Paul J. White


PhD, 2008, Anthropology
Brown University
Providence, RI

Office: BMH 219
Phone: 907 786 6455

Paul White specializes in historical and industrial archaeology. His research interests include ethnohistory, landscape archaeology, and the study of industrialization and colonialism. He has worked in several parts of the United States, as well as in New Zealand, the country of his birth. This fieldwork has been conducted in a range of contexts, including in the U.S. for the National Park Service, Forest Service, Historic American Engineering Record, and Environmental Protection Agency. For the last five years, Dr. White’s research has concentrated on exploring historical connections between the mining industry and Native American land dispossession in the United States. He recently conducted archaeological and ethnohistorical research in Death Valley, California, where he examined recurrent conflicts at water springs between miners and generations of three Timbisha Shoshone families. Since 2009, he has been surveying abandoned mining lands in the Fairbanks district. This project, conducted in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and Michigan Technological University, includes making safety hazard assessments in addition to  archaeological site recording. He is currently writing a book on the archaeology of North American mining. 


Left: Detail from the isometric reconstruction of a 2-stamp gold mill in the Fairbanks District. Illustration by P. White 2011.


Bowman, Luke, and Paul White. 2012. "Community" Risk Perceptions of a Disaster Risk Reduction Intervention at Santa Ana (Ilamatepec) Volcano, El Salvador. Environmental Hazards 11(2).

White, Paul J. 2010. The Rise and Fall of the California Stamp: Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on the Aging of a Technology. IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology 36(1): 64-83.

White, Paul J. 2008. Claiming an “Unpossessed Country”: Monuments to Ownership and Dispossession in Death Valley. In Archaeologies of Placemaking: Monuments, Memories, and Engagement in Native North America, One World Archaeology series, vol. 59, edited by Patricia E. Rubertone, pp. 135-60. Walnut Creek, Calif.: Left Coast Press.

White, Paul J. 2006. Troubled Waters: Timbisha Shoshone, Miners, and Dispossession at Warm Spring. IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology 32 (1): 4-24.

White, Paul J. 2003. Heads, Tails, and Decisions In-between: The Archaeology of Mining Wastes. IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology 29 (2): 47-66.

Cathy Gilbert, Paul White, and Anne Worthington. 2001. Cultural Landscape Report: Kennecott National Historic Landmark, Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Anchorage: National Park Service, Alaska Support Office.