Jonathan Driver



  • MA (Cambridge)
  • PhD (University of Calgary)


Jon Driver has been a faculty member in Archaeology since 1982. He has served as Chair of Archaeology (1993-1996), Dean of Graduate Studies (2000-2008) and Vice-President Academic and Provost (2008-2016 and 2019-2020). He is currently a research associate of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (Colorado) and president of the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society that operates the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (Vancouver Island) on behalf of the Universities of Alberta, British Columbia, Calgary, Victoria and SFU.

General Research Interests

He has undertaken archaeological fieldwork and laboratory analysis in England, the American Southwest and western Canada. His research deals generally with human subsistence and human/environment relationships, topics that he approaches through zooarchaeological methods.

Research Programs

He is currently working on a SSHRC-funded project on the environmental and cultural history of the Peace River region in BC and Alberta, with emphasis on the site of Tse’K’wa (also known as Charlie Lake Cave) . Although he is no longer actively working in the American Southwest, he is still preparing a few final papers on previous research. Due to impending retirement, he will not be accepting new graduate students.


Royle, Thomas C.A., Dongya Y. Yang and Jonathan C. Driver 2020 Ancient DNA reveals northwest range extension of Richardson’s ground squirrel (Urocitellus richardsonii) into northeastern British Columbia, Canada, during the Late Pleistocene. Canadian Journal of  Earth Sciences 57: 855–866

Badenhorst, S., J.C. Driver and S.C. Ryan 2019. Desirable meat: the social context of meat procurement at Albert Porter Pueblo, a Great House community in the central Mesa Verde region. Kiva 85: 191-203. DOI: 10.1080/00231940.2019.1579442

Stephens, L.,  D. Fuller, N. Boivin, T. Rick, N. Gauthier, A. Kay, B. Marwick et al. (including J.C. Driver) 2019. Archaeological assessment reveals Earth’s early transformation through land use. Science 365: 897-902. DOI: 10.1126/science.aax1192

Driver, J.C. 2019  Faculty members who are bullies. In Cyberbullying at University in International Contexts, edited by W. Cassidy, C. Faucher and M. Jackson, pp. 212-214. Routledge, New York.

Maxwell, D. and J.C. Driver 2018  Are models of ancient bison population structure valid? In The Archaeology of Large-Scale Manipulation of Prey, edited by K. Carlson and L.C. Bement, pp. 96-120. University Press of Colorado, Louisville. DOI: 10.5876/9781607326823.c005

Welch, John R., David V. Burley, Jonathan C. Driver, Erin A. Hogg, Kanthi Jayasundera, Michael Klassen, David Maxwell, George P. Nicholas, Janet Pivnick, and Christopher D. Dore 2018  Digital Bridges Across Disciplinary, Practical and Pedagogical Divides: An Online Professional Master’s Program in Heritage Resource Management. Journal of Archaeology and Education 2(2).

Badenhorst, S., J.C. Driver and D. Maxwell 2016  Pueblo Bonito Fauna. In The Pueblo Bonito Mounds of Chaco Canyon, edited by Patricia L. Crown, pp. 189-211. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.

Heintzman, Peter D., Duane Froese, John W. Ives, André E. R. Soares, Grant D. Zazula, Brandon Letts, Thomas D. Andrews, Jonathan C. Driver, Elizabeth Hall, P. Gregory Hare, Christopher N. Jass, Glen MacKay, John R. Southon, Mathias Stiller, Robin Woywitka, Marc A. Suchard and Beth Shapiro 2016  Bison phylogeography constrains dispersal and viability of the Ice Free Corridor in western Canada. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Badenhorst, S. and J.C. Driver 2015  Faunal remains. In The Archaeology of Albert Porter Pueblo (Site 5MT123): Excavations at a Great House Community Center in Southwestern Colorado, edited by Susan C. Ryan, 448-475. Cortez, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Rawlings, T.A. and J.C. Driver 2015  Faunal remains from Shields Pueblo. In The Archaeology of Shields Pueblo (Site 5MT3807): Excavations at a Mesa-Top Community Center in Southwestern Colorado, edited by Susan C. Ryan, pp. 186-221. Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, Colorado.

J.C. Driver  2014  Comment: “Landscape Engineering and Organizational Complexity among Late Prehistoric Bison Hunters of the Northwestern Plains” (Maria Nieves Zedeño, Jesse A. M. Ballenger, and John R. Murray). Current Anthropology 55(1): 44-45.

Driver, J.C. and D. Maxwell 2013  Bison death assemblages and the interpretation of human hunting behaviour. Quaternary International 297: 100-109.

Schollmeyer, K.G. and J.C. Driver 2013  Settlement patterns, source-sink dynamics, and artiodactyl hunting in the prehistoric U.S. Southwest. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory20: 448-478.

Badenhorst, S., R. Lyle, J. Merewether, J.C. Driver, and S. Ryan 2012  The potential of osteometric data for comprehensive studies of turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) husbandry in the American Southwest. Kiva 78(1): 61-78.

