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Bob Pickering PhD

Professor of Anthropology Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
Anthropology
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Biography

Bob Pickering, Ph.D. is the founding director of the new master’s degree program in Museum Science and Management and the senior curator at the Gilcrease Museum. Over his 30-year career, Pickering has filled many roles in some of America’s finest museums, including the Field Museum of Natural History, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. As an educator, curator and administrator, he brings broad experience to his new role as director of the MSM program.


Ph.D., Northwestern University
M.A., Southern Illinois University
B.A., Southern Illinois University


Mortuary Behavior Studies, especially in Western Mexico,
American bison

Museum Science & Management
Museum Administration & Management
Grant Writing
Ancient West Mexico
Forensic/physical Anthropology


The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Books


The Use of Forensic Anthropology. Second Edition. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton.

Tankersley, K. and R. B. Pickering 2006 Sitting Bull’s Pipe: Separating Myth from History. Tatanka Press, Wyk, Germany.

Pickering, Robert, and M.T. Cabrero. Mortuary Practices in the Shaft-Tomb Region. Pp. 71-88, Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past. Ed. Richard Townsend. The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998. Print.

Pickering, Robert, and D.C. Bachman. The Use of Forensic Anthropology. CRC Press, 1996. Print.

Pickering, Robert. People of Ancient North America. (Non Fiction for Adolescent Readers) . Millbrook Press, 1995. Print.

Pickering, Robert. I Can Be An Archaeologist (Non Fiction Volume for Young Readers). The Children’s Press, 1987. Print.

Book Chapters


Pickering, Robert. “Introduction to the 2012 Reprint Edition.” The American Bisons, Living and Extinct (1876). By Joel Asaph Allen. Gustav’s Library, 2013. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Searching for the Stories Behind the Medals.” Peace Medals: Negotiating Power in Early America. Gilcrease Museum, 2011. 1–7. Print.

“A Brief Review of Bison History”, The Bison Producers’ Handbook. Pp.1-13, The National Bison Association & The Canadian Bison Association, Denver.

“Museum collecting and collections”. Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences. Third Edition, Marcia J. Bates & Mary Niles Maack (eds.), Taylor & Francis Group.

“Historical and archaeological museums”. Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences. Third Edition, Marcia J. Bates & Mary Niles Maack (eds.), Taylor & Francis Group.

Cuevas, E., and Robert Pickering. “Caracterización De Manchas De Manganeso En Artefactos Prehispánicosdel Occidente De México.” El Antiguo Occidente De México: Nuevas Perspectivas Sobre El Pasado Prehispánico. Ed. Eduardo Williams et al. El Colegio de Michoacán, 2005. 125–143. Print.

Pickering, Robert, and E. Anderson. “A Short Review of Bison Natural History and Human Interaction.” Bison Breeder’s Handbook. National Bison Association, 1993. 9–16. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Identifying American War Dead from Southeast Asia.” Anthropology: Understanding Human Adaptation. Harper Collins Publisher, 1992. 173–175. Print.

Holien, T., and Robert Pickering. “Analogues in Classic Period Chalchihuites Culture to Late Mesoamerican Ceremonialism.” Middle Classic Mesoamerica: A.D. 400-700. Ed. E. Pasztory. Columbia University Press, 1978. 145–157. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “A Preliminary Report on the Osteological Remains from Alta Vista, Zacatecas.” The Archaeology of West Mexico. Ed. B. Bell. West Mexican Society for Advanced Study, 1974. 240–248. Print.

