Faculty/Staff Profiles

Thomas Jennings

Thomas Jennings

Limited Term Instructor

Phone: 678-839-6454 | Fax: 678-839-6466

Email:  tjenning@westga.edu

Office: Anthropology Building 8-A

Biography

Thomas A. Jennings is an archaeologist who received his M.A. from the University of Oklahoma and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He specializes in applying geoarchaeology, stone tool analysis, and quantitative methods to understand the Pleistocene peopling of the Americas. Currently, he is researching Paleoindian and Early Archaic hunter-gatherer responses to the end of the Ice Age and Younger Dryas climate change 15,000-10,000 years ago. His geographic expertise and ongoing research lies in the Great Plains, and he also has current research projects in the Southeastern Woodlands. He has experience excavating Paleoindian and Early Archaic sites in Alaska, Colorado, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Georgia and, most recently, Texas. He has published articles on this research in Science, American Antiquity, Journal of Archaeological Science, and PLoS One, and has co-authored or edited multiple books and book chapters.


Selected Publications

  • 2014 Jennings, Thomas A., and M.R. Waters. Pre-Clovis lithic technology at the Debra L. Friedkin site, Texas: comparisons to Clovis through site-level behavior, technological trait-list, and cladistic analyses. American Antiquity 79:25-44.
  • 2013 Jennings, Thomas A. The Hogeye Clovis cache, Texas: quantifying lithic reduction signatures. Journal of Archaeological Science 40:649-658.
  • 2013 Eren, M.I., T.A. Jennings, A.M. Smallwood. Paleoindian unifacial stone tool 'spurs': intended accessories or incidental accidents? PLoS One 8:e78419.
  • 2012 Jennings, Thomas A. Clovis, Folsom, and Midland components at the Debra L. Friedkin site, Texas: context, chronology, and assemblages. Journal of Archaeological Science 39:3239-3247.
  • 2011 Jennings, Thomas A. Experimental production of bending and radial flake fractures and implications for lithic technologies, Journal of Archaeological Science 38:3644-3651.

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • ANTH-1100 (Faces of Culture)    
    • ANTH-1102 (Intro to Anthropology)    
    • ANTH-4102 (Archaeological Field Research)