Schollmeyer, K.G. and J.C. Driver 2012  The past, present, and future of small terrestrial mammals in human diets. In Conservation Biology and Applied Zooarchaeology, edited by Steve Wolverton and R. Lee Lyman, pp. 179-207. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

J.C. Driver 2011  Twenty years after "Identification, Classification and Zooarchaeology". Ethnobiology Letters 2: 36-39.

J.C. Driver 2011 Identification, Classification and Zooarchaeology. Ethnobiology Letters 2: 19-29. [Reprint of 1992 paper]

J.C. Driver 2011  Human Impacts on Animal Populations in the American Southwest. In Movement, Connectivity and Landscape Change in the Ancient Southwest, edited by M.C. Nelson and C. Strawhacker, pp. 179-198. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Schollmeyer, K.G. and J.C. Driver 2011  Deer in prehistory in the southwestern United States.  Deer: The Journal of the British Deer Society 16(1):22-25.

Rawlings, T.A. and J.C. Driver 2010  Paleodiet of domestic turkey, Shields Pueblo (5MT3807), Colorado: isotopic analysis and its implications for care of a household domesticate. Journal of Archaeological Science. 37: 2433-2441.

Tarcan, C. and J.C. Driver
2010  The adoption and use of domestic animals at Zuni. In Anthropological Approaches to Zooarchaeology: Complexity, Colonialism, and Animal Transformations, edited by D. Campana, P. Crabtree, S. D. de France, J. Lev-Tov and A. Choyke, pp. 159-167. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Badenhorst, S. and J.C. Driver 2009  Faunal changes in farming communities from Basketmaker II to Pueblo III (A.D.1-1300) in the San Juan Basin of the American Southwest. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 1832-1841.

Driver, J.C., C. Tarcan and B. Fothergill 2009  Faunal remains from Bluff Great House. In Chaco and After in the Northern San Juan: Excavations at the Bluff Great House, edited by C. Cameron, Appendix 5 (CD format; 15pp, 8 tables). University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Badenhorst, S., P. Mitchell and J.C. Driver (eds.) 2008  Animals and People: Archaeozoological Papers in Honour of Ina Plug. British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1849. Archaeopress: Oxford.

J.C. Driver 2008  Models for zooarchaeologists from modern bushmeat studies. In Animals and Archaeology: Archaeozoological Papers in Honour of Ina Plug, edited by S. Badenhorst, P. Mitchell and J.Driver, pp. 21-33 . British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1849. Archaeopress: Oxford.

J.C. Driver 2008  Review of "A Movable Feast:  Ten Millenia of Food Globalization" (K. Kiple, Cambridge University Press, 2007).  Canadian Journal of Archaeology 32:142-144.

Driver, J.C. and C. Vallieres 2008  The Palaeoindian Bison Assemblage from Charlie Lake Cave, British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 32(2): 239-257.

Driver, J.C. and J. Woiderski 2008  Interpretation of the "lagomorph index" in the American Southwest. Quaternary International 185: 3-11.

Rawlings, T.A. and J.C. Driver 2008  Food production and gender relations in the prehistoric Northern San Juan region. In Celebrating Jane Holden Kelley and Her Work, edited by M. F. Kemrer, pp. 137-156. New Mexico Archaeological Council Special Publication No. 5, Albuquerque.

J.C. Driver 2005  Review of "Zooarchaeology and Conservation Biology" (edited by R.L. Lyman and K.P. Cannon, University of Utah Press, 2004).  Canadian Journal of Archaeology 29:127-129.

J.C. Driver 2005  Review of "Ancient Puebloan Southwest" (John Kantner, Cambridge University Press, 2004). Canadian Journal of Archaeology 29:301-303.

Yang, D.Y., J.R. Woiderski and J.C. Driver
2005  DNA analysis of archaeological rabbit remains from the America Southwest.  Journal of Archaeological Science 32:567-578.

J.C. Driver 2004  Review of "Archaeology Theory and Scientific Practice" (Andrew Jones, Cambridge University Press, 2002). Canadian Journal of Archaeology 28:161-165.

J.C. Driver 2004  Food, status and formation processes: A case study from Medieval England. In Behavior Behind Bones: The Zooarchaeology of Ritual, Religion, Status and Identity, edited by Sharon Jones O'Day, Wim Van Neer and Anton Ervynck, pp. 244–251. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Muir, R.J. and J.C. Driver 2004  Identifying ritual use of animals in the northern American Southwest. In Behavior Behind Bones: The Zooarchaeology of Ritual, Religion, Status and Identity, edited by Sharon Jones O'Day, Wim Van Neer, and Anton Ervynck, pp. 128–143. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Shapiro, B. and 26 others including J.C. Driver 2004  Rise and fall of the Beringian steppe bison.  Science 306:1561-1565.

