maize Farming Experiments in a Semi-Arid Environment. Poster presented at the Utah Professional Archaeological Counsel, Spring Meeting, Price, Utah.

Boomgarden, Shannon A., Corinne Springer, Isaac Hart, Michelle Knoll, David Potter

2014     Experimental Maize Farming in Range Creek Canyon, Utah: Year One. Poster presented at the 2014 Society for American Archaeology meetings, Austin TX.

Boomgarden, Shannon A.

2008     Investigating Storage Strategies in Range Creek Canyon. Poster presented at the 2008 Great Basin Archaeological Conference. Portland, Oregon

Boomgarden, Shannon A.

2008     Viewshed Analysis of Stored Resources in Range Creek Canyon. Poster presented at the 2008 Society for American Archaeology meetings, Vancouver B.C.