Department of Anthropology

Eric Schroeder

PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Eric Schroeder



Material culture studies regarding emergent complexity in prehistoric mobile societies, Prehispanic and protohistoric archaeology of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico, Evolutionary and historical paradigms in hunter-gatherer complexity, conflict theory, the dialectics of inequality, prehistoric ideology, ethnohistory


Eric Schroeder has been a practicing professional archaeologist in the CRM industry for over 20 years, and during that time he has directed numerous prehistoric and historic archaeological research studies in the Southwestern and Midwestern United States, Atlantic Europe, and West Africa.  He is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin writing his dissertation on how prehistoric mobile populations in Texas between A.D. 1250 and 1700 organized their internal politics. His work focuses on the particular strategies tribal and group leaders employed to establish and maintain leadership and control over intertribal coalitions such as ceremony and ritual, warfare, and exchange. Recent publications and presentations include:

(2016) An Invesigation into Late Prehistoric Trade Fair Sites in Texas. Paper Presented at the La Junta de los Rios Conference, Presidio. 

(2015) On the Trail of the People of the Cows: Transient Camps and Hypothesized Ceremonial Rendezvous of the Late Prehistoric Mobile Populations of Southwestern Texas. Transactions of the 51st Regional Archaeological Symposium for Southeastern New Mexico and Western Texas. pp. 49-72

(2014) Hegemony and Mission Practices in Colonial New Spain. In Robert H. Jackson (ed.) Evangelization and Cultural Conflict in Colonial Mexico. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne.

(2013) The Jumano in the First Century of Colonial Contact, Masters Report, The University of Texas at Austin.

(2012) Native and Catholic Practices on the Frontier of New Spain. Paper Presented at the Symposium on Evangelization and Culture Conflict in Colonial Mexico, Mexico City.

(2011) The Armstrong Site: A Transitional Archaic Occupation along the Eastern Balcones Escarpment. Bulletin of the Texas Archeological Society 82:117-134.




MS Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas Tech University; MA Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin

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