Matt Purtill

Matt Purtill

Archaeologist II


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With over 20 years of CRM experience at all phases of investigation, formal geoscience training in pedology and geomorphology, and training in GIS, Purtill specializes in geoarchaeological approaches to archaeological problems at multiple scales of study (region, site, artifact). His primary interests are centered upon soil geomorphology and micromorphology.

Recent Publications:


Review of 2011 monograph Clovis Lithic Technology: Investigation of a Stratified Workshop at the Gault Site, Texas (Waters, Pevny, and Carlson, Texas A&M University Press, College Station). Southeastern Archaeology 35(2):171-172.


Geoarchaeological Investigations in Mesoamerica Move into the 21st Century: A Review. Geoarchaeology 30(3):167-199. Authors: Nicholas P. Dunning, Carmen McCane, Tyler Swinney, Matthew Purtill, Jani Sparks, Ashley Mann, Jon-Paul McCool, and Chantal Ivenso.

Dwelling on the Past: Late Archaic Structures of the Ohio Region. In “Building the Past: Prehistoric Wooden Post Architecture in the Ohio Valley–Great Lakes,” edited by Brian G. Redmond and Robert A. Genheimer, pp.8-28. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


New Archaeobotanical and Feature-Use Data from Post-A.D. 1550 Contexts at the Madisonville Site, Ohio. Authors: Matthew P. Purtill and Karen L. Leone. North American Archaeologist 35(3):211-242.

A New Multistage Construction Chronology for the Great Serpent Mound, USA. Journal of Archaeological Science 50:117-125. Authors: Edward W. Herrmann, G. William Monaghan, William F. Romain, Timothy M. Schilling, Jarrod Burks, Karen L. Leone, Matthew P. Purtill, and Alan C. Tonetti

Open-Air “Adena” Paired-Post Ritual Features in the Middle Ohio Valley: A New Interpretation. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 39 (1):59-82. Authors: Matthew P. Purtill, Jeremy A. Norr, and Jonathan B. Frodge.