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John D. Seebach, PhD, is an archaeologist specializing in the prehistory of the western United States. His research interests broadly include the Paleoindian era, hunter-gatherers and public archaeology. With regard to the latter, Seebach’s recent research has been into the history and potential archaeology of the Grand Junction Indian School (Teller Institute), one of the United States’ infamous Indian Residential Boarding Schools. For more information see

Seebach also maintains research interests in the Late Formative prehistory (ca. 900-1300 AD) of western Colorado, seeing distinct socioeconomic and adaptive parallels between the small, agricultural hamlets of the region with those of the contemporaneous Jornada-Mogollon of the Chihuahuan Desert. Whether from 12,000 years ago or the 12th century AD, Seebach's primary goal is to document the ways in which prehistoric Native Americans adapted to the arid environments of the American west.

Seebach teaches courses in North American Archaeology, Paleoindian Archaeology, Southwestern Archaeology, and Archaeological Field Methods. He also teaches two Essential Learning courses every semester: ANTH 202, Introductory Anthropology, and ANTH 220, Introductory Archaeology.