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William Workman

William Workman

Professor Emeritus
Department of Anthropology


  • Ph.D., Archaeology, University of Wisconsin, 1974


He began his northern research in 1962 as a crew member on the U.W.'s Aleut-Konyag Prehistory and Ecology project excavation at Three Saints Bay on Kodiak Island. He joined the faculty of Alaska Methodist (now Alaska Pacific) University in 1969. In 1977 he accepted a position at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he currently is Professor of Anthropology. Since 1962 Workman has participated in, directed or co-directed archaeological field projects in the Cook Inlet region, on Kodiak Island, the Copper River Basin and the southern Yukon Territory of Canada, spending slightly over two and one half of the last 35 years in the field. He has authored or co-authored some twenty scientific papers and one published monograph on the culture history of the Aishihik-Kluane area, southwest Yukon Territory of Canada as well as several popular articles and numerous reviews, unpublished reports and papers delivered at professional meetings.

Professional Honors
Academic honors include membership in Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi as well as two National Science Foundation graduate fellowships. He has also held an exchange fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and has been a visiting scientist with the Archaeological Survey of Canada and a visiting professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon. Other professional activities include service as contributing editor (far north) for the Review of Archaeology, editor for current research (far north) for American Antiquity and associate editorships for Arctic Anthropology and the Anthropological Papers of .the University of Alaska. Workman has served several terms on the board of directors of the Alaska Anthropological Association and was president of that organization in 1976-77.   

Research Interests

  • Archaeology
  • Traditional Cultures
  • Arctic
  • Subarctic
  • Northwest Coast
  • Alaska