Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Our People

Daniel S. Amick, PhD

Title/s: Associate Dean of Faculty, Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Office #: BVM Hall 310

Phone: 773.508.3446

E-mail: damick@luc.edu

External Webpage: https://luc.academia.edu/DanielAmick


Dan Amick received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1994 and began teaching at Loyola University Chicago in 1995.  He is an archaeological scientist devoted to the study of the relationship of humans to the environment and connecting these studies of the past with contemporary problems. He is a firm believer in the power of experiential learning pedagogy and teaches several engaged-learning and service-learning classes, including field and lab courses in archaeology, waste audit research in environmental sustainability, and service-learning in refugee resettlement.  Amick has been honored with several awards for his dedication to teaching and community service and has served in a leadership role for the university and various professional organizations.  Since 2012, he has been conducting an annual Archaeological Field School researching and excavating an early-mid 19th century pioneer farmstead located on the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus as well as studying household remains from a late 19th century urban dump located under Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus.  He has mentored dozens of students in independent research and senior honors theses, often funded through the Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.


Research Interests

Nearly all of Amick's published research centers on understanding prehistoric North American hunter-gatherers from the standpoint of their lithic technology and land use patterns. His approach to these problems is processual and grounded in evolutionary and ecological theory as well as building reliable inferences through experimental methods and ethnographic evidence.  This work has included investigation of technological organization among Mid-Holocene Archaic groups in the Midsouth, Pleistocene and Holocene foragers in the Great Basin, and Paleoindian groups across the continent (especially Folsom, Clovis, and Cody).  Much of that work has focused on exploring structure and variation in technological systems as a means of understanding human behavior and adaptive strategies, especially related to land use and colonization.  He is currently completing various Paleoindian research projects while initiating studies of the early 19th century Virginia Settlement in McHenry County, Illinois.  These projects offer the common themes of understanding human colonization strategies and human-environmental interactions.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Amick is a past president of the Plains Anthropological Society and an Associate Editor of Current Research in the Pleistocene. He maintains memberships in the Society for American ArchaeologyAmerican Anthropological AssociationMidwest Archaeological ConferenceAmerican Quaternary Association; and Illinois Archeological Survey.

Courses Taught

Anth 101: Human Origins
Anth 104 (INST 102/PAX 104): The Human Ecological Footprint
Anth 212: Peoples of Native North America
Anth 241: Principles of Archaeology
Anth 243: North American Archaeology
Anth 244: Historical Archaeology
Anth 301: Refugee Resettlement (Service-Learning)
Anth 303: People and Conservation
Anth 341: Ice Age America
Anth 361: Effects of Human Population Growth
Anth 365: Archaeology Lab Methods
Anth 366: Lithic Technology
Anth 397: Directed Readings
Anth 398: Independent Study
Anth 399: Fieldwork in Anthropology

Selected Publications

Available as PDFs on request

2016    Evolving Views on the Pleistocene Colonization of North America. Quaternary International.

2016    Lone Butte: A Folsom Hunting Camp and Overlook in the Central Tularosa Basin of New Mexico.  PaleoAmerica 2(2): 99-108.

2015    The Recycling of Material Culture Today and during the Paleolithic. Quaternary International 361:4-20.

2014    Reflection on the Origins of Recycling: A Paleolithic Perspective.  Lithic Technology 39(1):64-69.

2013    Way Out West: Cody Complex Occupations from the Northwestern Great Basin.  In Paleoindian Lifeways of the Cody Complex, ed. by E. Knell and M. Muniz, pp. 215-245.  University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

2007    Behavioral Causes and Archaeological Effects of Lithic Artifact Recycling.  In Tools versus Cores: Alternative Approaches to Stone Tool Analysis, ed. by S. McPherron, pp. 223-252.  Cambridge Scholars Publications, Newcastle.

2000    Regional Approaches with Unbounded Systems: The Folsom Record of Land Use in New Mexico and West Texas.  In The Archaeology of Regional Interaction: Religion, Warfare, and Exchange in the American Southwest and Beyond, ed. by M. Hegmon, pp. 119-147.  University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

1999    Using Lithic Artifacts to Explain Past Behavior.  In Models for the Millennium: Great Basin Anthropology Today, ed. by C. Beck, pp. 161-170.  University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

1996    Regional Patterns of Folsom Mobility and Land Use in the American Southwest.  World Archaeology 27(3):411-426.