Book Reviews


Pickering, Robert. “Review of Comingled and Disarticluated Human Remains: Working toward Improved Theory, Method and Data. Anna J. Osterholtz, Kathryn M. Baustian and Debra L. Martin, Eds. New York: Springer, 2014, 285 Pp.” 2014: 443–444. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of Mexico’s Indigenous Communities: Their Lands and Histories, 1500-2010. By Medrano, Ethelia Ruiz (Translated by Russ Davidson), 2010, University Press of Colorado, i-Xvi, 338 Pp. ISBN 978-1-60732-016-6.” 2013: n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of Uprising! Woody Crumbo’s Indian Art. By Robert Perry, Chickasaw Press, 2009.317 Pp., HB.” 2010: 322. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of Hunting and Trading on the Great Plains, 1859-1875 by James R. Mead. Edited by Schuyler Jones Rowfant Press, 2008), Pp. 276, Pb.” 2009: n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of Frontiers in Colorado Paleoindian Archaeology: From the Dent Site to the Rocky Mountains. Robert H. Brunswig & Bonnie L. Pitblado (Eds.), (University of Colorado Press, 2007), 364 Pp. .” 2009: n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of Pueblos, Spaniards and the Kingdom of New Mexico. By John L. Kessell (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008), 225 Pp., HB.” 2009: n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of Plains Village Archaeology: Bison-Hunting Farmers in the Central and Northern Plains. By Stanley A. Ahler and Marvin Kay (Eds.), University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, Pp. 320.,HB.” 2008: 77. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of William F. Cody’s Wyoming Empire: the Buffalo Bill Nobody Knows by Robert E. Bonner (University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2007),318 Pp, HB.” 2008: 39. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of The Allen Site: A Paleoindian Camp in Southwestern Nebraska. By Douglas B. Bamforth, (Ed.), (University of New Mexico Press, 2007), 284 Pp.” 2008: n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of No Settlement, No Conquest: A History of the Coronado Entrada. By Richard Flint, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2008, 247 Pp, and Maps, Appendices, Notes, Glossary References & Index, BH.” 2008: 85, 87. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of Mimbres Society, 2006, Edited by Valli S. Powell-Marti and Patricia A. Gilman, University of Arizona Press, Tucson.” 2007: 116. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of William F. Cody’s Wyoming Empire: the Buffalo Bill Nobody Knows by Robert E. Bonner (University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2007) 318 Pp., HB.” 2007: n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of Indian Peace Medals and Related Items: Collecting the Symbols of Peace and Friendship. Rita Laws. Online Only, Harrah, OK.” 2006: 3–4. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of Karl Bodmer’s North American Prints. by Brandon K. Ruus, Ed. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004), 382 Pp.” 2005: 111. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of To Save the Wild Bison: Life on the Edge in Yellowstone. Mary Ann Franke, University of Oklahoma Press. 2005.” 2005: 24. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of To Save the Wild Bison: Life on the Edge in Yellowstone. Mary Ann Franke, University of Oklahoma Press. 2005.” 2005: 31–32. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of The Extermination of the American Bison. by William Temple Hornaday with a New Introduction by Hanna Ross Shell and a New Forward by John Mack Faragher, 2002, Smithsonian Press.” 2003: n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of American Bison: A Natural History. Dale F. Lott, University of California Press, Berkeley.” 2003: n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of The Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History. Andrew C. Isenberg.” 2001: 55. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of Bison Hunting at Cooper Site. Leland C. Bement. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.” 1999: n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of Bone Voyage: A Journey in Forensic Anthropology. Stanley Rhine. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.” 1999: 148–150. Print.

Pickering, Robert, and R Goss. “Review of Bibliography of the Genus Bison (H. Smith, 1827) (until 1950).” Bison World 1995: 25. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Review of Bison: Distant Thunder.” 1995: 25. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Ancient Disease in the Midwest: A Review.” 1980: 11–12. Print.

Journal Articles


Pickering, R.B. and Cheryl Smallwood-Roberts 2013 The Visual Guide to Occidente Shaft Tomb Ceramic Figures. Gilcrease Museum.

Pickering, R.B. and Cheryl Smallwood-Roberts 2013 “Old figures, new ways of seeing”. Gilcrease Journal: 13, pp. 7-25. (cover article)

“Japonisme and the West” The Gilcrease Journal. XVIV:1, Pp. 44-63.

“C.M. Russell’s Illustrated Colt” True West, 57:10, Pp. 31-33.

Pickering, Robert. “Reading Evidence.” DIG 10.8 (2008): 27–29. Print.

“Introduction: Borderlands and the Southwest”, Borderlands and the Southwest. An issue of the Journal of the West, 47:3, Pp 8-9.

“Bison Along the Southern Borderlands.” Bison World, the journal of the National Bison Association.334:1, pp. 28-29.

Benfield, J. A., R. D. Jakubowski, W. J. Szlemko, R. J. Loomis, J. Winchester, R. Pickering 2008 “An ‘Honest Visionary’ and ‘Dishonest Scallywag’: Blending Fact, Opinion, and Interest into a Front-End Evaluation”. Visitor Studies, 11:1, Pp. 55 – 72

Pickering, Robert. “A New Gallery, John Bunker Sands: Seeking the Sublime.” Buffalo Bill Historical Center & the Rosewood Foundation (2007): 9. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “The Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming.” Journal of the West (Museums on the American West issue) 46.1 (2007): 22–25. Print.

Pestle, W. et al. “Skeletal Biology and Mortuary Practice at the Kubinski Site (11WI1186), a Middle Woodland Ossuary.” Illinois Archaeology 19 (2007): 47–84. Print.

Fowler, W.R., C. Beekman, and Robert Pickering. “Introduction.” Ancient Mesoamerica 17.2 (2006): 231–233. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Where the Buffalo Roam .” Journal of the West 45.2 (2006): 7–14. Print.

Pickering, Robert, and C. Beekman. “A Personal Homenaje to Phil Weigand.” Ancient Mesoamerica 17.2 (2006): 235–237. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Bison in the West: Introduction.” Journal of the West 45.2 (2006): 6. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Proctor’s Bison.” Bison World, the journal of the National Bison Association 29.3 (2004): 26, 31. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Buffalo Coins in History.” Bison World, the journal of the National Bison Association 30.4 (2004): 45–6. Print.

