Ted Goebel

Ted Goebel
  • Professor
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Anthropology
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Ph.D., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1993
  • Fall 2022 Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 2:00 - 4:00pm; Tues. 10:00 - 11:00am in FR 630 and by appointment.

Contact Info

630 Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1993, Fairbanks, AK
M.A. in Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1990, Fairbanks, AK


Peopling of Northeast Asia and the Americas during the Ice Age; Paleolithic and Paleoindian hunter-gatherer adaptations; prehistory of northern Eurasia, Alaska, and North America.


ANTH 317 Archaeology of Eurasia

ANTH 406 Archaeological Research Methods

ANTH 516 Hunters & Gatherers

Selected Publications

Pratt, J., T. Goebel, and K. E. Graf (2020) A Circum-Pacific Perspective on the Origin of Stemmed Points in North America. PaleoAmerica 6(1):64-108.

Smith, H., and T. Goebel (2020) Proiskhozhdenie i Rasprostranenie Traditsii Zhelobchatykh Nakonechnikov na Territorii Kanadskogo Svobodnogo ot L’da Koridora i Vostochnoi Beringii. Arkheologiia Arktiki 7:115-146 [in Russian].

Graf, K. E., and T. Goebel (2017) The Paleolithic of eastern Beringia from western Alaska to Canadian Yukon. In Human Colonization of the Arctic: The Interaction between Early Migration and the Paleoenvironment, edited by V. M. Kotlyakov, A. A. Velichko, and S. A. Vasil’ev, pp. 311-338. Academic Press, London.

Goebel, T., and B. A. Potter (2016) First traces: Late Pleistocene human settlement of the Arctic. In Handbook of Arctic Archaeology, edited by O. Mason and M. Friesen, pp. 223-252. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Goebel, T. (2014) The overland dispersal of modern humans to eastern Asia: an alternative, northern route from Africa. In Emergence and Diversity of Modern Human Behavior in Paleolithic Asia, edited by Y. Kaifu, M. Izuho, T. Goebel, H. Sato, and A. Ono, pp. 437-452. Texas A&M University Press, College Station.

Seguin-Orlando, A., T. S. Korneliussen, M. Sikora, A.-S. Malaspinas, A. Manica, I. Moltke, A. Albrechtsen, A. Ko, A. Margaryan, v. Moiseyev, T. Goebel, M. Westaway, D. Lambert, V. Khartanovich, J. D. Wall, P. R. Nigst, R. A. Foley, M. M. Lahr, R. Nielsen, L. Orlando, and E. Willerslev (2014) Genomic structure in Europeans dating back at least 36,200 years. Science 10.1126/science.aaa0114.

Goebel, T. (2004) The early Upper Paleolithic of Siberia. In: Brantingham, J., and K. Kerry (eds.), The Early Upper Paleolithic East of the Danube. University of California Press, Berkeley, pp. 162-195.

Goebel, T. (2004) The search for a Clovis progenitor in Siberia. In: Madsen, D. (ed.), Entering America: Northeast Asia and Beringia before the Last Glacial Maximum. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, pp. 311-358.

Goebel, T., M. R. Waters, and M. Dikova (2003) The archaeology of Ushki Lake, Kamchatka, and the Pleistocene peopling of the Americas. Science 301:501-505.

Goebel, T. (2003) The Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in Siberia. Anthropological Papers of the University of Alaska 26(1):94-113.

Selected Presentations

Goebel, Ted (2022) Problems and Prospects in the Study of Modern-Human Dispersal in Northern Asia. Invited lecture presented at the symposium “Insights into Human History in the Eurasian Stone Age: Recent Developments in Archaeology, Palaeoanthropology, and Genetics”, Tohoku Forum for Creativity, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, September 29.

Goebel, Ted (2019) Beringia, the Cradle for Peopling the Americas. Lecture for Donnel Foster Hewett Symposium, The Peopling of the Americas, Lehigh University, Lehigh, February 8.

Goebel, Ted (2018) The Bering Land Bridge and the Ice Age Peopling of the Americas. Carroll D. Clark Lecture in Anthropology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, September 11.

Goebel, T., K. Graf, and J. Pratt (2018) From Sapporo to Salt Lake City: Re-envisioning the Peopling of the Americas without Clovis. Paper presented at 18th UISPP World Congress, Paris, June 4-9.

Goebel, T. (2016) Prehistory, Paleogenomics, and Paleoecology of Beringia: A New Synthesis. Invited keynote lecture presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association, Whitehorse, May 4-7.

Goebel, T. (2014) Modern Human Dispersal to Beringia and America. Invited lecture presented at the Mikulov Anthropology Symposium, Mikulov, Czech Republic, August 27-29.

Goebel, T. (2014) News on the Upper Paleolithic Settlement of Beringia. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Asian Paleolithic Association, Gonju, Korea, November 12-16.

Goebel, T. (2011) Dispersal of modern humans from Siberia to the Americas: do stones, bones, and genes tell the same story? Invited keynote lecture presented at Emergence and Diversity of Modern Human Behavior in Palaeolithic Asia Symposium, National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, Japan.

Creative Works

Archaeological research experience in Siberia and the Russian Far East, investigating the evolution of modern humans during the Ice Age.

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Lynch, J., and T. Goebel (2019) Doctoral Dissertation Research: Exploring the Function and Adaptive Context of Paleo-Arctic Projectile Points. Dissertation proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation, Archaeology and Arctic Social Science programs, $15,957.

Goebel, T. (2010) Early Humans on the Bering Land Bridge: A Proposal to Excavate the Fluted Point Locality near Serpentine Hot Springs, Seward Peninsula. National Science Foundation, Archaeology Program, $93,465.

Graf, K., and T. Goebel (2009) The Earliest Modern Human Siberians: Who were They? Who were Their Ancestors, and Who are Their Descendants? National Science Foundation, Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant, Arctic Social Sciences Program, $20,000.

Goebel, T. (2006) Workshop Proposal: Pleistocene Human Colonization of Arctic and Subarctic Siberia and Beringia. National Science Foundation, Arctic Social Sciences Program, $19,618.

Goebel, T., and M. R. Waters (2000) Ushki-1 and the Pleistocene peopling of America. National Science Foundation, Archaeology and Archaeometry Program, Washington D.C., $59,357.

Goebel, T. (1996) The Upper Paleolithic settlement of the Transbaikal, Siberia. National Science Foundation, Archaeology and Archaeometry Program, Washington D.C., $28,545.



Editor, PaleoAmerica, 2014-present.

Associate Editor, Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology, 2017-present. 


Society for American Archaeology

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society