Robert Z. Selden Jr.
Stephen F. Austin State University
I am an avid outdoor enthusiast and researcher of material culture and history—to include the history of material culture. I found a passion for anthropology during my time and travels in the US Marine Corps, where I witnessed the influence that cultural differences can have in crafting meaningful solutions to complex social problems. My work is generally focused upon museum and repository studies, where I use archaeological methods and digital technology to test and refine hypotheses associated with human history and the story of our shared past. The majority of my current research is aimed at better understanding the morphological variation that occurs in the archaeological record, particularly where the shape of those objects made by ancestral human populations changes across specific temporal and spatial boundaries. In addition to my studies of material culture shape, I use machine learning and artificial intelligence methods to aid in predicting where archaeological sites may occur, helping land managers and researchers to make informed decisions regarding current and future ground disturbing and prospection projects. These research domains provide novel insights into prehistoric site selection choices and the (potential) links to morphological changes in human toolkits that accompany site selection choices during the cultural transition from a mobile hunter-gatherer economy to one of increasing sedentism associated with horticulturalists and emergent agriculturalist populations.