Patrick D Lyons
- Director, Arizona State Museum
- Associate Professor, Anthropology
- Associate Curator, Collections
Patrick D. Lyons, Ph.D., RPA is Director of the Arizona State Museum (ASM) and Associate Professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Lyons earned his BA (1991) and MA (1992) in anthropology (specializing in archaeology) at the University of Illinois, Chicago. In 2001, he received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona, where he had been an Emil W. Haury Graduate Fellow. Dr. Lyons's research focuses on ancient migrations in the US Southwest, the use of ceramics in understanding the lives of ancient peoples, the use of tribal oral traditions in archaeological studies, and the archaeology, history, ethnography, and ethnohistory of the Hopi people. He has primarily conducted fieldwork in the ancestral Hopi settlements of the Homol'ovi area, near present-day Winslow, Arizona, and in the San Pedro Valley of southeastern Arizona.
He is the author of Ancestral Hopi Migrations, published in 2003 by the University of Arizona Press, and co-editor of Migrants and Mounds: Classic Period Archaeology of the Lower San Pedro Valley, published in 2012 by Archaeology Southwest. His work has also appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including American Antiquity, Heritage Management, Journal of the Southwest, Kiva, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, as well as in numerous edited scholarly volumes. A past Chair of the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission and the Society for American Archaeology's Committee on Museums, Collections, and Curation, Dr. Lyons recently was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to the NAGPRA Review Committee, which oversees museum and state and federal agency compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
- Ph.D. Anthropology
- University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States
- Winslow Orange Ware and the Ancestral Hopi Migration Horizon
- M.A. Anthropology
- University of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States
- B.A. Anthropology
- University of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Director, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona (2013 - Ongoing)
- Associate Director, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona (2012 - 2013)
- Associate Professor, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona (2011 - Ongoing)
- Acting Associate Director, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona (2009 - 2012)
- Associate Curator of Collections, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona (2006 - Ongoing)
- Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona (2003)
- Preservation Archaeologist (Project Director), Center for Desert Archaeology (now Archaeology Southwest) (2000 - 2006)
Licensure & Certification
- Registered Professional Archaeologist, Register of Professional Archaeologists (2003)
Late prehistoric and protohistoric archaeology of the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico; Hopi ethnography, history and ethnohistory; ceramic decorative and technological style; ceramic compositional analysis; migration; diaspora; identity; the use of oral tradition in archaeological research; museum collections management; repatriation
Late prehistoric and protohistoric archaeology of the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico; Hopi ethnography, history and ethnohistory; ceramic decorative and technological style; ceramic compositional analysis; museum-collections-based research; migration; diaspora; identity; the use of oral tradition in archaeological research
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- Clark, J. J., & Lyons, P. D. (2012). Migrants and Mounds: Classic Period Archaeology of the Lower San Pedro Valley. Tucson: Archaeology Southwest.
- Lyons, P. D. (2003). Ancestral Hopi Migrations. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
- Lyons, P. D. (2018). The Davis Ranch Site: A Kayenta Immigrant Enclave and A Hopi Footprint in Southeastern Arizona.. In Footprints of Hopi History: Hopihiniwtiput Kukveni’at(pp 104-122). Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
- Lyons, P. D. (2015). A Behavioral Archaeology of Ancient Migrations. In Explorations in Behavioral Archaeology(pp 37-51). Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.
- Clark, J. J., Lyons, P. D., Hill, J. B., Lengyel, S. N., & Slaughter, M. C. (2014). Migrants and Mounds in the Lower San Pedro Valley, A.D. 1200-1450. In Between Mimbres and Hohokam: Exploring the Archaeology and History of Southeastern Arizona and Southwestern New Mexico(pp 203-278). Tucson: Archaeology Southwest.
- Lyons, P. D., Hill, J. B., & Clark, J. J. (2014). The Hohokam-Upper Piman Continuum Revisited. In Building Transnational Archaeologies: The 11th Southwest Symposium, Hermosillo, Sonora, México(pp 77-91). Tucson: Arizona State Museum.
- Clark, J. J., Huntley, D. J., Hill, J. B., & Lyons, P. D. (2013). The Kayenta Diaspora and Salado Meta-Identity in the Late Pre-Contact U.S. Southwest. In The Archaeology of Hybrid Material Culture(pp 399-424). Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.
- Ferguson, T. J., Kuwanwisiwma, L. J., Loma’omvaya, M., Lyons, P. D., Schachner, G., & Webster, L. D. (2013). Yep Hisat Hoopoq’yaqam Yeesiwa (Hopi Ancestors Were Once Here): Repatriation Research Documenting Hopi Cultural Affiliation with the Ancient Hohokam of Southern Arizona. In Global Ancestors: Understanding the Shared Humanity of Our Ancestors(pp 104-133). Oxford: Oxbow Books.
- Lyons, P. D. (2013). "By their fruits ye shall know them": The Pottery of Kinishba Revisited. In Kinishba Lost and Found: Mid-Century Excavations and Contemporary Perspectives(pp 145-208). Tucson: Arizona State Museum.
