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Tim Gross, PhD

Adjunct Instructor, Anthropology

Tim Gross, PhD, has participated in archaeological projects in the Siwa Oasis region of northwestern Egypt, Colorado, Washington state, and Arizona, as well as southern and central California. Gross served as managing editor for the Dolores Archaeological Program technical report series, including thirteen volumes published by the Bureau of Reclamation, on this important archaeological project in southwest Colorado. He teaches at USD, San Diego State, and Mesa College, and he does some consulting with Ecology and Environment, Inc.  With Sarah W. Neusius he coauthored a text book on North American Archaeology, Seeking Our Past, published in 2007 by Oxford University Press.  He is a past president of the board of the San Diego Archaeological Center and has a deep interest in curation issues. He was involved in planning and fund-raising for USD's American Indian Celebration, and he is looking forward to working with the May Collection.


PhD, Washington State University
MA, Washington State University
BA, San Diego State University

Scholarly and Creative Work

Gross maintains an active research interest in the archaeology of western North America, especially southern California and the Southwest. 

Teaching Interests

Topical interests include geoarchaeology, stratigraphy, and site formation; complex hunter-gatherers; early Formative cultures; storage architecture; and lithic technology.