Pickering, Robert, and E. Cuevas. “Las Cerámicas Antiques De La Región Mexicana De Occidente.” Investigacion y Ciencia December (2003): 70–78. Print.

Cuevas, E., and Robert Pickering. “The Ancient Ceramics of West Mexico (Cover Article).” American Scientist 91.3 (2003): 242–249. Print.

Preston, C.R., J. Jones, and Robert Pickering. “Assessing and Integrating Diverse Front-End Perspectives for the First Natural History Museum Created in the 21st Century.” Informal Learning Review 57 (2002): 1, 6–8. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Buffalo Bill Historical Center: Crown Jewel of the American West.” Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association 26.2 (2001): 52–53. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Frontier Justice: Past and Present, Points West.” Points West Spring (2001): 4–7. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “A Short Review of Bison History.” Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association 25.1 (2001): 12–17. Print.

Howe, S. et al. “Testing for Toxicity: Examining Native Artifacts at the Denver Museum of Natural History.” Common Ground Fall (1999): 28. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Archaeology, Insects and Establishing Authenticity of West Mexican Figurines.” Museuem Quarterly Summer (1998): 16–17. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Gumshoes Among Us: Museum Scientists Serve the Community Through Forensics.” Museum Quarterly 6.4 (1997): 16. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “White Medicine: The Story of the White Buffalo Continues.” Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association 22.4 (1997): 73. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Discovering the Occidente.” Archaeology Nov-Dec. (1997): 42–46. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Maggots, Graves, and Scholars.” Archaeology Nov-Dec. (1997): 46–47. Print.

Day, J.S., K. Butterwick, and Robert Pickering. “Archaeological Interpretations of West Mexican Ceramic Art from the Late PreClassic Period: Three Figurine Project.” Ancient Mesoamerica 7.1 (1996): 149–162. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “New Research on White, Pied & Black Bison.” National Bison Association 24.122 (1995): 19, 22. Print.

Pickering, Robert, and R. Jantz. “Looking Again Before Repatriating (Backfill Guest Editorial).” Federal Archaeology 7.3 (1995): 44. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “The Great White Buffalo.” Museum Quarterly February (1995): n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Tooling Along: Pebble Tool Made at the Dawn of Humanity Completes Prehistoric Journey.” Museum Quarterly 4.4 (1995): 16. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “White Buffalo - How Rare Are They?” Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association 21.119 (1995): 31–32, 37. Print.

Pickering, Robert, and M. Foster. “A Survey of Prehistoric Disease, Malnutrition and Trauma in Northwest, Mexico.” Proceedings of the Denver Museum of Natural History Series 3.Number 7 (1994): n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Seeing the White Buffalo.” Bison World, the Journal of the National Bison Association 20.118 (1994): 24–25, 35. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “The High-Tech Science of Mummies.” Museum Quarterly 2.1 (1993): 1–5. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Comparative Functional Osteology for Young Audiences.” The Docent Educator 1.4 (1992): 4–5. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Yapese Mortuary Behavior: An Ethno Archaeological Perspective.” Micronesica Supplement No. 2 (1990): 153–170. Print.

Pickering, Robert et al. “Three Dimensional Computer Tomography of the Mummy Wenu Hotep.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 83 (1990): 49–55. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Population Differences in the Calcaneus as Determined by Discriminant Function Analysis.” Ed. K.J. Reichs. Forensic Osteology (1986): 160–170. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Human Osteological Remains from Alta Vista, Zacatecas: An Analysis of the Isolated Bones.” Ed. M.S. Foster and P.C. Weigand. The Archaeology of West and Northwest Mexico (1985): 289–325. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Adult Education Update.” Bulletin of the Field Museum of Natural History 55.10 (1984): 7–9. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Adult Education Program.” Bulletin of the Field Museum of Natural History 55.3 (1984): 24–26. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Hunter Gatherer/Agriculturalist Arthritis Patterns: A Preliminary Report.” Arthritis, Modern and Ancient 27.1 (1979): 50–53. Print.

Conference Proceedings


Pickering, Robert. “Techniques for Recovering Skeletalized Human Remains.” Fourth Indo Pacific Congress on Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Bangkok Thailand, 1992. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Biological Characteristics Determined by Skeletal Analysis.” Fourth Indo Pacific Congress on Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Bangkok, Thailand, 1992. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “A Protocol for Collecting Data from Human Remains.” Fourth Indo Pacific Congress on Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Bangkok, Thailand, 1992. Print.

Magazine/Trade Publications


“Buffalo Callers” DIG, 13:6, pp. 13-16.

“Fancy Pottery”. DIG, 12:7, Pp. 14-15.

