Department of Anthropology

Steven A. Weber

Position: Professor
Office: VMMC 202M
Phone: 360-546-9734

Biographical sketch

I am an archaeologist and archaeobotonist working throughout the world. I received my B.S. and M.A. in anthropology from Northern Arizona University. After working several years as a consulting archaeologist, I returned to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania where I received my Ph.D. in 1989.


The theme of my research has continued to be how and why people adopt new subsistence strategies, and how change in subsistence systems relates to change in material culture and settlement systems.

With a colleague, I co-founded the Society of Ethnobiology and the Journal of Ethnobiology in order to promote the interdisciplinary study of human interaction with the natural environment. I remain committed to promoting the creative fusion of biological and anthropological approaches to the study of humans and their surroundings. Since arriving at WSU-Vancouver in 1994, I have been involved in projects throughout Asia, including India, Pakistan, and Thailand. I maintain a special interest in paleoethnobotany, but regard myself first and foremost as a field-oriented archaeologist.


Anth 330 Origins of Culture and Civilization

Research projects

Selected publications


PDF Weber SA and Belcher WR 2003. Indus Ethnobiology. Lexington Books.
PDF Weber SA 1991. Plants and Harappan Subsistence. Westview.

Articles and Chapters

PDF Weber, Kashyap, and Mounce 2011. Archaeobotany at Farmana: New Insights Into Harappan Plant Use Strategies. In: Excavations at Farmana. V. Shinde, T. Osada and M. Kumar (eds) . RIHN, Nakanish Printing: Kyoto, 808-823.
LNK Kashyap and Weber 2010. Harappan plant use revealed by starch grains from Farmana, India . Antiquity, 84.
PDF Weber, Kashyap and Harriman 2010. Does Size Matter: The Role and Significance of Cereal Grains in the Indus Civilization . Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 2, 35-43.
PDF Weber, Lehman, and Barela 2010. Ecological Continuity: An Explanation for Agricultural Diversity in the Indus Civilization and Beyon. Man and Environment, XXXV, 62-75.
PDF Weber, Lehman, Barela, Hawks and Harriman 2010. Rice or Millets: Early Farming Strategies in Central Thailand. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 2(2), 79-88.
PDF Weber SA and Fuller DQ 2007. Millets and Their Role in Early Agriculture. Pragdhara.
PDF Fuller DQ and Weber SA 2005. Formation Processes and Paleoethnobotanical Interpretation in South Asia. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in History and Archaeology, 2, 93-115.
PDF Pennington and Weber 2004. Paleoethnobotany: Modern Research Connecting Ancient Plants and Ancient Peoples. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, 23:1, 13-20.
PDF Weber 2003. Archaeobotany at Harappa: Indications for Change. Indus Ethnobiology: New Perspectives from the Field. S. Weber and B. Belcher eds. Lexington Books , 175-198.
PDF Weber SA 1999. Seeds of urbanism: palaeoethnobotany and the Indus Civilization. Antiquity, 73, 813-826.
PDF Weber SA 1998. Out of Africa: The Initial Impact of Millets in South Asia. Current Anthropology, 39, 267-274.
Weber SA 1996. Distinguishing Change in the Subsistence and the Material Records: The Interplay of Environment and Culture . Asian Perspectives, 35, 155-164.


PDF Weber SA 2005. An Overview of Paleoethnobotany of the Indus Civilization.