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Mark Golitko

Post Doc Research Scientist

Integrative Research Center

I am an anthropological archaeologist interested in prehistoric social structure, human-environment systems, and conflict, with primary focus on Pacific and European prehistory. I am a committed museum anthropologist, with interest in collections based research and the history of museums in anthropology and ethnology and over a decade of experience in museum collections research, management, outreach, and education. Methodologically, I specialize in the application of physical scientific methods to the study of archaeological material culture, network applications to archaeological research, quantitative methods, and Geographic Information Systems.

Additional Information


2010, Ph.D. (Anthropology), University of Illinois at Chicago

Dissertation: Warfare and Alliance Building during the Belgian Early Neolithic, late sixth Millennium BC

2002, M.A. (Anthropology), University of Illinois at Chicago

1999, B.S. (History, with distinction), University of Wisconsin-Madison


Prehistoric Western Pacific, Europe, conflict, social networks, archaeological chemistry

Grants & awards

Selected Grants and Awards:

2012, NSF Archaeology Research Grant “Archaeological and Environmental Investigations along the mid-Holocene shoreline near Aitape, northern Papua New Guinea

2011, UIC Outstanding Thesis Award in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

2006, Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant 2006-2007 “Chemical Characterization of Linienbandkeramik Ceramics from NE Belgium by ICP-MS



Selected Publications:

Golitko, M. (2015) LBK realpolitik: An archaeometric study of conflict and social structure in the Belgian early Neolithic. Archaeopress Archaeology Series. Archaeopress, Oxford.

Golitko, M., & L. Dussubieux (in press) Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). In The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis, edited by A. Hunt. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Golitko, M., & G.M. Feinman (2015) Procurement and distribution of Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican obsidian 900 BC – AD 1520: a social network analysis. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 22: 206-247.

Golitko, M., & J.E. Terrell (2012) Mapping Prehistoric Social Fields on the Sepik coast of Papua New Guinea: Ceramic Compositional Analysis using Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Archaeological Science 39(12): 3568-3580.

Golitko, M., J. Meierhoff, G.M. Feinman, & P.R. Williams (2012) Complexities of Collapse: the evidence of Maya obsidian as revealed by network graphical analysis. Antiquity 86(332): 507-523.

Golitko, M. & L.H. Keeley (2007) Beating Ploughshares back into Swords: Warfare in the Linearbandkeramik. Antiquity 81: 332-342.

Bonjean, D., Y. Vanbrabant, G. Abrams, S. Pirson, C. Burlet, K. Di Modica, M. Otte, J. Vander Auwera, M. Golitko, R. McMillan, & E. Goemaere (2015) A new Cambrian black pigment used during the Middle Palaeolithic discovered at Scladina Cave (Andenne, Belgium). Journal of Archaeological Science 55: 253-265.

Goemaere, E., J. Honings, C. Jungels, M. Golitko, P. Degryse, & J. Schneider (2013) Discerning geological and geographical sources of Belgian Upper Paleolithic fluorites by Rare Earth Elements and Sr-isotopic geochemistry. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(7): 2892-2901.

Sharratt, N., M. Golitko, P.R. Williams, & L. Dussubieux (2009) Ceramic Production during the Middle Horizon; Wari and Tiwanaku clay procurement in the Moquegua Valley, Peru. Geoarchaeology 24(6): 792-820.

Dussubieux, L., M. Golitko, P.R. Williams, & R.J. Speakman (2007) LA-ICP-MS Analysis applied to the Characterization of Peruvian Wari Ceramics. In Archaeological Chemistry: Analytical Technique and Archaeological Interpretation, edited by M. D. Glascock, R.J. Speakman, & R.S. Popelka-Filcoff, pp. 349-363. ACS Publication Series 968. American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.