Crow Canyon Archaelogical CenterWashington State University


Scott Ortman, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Boulder
Project Scientist

Scott G. Ortman (Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2010) began his research in the northern Southwest in 1993 and has conducted fieldwork in both the central Mesa Verde region of southwestern Colorado and the Tewa Basin of northern New Mexico. His research combines archaeological analysis, historical linguistics, cognitive linguistics, physical anthropology, and ethnology to connect the ancestral Pueblo past to the modern Pueblo world. His research examines the role of political processes in the evolution of human diversity, examining how the intersection of political power, material conditions, and individual rationality promote or discourage social change.

He has published many articles in scientific journals, and he is the author of Winds from the North: Tewa Origins and Historical Anthropology (University of Utah Press, 2012).

Scott is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and a research associate of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

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