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Arleyn Simon

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Associate Research Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

Associate Research Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Center for Archaeology & Society Repository

SHESC Themes: Culture, Heritage and Identity

Field Specializations: Archaeology, Ceramic Technology, Quantitative Methods, Social Organization

Regional Focus: North America (Southwest)

Education

Ph.D., Arizona State University

Bio

Research:
Arleyn Simon has interests in the study of prehistoric social organization and craft production through technological and compositional analysis of ceramics and other artifacts; materials science; and quantitative methods. She currently directs the activities of the Archaeological Research Institute, including collection management and research projects. Previously, she was the laboratory director for the Roosevelt Platform Mound Study (1989-1998). She has directed field projects in the U.S. Southwest (Arizona) and Northern Plains (North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming). Simon is a faculty associate of the ASU Center for Solid State Science (CSSS) and the Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling (PRISM). She is a board member (and past president) of the Society for Archaeological Sciences.

Simon's research actively uses compositional and physical analysis of material artifacts, such as ceramics, stone tools and fine goods (turquoise and obsidian) for the purpose of identifying prehistoric exchange networks and production loci on both inter-regional and intra-regional scales using quantitative analysis. She is involved in interdisciplinary research using geology, chemistry and materials science. Most recently, she was a co-PI on an interdisciplinary multi-year NSF grant through PRISM for the development of an artifact digital archive and a visual query interface for shape-based search and classification purposes.

Research Projects:
Long-Term Coupled Socioecological Change in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico
Preserving the Petroglyphs of South Mountain Park

Publications

Simon, A. W., Van Alfen, D., Razdan, A., Farin, G., Bae, M. & Rowe, J. (2005). 3D modeling for analysis and archiving of ceramic vessel morphology: A case study from the American Southwest. In H. Kars & E. Burke (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd International Symposium on Archaeometry, April 22-26, 2002 (pp. 257-263). Geoarchaeological and bioarchaeological studies, volume 3. Amsterdam: Institute for Geo- and Bioarchaeology, Vrije Universiteit.

Kim, J., Simon, A. W., Ripoche, V., Mayer, J. W. & Wilkens, B. (2003). Proton-induced x-ray emission analysis of turquoise artifacts from Salado platform mound sites in the Tonto Basin of central Arizona. Measurement Science and Technology, 14, 1579-1589.

Simon, A. W. & Gosser, D. C. (2001). Conflict and exchange among the Salado of Tonto Basin: Warfare motivation or alleviation? In G. E. Rice & S. LeBlanc (Eds.), Deadly landscapes: Case studies on prehistoric Southwest warfare (pp. 219-238). Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.

Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 572Museum Collection Management
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 580Practicum
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 591Seminar
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 572Museum Collection Management
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 572Museum Collection Management
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 591Seminar
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • Arleyn W. Simon. Competition and Conflict: A Reassessment of the Role of Warfare among Salado Platform Mound Communities in Central Arizona. Society for American Archaeology, 79th Annual Meeting (Apr 2014).
  • Arleyn Simon. Managing Archaeological Information: the Central Arizona Project Legacy & Current Efforts (Panel discussion). Arizona Historic Preservation Conference (Jun 2013).
  • Arleyn W. Simon. Archaeological Discoveries on the ASU Campus: History, Heritage, and Diverse Communities. Arizona Centennial Conference (Apr 2012).
  • Arleyn W. Simon. The Current and Future Status of Ceramic Studies, Part III (Invited Discussant), in Symposium: Ceramic Ecology 25: Current Research on Ceramics 2011. American Anthropological Association (Nov 2011).
  • Arleyn W. Simon. An Overview of the BLM – ASU DVRAC Rock Art Recording Partnership: The Baby Canyon Surveys And The Perry Tank Canyon Project. Perry Mesa Symposium (Sep 2011).
  • Arleyn W. Simon, Destiny L. Crider, Tatsuya Murakami, Barry Wilkens. Provenance studies of turquoise artifacts from central Arizona Salado Sites and comparison to regional sources using PIXE and XRD. Technology and Provenance I (stone, pigments, and plaster), 38th International Symposium on Archaeom (May 2010).
  • Simon, Arleyn W., Jennifer K. Huang, and Tina Carpenter. Demarcation of the Landscape; Rock Art Evidence for Alliance, Conflict, and Subsistence at Perry Mesa, Arizona. Society for American Archaeology, Thursday, April 15, 2011, St. Louis, MO (Apr 2010).
  • Ossa, Alanna, Simon, Arleyn. Developing a Database Pedagogy for Archaeology. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) (Apr 2006).
  • Simon, Arleyn, Swanson, Steve, Crider, Destiny. EVIDENCE FOR PREHISTORIC AGAVE FERMENTATION IN THE GREATER SOUTHWEST. Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Annual Meeting (Apr 2006).
  • Simon, Arleyn, Van Alfen, David, Farin, Gerald, Razdan, Anshuman, Collins, Dan, Rowe, Jeremy. ADVANCES IN DIGITAL LIBRARIES FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL CERAMIC COLLECTIONS USING 2D AND 3D DATA. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) (Apr 2006).
  • Simon, Arleyn, Indruszewski, George, Lübke, Christian, Farin, Gerald, Razdan, Anshuman, Rowe, Jeremy. Ceramic Technologies Digital Library: A Classificatory Digital Library for Germania-Slavica. Internationale Tagung "Kulturelles Erbe und Neue Technologien", Workshop 10 "Archäologie & Computer" (Nov 2005).
  • Simon, Arleyn, Van Alfen, David, Razdan, Anshuman, Farin, Gerald, Femiani, John. Shape Classification of Salado Ceramic Vessels: Modeling and Morphological Analysis. 70th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology (Mar 2005).
Service
  • Barry M. Goldwater Center for Science and Engineering Steering Committee, member (2006 - 2006)
  • LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science, committee member (2006 - 2006)
  • SHESC Museum Committee, member (2006 - 2006)
  • Center for Solid State Science, Science Advisory Committee, member (2006 - 2006)
  • SHESC Research Support Committee, member (2006 - 2006)
  • SHESC Museum Studies Committee, member (2005 - 2006)
  • SEE ASU, Public Outreach (2005 - 2005)
  • Mellon grant sponsored Planning Workshops on Center for Digital Archaeology, Invited Participant (2004 - 2004)
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