Ralph Hartley
Adjunct Faculty Member Anthropology


Ralph Hartley is a Research Associate Professor, currently focusing on an exploratory investigation of rock cairns in alpine settings of southeast Alaska, supported by the National Science Foundation. His additional primary research interests include (1) the social and bio-physical conditions underlying intra-group competition that lead to violent conflict and genocidal behavior, and (2) the communicative mechanisms of marking places in prehistory with “rock-art” as well as in contemporary settings with “graffiti”. He was formerly an archaeologist with the National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center with responsibilities for cultural resource management and research in the western U.S.  Currently, Dr. Hartley is a co-principal investigator on a multi-year National Science Foundation grant entitled "A Multidisciplinary Study of Alpine Cairns, Baranof Island, Southeast Alaska. Grant No. 1145831, 1230 132, 1346842.

Curriculum Vita

Selected Publications

2016    Competition Expressed: Marking Places within Rural and Urban Landscapes. w/S. Kennedy.  Bollettino del Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici (BCSP) 40: in press

2015    The Socio-Spatial Context of Rock-Art in the Purgatoire River Valley: An Exploratory Analysis. w/A. Vawser. In Proceedings of the XXVI Valcamonica Symposium, pp. 135-142. Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici, Capo Di Ponte (BS), Italy.

2013    Claiming/Re-Claiming Space with Place-Marking in Rural and Urban Landscapes. w/S. Kennedy. Proceedings of the XXV Valcamonica Symposium, ed. E. Anati, pp. 459-462. Capo di Ponte (BS), Italy

2012    Signifying the Place of Unforgettable Memory: Atrocity and Trauma in a Post-Conflict Landscape. 

2010    Sleeping with the enemy: an essay on mixed identity in the context of violent conflict. Social Identities 16(2): 225-246.

2009    Variability in the Behavior of Women in Violent Inter-Group Conflict. Mankind Quarterly 49: 320-345.

2009    An Archaeological Survey of Selected Transects within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, La Crosse District, La Crosse County, Wisconsin. w/ A. Osborn. National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln.

2008    Archeological Survey within the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Murray County, Oklahoma. w/A. Osborn. Technical Report No. 108. National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln.

2008    Archeological Verification of the Waiilatpu Mission Grounds (45WW41) at Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Walla Walla County, Washington. w/K. Cannon. National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln.

2007    Human Modifications to the Landscape of Hunt and Sheep Mountains, Wyoming:  Exploring Socially Constructed Space. w/ A. Vawser. In Digital Discovery: Exploring NewFrontiers in Human Heritage. ed. Jeffery Clark, Pp. 203-213. Budapest: Archaeologingua.

2007    Rock Art. In Encyclopedia of Great Plains Indians. ed. D.J. Wishart. Pp.174-176. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

2007    To Massacre: A Perspective on Demographic Competition. Anthropological Quarterly 80 (1): 237-251.

2007    Archeological Inventory West of Lake Mohave, Lake Mead National Recreation Area,  lark County, Nevada. w/ A.Vawser and A. McKee. National Park Service, Midwest     Archeological Center, Lincoln.

2006    Signifying Places of Atrocity. In Spontaneous Shrines and the Public Memorialization of Death. ed. J. Santino. Pp. 285-303. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

2005    A Quantitative Investigation of the Cultural Topography of Hunt and Sheep Mountains, Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming. w/ A. Vawser. National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln.


  • PhD 1989 University of Nebraska