Kory Cooper

Kory CooperH. Kory Cooper
Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Materials Engineering


Kory Cooper is an anthropologically trained archaeologist who uses a Behavioral Archaeology framework to study technological change past and present. One of his areas of specialization is archaeometallurgy, the study of ancient and historic metals.

Cooper conducted fieldwork in Jordan, Sudan, and California, but geographically his research has been focused on far northwest North America (Arctic, Subarctic, and Northwest Coast). There he studies metallurgical innovation, primarily native copper use, and its relationship to social complexity among prehistoric hunter-gatherers.

Cooper’s research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Polar Programs (Division of Arctic Social Science). Cooper began to apply a Behavioral Archaeology framework to the study of e-waste and has a courtesy appointment in the School of Materials Engineering and is a Faculty Affiliate in the Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering.

He teaches Anthropology courses, such as Native American Cultures, Hunter-Gatherers, Introduction to Archaeology, World Prehistory, and North American Archaeology. He co-teaches a cross-listed course (Anthropology/Materials Science Engineering) titled “Archaeology and Materials Science.”  

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