Carlton Shield Chief Gover

Carlton Gover
  • Acting Assistant Professor
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Anthropology
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Acting Assistant Curator
  • Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado - expected May 2024
  • M.A. University of Wyoming
  • B.S. Radford University
  • Spring 2024 Office Hours: Mon. and Wed. 3:30 - 4:30pm and Fri. 9-10am in 611 Fraser Hall; and by appointment - send email to

Contact Info

5 Spooner Hall
1415 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Research Interests

Indigenous Archaeology; Decolonial Anthropology; Community-Based Research; Ethnogenesis; Identity; Migration; Bayesian Statistics; Radiocarbon Analysis; Chronology Analysis; Plains Town Formation; Introduction of Horses; Diaspora of Mesolithic Peoples; Public Outreach; Science Communication; Underwater Archaeology


M.A., University of Wyoming


Geographical Areas of Specialization

North America; Great Plains; Central Plains; Missouri River Valley; Ukraine; Hispaniola



ANTH 318 Peoples of the Great Plains

ANTH 397 Museum Anthropology

ANTH 523 Great Plains Archaeology

ANTH TBD Indigenous Archaeology

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

2024 Van Alst, E. & Shield Chief Gover, C. Indigenizing Archaeology: Applying Theory into practice. Edited Volume for University of Florida Press. In Press.

2024 Shield Chief Gover, C. History within Radiocarbon. In Indigenizing Archaeology: Applying Theory into Practice, Eds. Van Alst, E., Shield Chief Gover, C. University of Florida Press. In Press.

2024 Shield Chief Gover, C. Becoming a Čâhiksičâhiks Archaeologist. In Being Indigenous Archaeologists: Reckoning New Paths Between Past and Present Lives, Eds. Nicholas, G., & Watkins, J. Routledge Press. In Press.

2023 Taylor, W., Librado, P., Running Horse Collin, Y., Shield Chief Gover, C., et al. Early Dispersal of Domestic Horses into the Great Plains and Northern Rockies. In Science.379(6639): 1316-1323.

Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

2023 Shulist, S., Shield Chief Gover, C., Krupa, K., Karyl Franz, M., & Buschmann, R., Moderated by Yang, B., The Anthropology of Colonial Hoarding: History, Repatriation, and the Future of Colonial Institutions. American Anthropological Association / Canadian Anthropology Society joint Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario.

2023 Shield Chief Gover, C. Horse’n Around the Archaeological Record: Saddling Archaeological Science with Indigenous Knowledge. Hosted by The University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology and 2nd Story Museum. Lexington, KY.

2023 Shield Chief Gover, C. Changing Perspectives in Central Plains Archaeology: Bison, Maize, and Horses. Hosted by the Oklahoma University Department of Anthropology and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Department. Norman, OK.

Creative Works

Creative Works

The A Life in Ruins Podcast hosted by the Archaeology Podcast Network

The Site Bite’s Podcast hosted by the Archaeology Podcast Network



Society for American Archaeology

American Anthropological Association

Plains Anthropological Society

Society for Historic Archaeology