“More than a prop: Charlie Russell’s Frontier Six Shooter”. The Rampant Colt. 30:2, Pp. 9-11. (cover article)

“Charles M. Russell und sein Colt-Revovler Kaliber .45.” Magazin für Amerikanistik.3:3, Pp. 5-8.

“A Remarkable Find”. DIG, 10:5, P. 12.

2008 “Whose Skull?”. DIG, 10:5, Pp. 26-27.

Pickering, Robert. “A Fly on the Wall.” 2007: 17–19. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “A Mexican ‘Who’s Who.’” 2007: 24–25. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Deadly Traditions.” 2007: 20. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Stone Money.” 2007: 26–28. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Talking Tomb Companions.” 2007: 16. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “What the CT Slices Reveal.” 2006: 24–25. Print.

Tankersley, K., and Robert Pickering. “Sitting Bulls Pfeife – Neue Erkenntnisse: Die Pfeife Sitting Bulls Und Ihre Geschichte (2).” 2005: 4–9. Print.

Tankersley, K., and Robert Pickering. “Sitting Bulls Pfeife – Neue Erkenntnisse: Die Pfeife Sitting Bulls Und Ihre Geschichte (1).” 2005: 4–9. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Der ‘Freie Fall’ – Indianische Bisonjagd Künstlerisch Dargestellt.” 2004: 48–50. Print.

Pickering, R.B. “Der Weiße Büffel – Die Geburt Von Miracle.” 2004: 16–19. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Les Céramiques Anciennes Du Mexique Occidental.” 2004: 76–82. Print.

Others


Jakubowski, R.D. et al. “Investigating Visitor Need for Sensory Experience and Need for Cognition in a Temporary Exhibit.” Visitor Studies Association e-Newsletter March (2007): n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Seeing the White Buffalo.” DMNH Press and Johnson Books (1997): n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Pig Skulls, Yam Masks and American Children: Do Children Get the Message from Ethnographic Exhibits?” Proceedings of the 90th. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (1991): n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “The Role of Ethnographic Collections in Children's Museums.” Proceedings of the American Association of Museums, Chicago (1990): n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Cultural Awareness in Tomorrow's Adults: The Collecting Strategy at The Children's Museum.” Proceedings of the American Anthropological Association, Phoenix (1988): n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Patterns of Degenerative Joint Disease in Middle Woodland, Late Woodland, and Mississippian Skeletal Series from the Lower Illinois Valley.” Northwestern University (1984): n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert, and A Berkson. “Test Excavation at the Butler Mound, Oak Brook, Illinois. Archaeological Report 82 NI 4, Center for American Archaeology, Evanston, IL.” (1982): n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert, and A Berkson. “Contemporary Yapese Funerary Practices. Archaeological and Ethnographic Investigations, Alignment 5B, Airport Historical Area, Yap, Western Caroline Islands. Vol.1, Pp. 35-96, Submitted to the Historic Preservation Office, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Saipan.” (1980): n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “A Report on the Excavation of Three Japanese Grave Monuments on the Island of Yap. Archaeological and Ethnographic Investigations, Alignment 5B, Airport Historical Area, Yap, Western Caroline Islands. Vol. II, Pp. 286-315, Submitted to the Historic Preservation Office, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Saipan.” (1980): n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Excavation of Three Graves from Site 45SW:1, Yap Island. Archaeological and Ethnographic Investigations, Alignment 5B, Airport Historical Area, Yap, Western Caroline Islands Vol. II, Pp. 261-285, Submitted to the Historic Preservation Office, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Saipan.” (1980): n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Preliminary Report on Human Osteological Remains from Alta Vista, Chalchihuites. Related Studies Carried Out at the Archaeological Site of Alta Vista (LCBJ3 1) Chalchihuites, Zacatecas and in Adjacent Areas, March, June 30, 1974. Report Submitted to I.N.A.H., Mexico.” (1974): n. pag. Print.

Pickering, Robert. “Osteological Analysis of the Human Remains from Alta Vista Site, Zacatecas.” Southern Illinois University (1973): n. pag. Print.

Regular Column in Journal or Newspaper


Pickering, Robert. “Bisonabilia, a Regular Feature on Bison Cultural Heritage (6 Columns/Yr.).” 2000: n. pag. Print.


Society for American Archaeology
Oklahoma Museums Association
Council for Museum Anthropology
Chicago Archaeological Society
Chicago Anthropological Society
American Association of Physical Anthropologists
American Association of Museums
American Academy of Forensic Sciences - Fellow
Sigma Xi


ANTH 3023 Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 7983 Thesis
ANTH 7993 Independent Research
MSM 7023 Museum Administration and Management
MSM 7063 Grant Writing for Museums
MSM 7073 Museum Collections/Data Management
MSM 7441 Museum Internship
MSM 7863 Special Topics