- Hill, J. B., Clark, J. J., Doelle, W. H., & Lyons, P. D. (2012). Depopulation of the Northern Southwest: A Macroregional Perspective.. In Leaving Mesa Verde: Peril and Change in the Thirteenth-Century Southwest(pp 34-52). Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
- Lyons, P. D., & Clark, J. J. (2012). A Community of Practice in Diaspora: The Rise and Demise of Roosevelt Red Ware. In Potters and Communities of Practice: Glaze Paint and Polychrome Pottery in the American Southwest A.D. 1250 – 1700(pp 19-33). Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
- Lyons, P. D., Clark, J. J., & Hill, J. B. (2011). Ancient Social Boundaries Inscribed on the Landscape of the Lower San Pedro Valley. In Contemporary Archaeologies of the Southwest(pp 175-196). Boulder: University Press of Colorado.
- Lyons, P. D., Hill, J. B., & Clark, J. J. (2011). Irrigation Communities and Communities in Diaspora. In Movement, Connectivity, and Landscape Change in the Ancient Southwest: The 20th Anniversary Southwest Symposium(pp 375-401). Boulder: University Press of Colorado.
- Lyons, P. D., & Clark, J. J. (2008). Interaction, Enculturation, Social Distance, and Ancient Ethnic Identities. In Archaeology Without Borders: Contact, Commerce, and Change in the U.S. Southwest and Northwestern Mexico(pp 185-207). Boulder: University Press of Colorado.
- Lyons, P. D., Hill, J. B., & Clark, J. J. (2008). Demography, Agricultural Potential, and Identity among Ancient Immigrants. In The Social Construction of Communities: Agency, Structure, and Identity in the Prehispanic Southwest(pp 191-213). Lanham: AltaMira Press.
- Lyons, P. D., Hays-Gilpin, K. A., & Senior, L. M. (2001). Homol'ovi III Ceramics. In Homol'ovi III: A Pueblo Hamlet in the Middle Little Colorado River Valley(pp 137-226). Tucson: Arizona State Museum.
- Clark, J. J., Birch, J. A., Hegmon, M., Mills, B. J., Glowacki, D. M., Ortman, S. G., Dean, J., Gauthier, R., Peeples, M. A., Lyons, P. D., Borck, L., & Ware, J. A. (2018). Resolving the Migrant Paradox: Two Pathways to Coalescence in the Late Precontact U.S. Southwest. Journal of Anthropological Research, online first.
- Crown, P. L., Gu, J., Hurst, W. J., Ward, T. J., Bravenec, A. D., Ali, S., Kebert, L., Berch, M., Redman, E., Lyons, P. D., Merewether, J., Phillips, D. A., Reed, L. S., & Woodson, K. (2015). Ritual drinks in the pre-Hispanic US Southwest and Mexican Northwest. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 112(37), 11436-11442.
- Hill, J. B., Lyons, P. D., Clark, J. J., & Doelle, W. H. (2015). The "Collapse" of Cooperative Hohokam Irrigation in the Lower Salt River Valley. JOURNAL OF THE SOUTHWEST, 57(4), 609-674.
- Lyons, P. D. (2014). Jeddito Yellow Ware, Migration, and the Kayenta Diaspora. KIVA, 79(2), 147-174. doi:10.1179/0023194014Z.00000000018
- Lyons, P. D. (2010). Norton Allen's Excavations in the San Pedro and Dripping Spring Valleys of Southeastern Arizona. JOURNAL OF THE SOUTHWEST, 52(2-3), 323-361.
- Lyons, P. D. (2010). Review of "Symbols in Clay: Seeking Artists' Identities in Hopi Yellow Ware Bowls". JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 66(2), 293-294.
- Lyons, P. D., & Vokes, A. W. (2010). The Role of Fee Structures in Repository Sustainability. HERITAGE MANAGEMENT, 3(2), 213-232.
- Dittemore, D. D., Jacobs, M., & Lyons, P. D. (2008). The Southwestern Pottery Collection at the Arizona State Museum: An American Treasure. AMERICAN INDIAN ART, 33(4), 68-77.
- Lyons, P. D., & Lindsay, A. J. (2006). Perforated Plates and the Salado Phenomenon. KIVA, 72(1), 5-54.
- Hill, J. B., Clark, J. J., Doelle, W. H., & Lyons, P. D. (2004). Prehistoric Demography in the Southwest: Migration, Coalescence, and Hohokam Population Decline. AMERICAN ANTIQUITY, 69(4), 689-716.
- Lyons, P. D. (2004). Cliff Polychrome. KIVA, 69(4), 361-400.
- Lyons, P. D. (2004). José Solas Ruin. KIVA, 70(2), 143-181.
- Lyons, P. D. (2004). Review of "Centuries of Decline During the Hohokam Classic Period at Pueblo Grande". JOURNAL OF FIELD ARCHAEOLOGY, 29(3-4), 486-494.