Muir, R.J. and J.C. Driver 2003  Faunal Remains. In The Archaeology of Yellow Jacket Pueblo, edited by K.A. Kuckelman. Crow Canyon Archaeology Center, Cortez.

Ward, B.C., M.C. Wilson, D.W. Nagorsen, D.E. Nelson, J.C. Driver, and R.J. Wigen 2003  Port Eliza Cave: North American West Coast interstadial environment and implications for human migrations. Quaternary Science Reviews 22: 1383–1388.

Muir, R.J. and J.C. Driver 2002  Scale of analysis and zooarchaeological interpretation: Pueblo III faunal variation in the northern San Juan region. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 21:1 65–199.

J.C. Driver 2002  Faunal variation and change in the Mesa Verde regions. In Seeking the center place: archaeology and ancient communities in the Mesa Verde region, edited by M.D. Varien and R.H. Wilshusen, pp. 147–160. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

J.C. Driver 2002  Faunal remains. In The Archaeology of Woods Canyon Pueblo, edited by M. Churchill. Crow Canyon Archaeology Center, Cortez.

J.C. Driver 2001  Review of "Prehistoric Warfare in the American Southwest" (Steven A. LeBlanc, University of Utah Press, 1999). Canadian Journal of Archaeology 25: 134–136.

J.C. Driver 2001  A comment on methods for identifying quartzite cobble artifacts. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 25: 127–131.

J.C. Driver 2001 Discussion: preglacial archaeological evidence at Grimshaw, the Peace River, Alberta. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 38(5): 871–874.

J.C. Driver 2001  Paleoecological and archaeological implications of the Charlie Lake Cave fauna, British Columbia, 10,500 to 9,500 B.P. In People and Wildlife in Northern North America: Essays in Honour of R. Dale Guthrie, edited by S.C. Gerlach and M.S. Murray, pp. 13–21. British Archaeological Reports International Series 944, Oxford.

J.C. Driver 2001  Environmental archaeology is not human palaeoecology. In Environmental Archaeology: Meaning and Purpose, edited by U. Albarella, pp. 43–53. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.

J.C. Driver 2001  A reply to Thomas. In Environmental Archaeology: Meaning and Purpose, edited by U. Albarella, pp. 59–60. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.

J.C. Driver 2000  Review of "Bringing Back the Past: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Archaeology" (edited by Pamela Jane Smith and Donald Mitchell, Archaeology Survey of Canada Paper 158, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull 1998). Canadian Journal of Archaeology 24: 213–216.

J.C. Driver 2000  Hunting strategies and horticulture communities in southeastern New Mexico. In Animal Bones, Human Societies, edited by P. Rowley-Conwy, pp. 115–123, Oxbow Books, Oxford.

J.C. Driver 2000  Faunal remains. In Archaeology of Castle Rock Pueblo, edited by K. Kuckelman, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, Colorado. Electronic publication:

J.C. Driver 2000  Faunal remains. In Households and Farms in Eary Zuni Prehistory: Settlement, Subsistence, and the Archaeology of Y Unit Draw, Archaeological Investigations at Eighteen Sites along New Mexico State Highway 602, pp. 665–675. Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise Report No. 593, Research Series No. 11.

J.C. Driver 1999  Raven skeletons from Paleoindian contexts, Charlie Lake Cave, British Columbia. American Antiquity 64(2): 289–298.

Driver, J.C. (editor) 1999  Zooarchaeology of the Pleistocene/Holocene Boundary. British Archaeological Reports International Series 800, Oxford.v, 83 pp., 32 figs., 25 tables.

Driver, J.C., M. Brand, L. Lester, and N. Munro 1999  Faunal remains. In The Sand Canyon Archaeological Project: Site Testing, edited by M. Varien, Chapter 18. CD ROM Version 1.0 and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, Colorado. 13 pp., 10 tables, 5 figures.

Driver, J.C. 1998  Late Pleistocene collared lemming (Dicrostonyx torquatus) from northeastern British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18(4): 816–818.

J.C. Driver 1998  Human adaptation at the Pleistocene/Holocene boundary in western Canada, 1,000 to 9000 BP. Quaternary International 49/50: 141–150.

J.C. Driver 1997  Zooarchaeology and social organization in non-state societies. Anthropozoologica 25–26: 79–84. (Proceedings of the 7th International Congress of the International Council for Archaeozoology, ICAZ, Konstanz, Germany, September 1994).

Driver, J.C., M. Handly, K.R. Fladmark, D.E. Nelson, G.M. Sullivan, and R. Preston
1996  Stratigraphy, radiocarbon dating and culture history of Charlie Lake Cave, British Columbia. Arctic 49(3): 265–277.

J.C. Driver 1995  Social hunting and multiple predation. In Before Farming:Hunter-Gatherer Society and Subsistence, edited by D.V. Campana, pp. 23–38. MASCA Research Papers in Science and Archaeology, Supplement to Volume 12.


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