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Robert Brunswig

Robert Brunswig

Professor Emeritus & Research Fellow

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Contact Information

(970) 351-2138
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
Department of Anthropology
Campus Box 90
Greeley, CO 80639


PhD, Anthropology, University of Colorado
MA, South Asia Regional Studies with Anthropology-Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Anthropology, Political Science and South Asian Regional Studies, Kansas State University

Professional/Academic Experience

2017-present  Editorial Board Member, Contributions to New World Archaeology Journal2016-2017 Visiting Professor, Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
2013 Archaeological Consultant, Hall & Evans Law Firm, Denver, Colorado
2012 to present University Research Fellow in Anthropology, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado
2012 to present Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado
Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, School Director, Research Center Director, University of Northern Colorado (1990-2012)

Research/Areas of Interest

Archaeologist with regional specialization and field experience in North America, South Asia, the Near East, Arabia, and Europe. Research skills and specialization in paleoenvironmental reconstruction, geoarchaeology, landscape archaeology and the application of Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, and computer mapping systems.

Publications/Creative Works

2015-2020: 2 journal articles, 6 edited volume chapters (author/co-author), 1 edited volume (editor), 1 web-based encyclopedia article, 11 research grant reports.

Recent (past 5 years) examples:

Brunswig, Robert H.

2015     Modeling Eleven Millennia of Seasonal Transhumance and Subsistence in Colorado’s Prehistoric Rockies, USA. Contributions in New World Archaeology 8: 43-102.

2016     The Dent Site: A Late Ice Age Encounter on the South Platte River. Colorado Encyclopedia (on-line Internet article) athttps://coloradoencyclopedia.org/

2016     Valley View (5LR1085): a Shallow Pithouse Site in Colorado’s Northern Front Range Foothills. Southwestern Lore 82 (2): 1-34.

2020    Mountain Ute and Earliest Numic Colonization of the Southern Rocky Mountains: A New Perspective from the Sue Site (5JA421). In Spirit Lands of the Eagle and Bear: Numic Archaeology and Ethnohistory in the Rocky Mountains and Borderlands, edited by Robert H. Brunswig, pp. 118-150. University Press of Colorado, Louisville.

2020    Ritual Places and Sacred Pathways of Ute Spiritual/Mundane Landscapes in the southern Colorado Rockies. In Spirit Lands of the Eagle and Bear: Numic Archaeology and Ethnohistory in the Rocky Mountains and Borderlands, edited by Robert H. Brunswig, pp. 171-192. University Press of Colorado, Louisville.

2020     Exploring Seasonal Transhumance of Hunter-Gatherers and Neolithic Pastoralists in Poland’s High Tatras and Foothill Lowlands: Applying Landscape Archaeology Methodologies from the Colorado Rockies to the Western Carpathians. In Archaeology of Mountain Landscapes: Interdisciplinary Research Strategies of Agro-Pastoralism in Upland Regions, edited by Arnau Garcia. Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology, State University of New York, Buffalo.

Brunswig, Robert H. (editor)

2020     Spirit Lands of the Eagle and Bear: Numic Archaeology and Ethnohistory in the Rocky Mountains and Borderlands. University Press of Colorado, Louisville.

Brunswig, Robert H. and Pawel Valde-Nowak

2018     Archaeological Reconnaissance Pre-Survey of the Lejowa and Kościeliska Valleys, Tatra National Park, Poland. Acta Archaeologica Carpathica LIII:49-56.

Honors and Awards

Certificate of Appreciation for Fulbright Award Review Service, the U.S.-Poland Fulbright Commission, 2018.

Fulbright Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, 2016-17

Jagiellonian University, Institute of Archaeology Visiting Professorship, 2016

Fulbright Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland,  2014

Wzrost Visiting Professor Fellowship (European Social Fund, European Commission), Faculty of Biology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland, 2014

2012 Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit (RM-CESU) Project Team Award for the “North Park Cultural Landscape Project FY2008-FY2011”

Provost’s Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership for 2007, University of Northern Colorado

UNC Advisor of the Year, University Student Council, University of Northern Colorado, 2006-2007

University Distinguished Scholar (A.L. Winchester) Award for 2005, University of Northern Colorado

College of Arts and Sciences’ College Scholar for 2004-2005, University of Northern Colorado

Distinguished Achievement Award in Sponsored Programs, UNC Sponsored Programs and Research Center, 2001

Outstanding Performance in Sponsored Programs, University of Northern Colorado Research Center, 1996, 1998

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