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Non-Academic Articles

Weitzel, Elic M. (2023) “Turned Indian.” Historic New England. Winter Issue. [link]

Weitzel, Elic M. (2021) The Ecology of the First Thanksgiving. Scientific American. [link]


Weitzel, Elic M. (2021) History Shows Privatized Space Colonization Will Be Disastrous. Dissident Voice. [link]

Weitzel, Elic M. (2020) Are Pandemics Good for the Environment? Sapiens Magazine. [link]

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

O’Keefe, F. Robin., Regan E. Dunn, Elic M. Weitzel, Michael R. Waters, Lisa N. Martinez, Wendy J. Binder, John R. Southon, Joshua E. Cohen, Julie A. Meachen, Larisa R.G. DeSantis, Matthew E. Kirby, Elena Ghezzo, Joan B. Coltrain, Benjamin T. Fuller, Aisling B. Farrell, Gary T. Takeuchi, Glen MacDonald, Edward B. Davis, and Emily L. Lindsey (2023) Pre-Younger Dryas megafaunal extirpation at Rancho La Brea linked to fire-driven state shift. Science 381(6659). [link]  

Weitzel, Elic M. (2023) Resilience of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) to human hunting in precolonial New England: The faunal remains from the Morgan Site (6HT120), Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 48:103913. [pdf] [link

Weitzel, Elic M. (2023) Environmental rebound and disruption of Indigenous land management following European colonization of southern New England. Questioning Rebound: People and Environmental Change in the Protohistoric and Early Historic Americas, edited by Jacob Fisher and Emily Lena Jones. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, pp. 97-115. [pdf]

Weitzel, Elic M. (2022) Faunal resource use in Late Woodland Connecticut: A view from the Morgan Site (6HT120), Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut, 84:9-38. [pdf]

Weitzel, Elic M. and Brian F. Codding (2022) The ideal distribution model in archaeological settlement patterning. Environmental Archaeology. 27(4):349-356. [pdf] [link]

Weitzel, Elic M., Brian F. Codding, Stephen B. Carmody, and David W. Zeanah (2022) Food production and domestication produced both cooperative and competitive social dynamics in eastern North America. Environmental Archaeology. 27(4):388-401.[pdf] [link]


Reeder-Myers, L.A., T.J. Braje, C.A. Hofman, E.A. Elliot Smith, C. Garland, M. Grone, C.S. Hadden, M. Hatch, T. Hunt, A. Kelley, M.J. LeFebvre, M. Lockman, I. McKechnie, I.J. McNiven, B. Newsom, T. Pluckhahn, G. Sanchez, M. Schwadron, K. Smith, T. Smith, A. Spiess, G. Tayac, V.D. Thompson, T. Vollman, E.M. Weitzel, and T.C. Rick (2022) Indigenous oyster fisheries persisted for millennia and should inform future management. Nature Communications. 13:2383. [link]

Weitzel, Elic M. (2021) Investigating overhunting of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the late Holocene Middle Tennessee River Valley. Southeastern Archaeology. 40(1):1-19. [pdf] [link]

Weitzel, Elic M. (2019) Declining foraging efficiency prior to initial domestication in the Middle Tennessee River Valley. American Antiquity. 84(2): 191-214. [pdf] [link]


Broughton, Jack M. and Elic M. Weitzel (2018) Population reconstructions for humans and megafauna suggest mixed causes for North American Pleistocene extinctions. Nature Communications 9(1):5441. [pdf] [link]

Carmody, Stephen B., Kandace D. Hollenbach, and Elic M. Weitzel (2018) More Than Just Nuts: Prehistoric Foodways from the Dust Cave Site. In Baking, Bourbon, and Black Drink: Foodways Archaeology in the American Southeast, edited by Tanya M. Peres and Aaron Deter-Wolf. University of Alabama Press, pp. 102-118.

Weitzel, Elic M. and Brian F. Codding (2016) Population growth as a driver of initial domestication in Eastern North America. Royal Society Open Science. 3(8):160319. [pdf] [link]


Cultural Resource Management Reports

Weitzel, Elic, Heidi Rosenwinkel, Katherine Wright, and Elin Crook (2016) A Phase I Archaeological Survey of the Tennessee Valley Authority-West Tennessee River Basin Authority Shoreline Stabilization Pilot Project in Hardin County, Tennessee. Prepared for the Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, TN by Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research, Huntsville, AL.

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