Profile for Heather Walder

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Specialty area(s)

Great Lakes and Wisconsin archaeology, archaeometry, collaborative research, colonialism, experimental archaeology and technology studies

Brief biography

Current courses at UWL

ARC 200: World Archaeology

FYS 100: Ancient Mysteries, Modern Controversies - Pseudoscience and Archaeology

ESC 101 (labs): Earth Environments


Ph.D. 2015, Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. 2009, Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. 2007, Anthropology, Classical Languages, and English Literature, Marquette University

Teaching history

2019-present and 2013-2016; Lecturer and previously Associate Lecturer, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

2017-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University

2016-2017 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University

Professional history

2019-present: International Collaborator, Groupe de Recherche en Archéométrie de l'Université Laval
2018-present: Research Associate, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois
2015-2020: Honorary Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research and publishing

Heather Walder (February 2022 In Press). Seeking Indigenous Trade Networks of the Midcontinent through Glass Beads from La Belle(41 MG 86). In Unearthing Indigenous Presence: Critical Perspectives on the Archaeology of Post-1492 North America. Edited by Tsim D. Schneider and Lee M. Panich. University Press of Florida.

Heather Walder and Stéphane Noël (2021) Compositional Analysis of Glass Beads from Huron-Wendat Contexts at the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Mission Site, Quebec. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 45(2) pages forthcoming.

Heather Walder (2021) Searching for Evidence of Protohistoric and Early Colonial Encounters in Wisconsin. In Historical Archeology of Wisconsin, a peer-reviewed summary volume (co-edited by Walder, Constance Arzigian, Jon Van Beckum, and Addison Kimmel) for The Wisconsin Archeologist. Fall 2021.

Heather Walder, John L. Creese, Katrina Phillips, Marvin Defoe (2022, Under Review). Community Engaged Archaeology in Red Cliff, Wisconsin. In Post-Contact Archaeology of the Great Lakes Region, Edited by Sarah Surface-Evans and Misty Jackson, University of Alabama Press (forthcoming edited volume)

Heather Walder, Joseph A. Petrus, Laure Dussubieux, Ronald G. V. Hancock, and Alicia L. Hawkins (2021) Comparing Chemistries: Inter-laboratory Evaluation of Glass Bead Compositional Research in the Great Lakes Archaeometry forthcoming issue, online Early View at

Heather Walder and Alexander Woods (2020) Archaeological Traces of a Removal-Era Site with a Possible Ho-Chunk Affiliation in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Archeologist 101(1 & 2):139–158.

Susan M. Kooiman and Heather Walder (2019) Reconsidering the Chronology: Carbonized Food Residue AMS Dates and Compositional Analysis of a Curated Collection from the Upper Great Lakes. American Antiquity 84(3):495-515.

Heather Walder (2019). “Picking up the Pieces: Intercultural Interaction in the Great Lakes Region Examined through Copper-base Metal Artifacts.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 23:316-342.

Walder, Heather (2018). “Small Beads, Big Picture: Assessing Chronology, Exchange, and Population Movement through Compositional Analyses of Blue Glass Beads from the Upper Great Lakes.” Historical Archaeology 52(2):301-331

Walder, Heather (2018). “Inscription Carving Technology of Early Historic South Asia. Results of Experimental Archaeology and Assessment of Minor Rock Edicts in Karnataka.” In Walking with the Unicorn Social Organization and Material Culture in Ancient South Asia, Edited by Dennys Frenez, Gregg M. Jamison, Randall W. Law, Massimo Vidale and Richard H. Meadow, pp. 605-622. Archaeopress Publishing Ltd., Oxford.

Heather Walder and Kaleigh Perry (2018). “Analysis of Copper-Base Metal Artifacts from Upper Michigan: A Student-Centered Research Project.” The Wisconsin Archeologist 99(1):177-194.

Heather Walder and Jessica Yann (2018). “Resilience and Survivance: Frameworks for Discussing Intercultural Interactions.” Introduction to Encounters, Exchange, Entanglement: Intercultural Interactions throughout the Western Great Lakes. Edited by Heather Walder and Jessica Yann, pp. 1-18. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology Occasional Papers, Volume 2.

John Creese and Heather Walder (2018). “From Wendake to Chequamegon: Bridging the Wendat Diaspora in Quimby’s Early Historic Period.” In Encounters, Exchange, Entanglement: Intercultural Interactions throughout the Western Great Lakes. Edited by Heather Walder and Jessica Yann, pp. 33-54. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology Occasional Papers, Volume 2.

Paquette, James R. and Heather Walder (2017). “Glass Trade Beads from the Goose Lake Outlet #3 Site (20MQ140), Marquette County, Michigan.” Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 42 (2):137-167.

Schultz, Sarah and Heather Walder (2016). “Technologies of Refired Glass Pendant Production: Experimental Replication Results.” The Wisconsin Archeologist 97(2):29-48.

Dussubieux, Laure and Heather Walder (2015). “Identifying American Native and European Smelted Coppers with pXRF: A Case Study of Artifacts from the Upper Great Lakes Region.” Journal of Archaeological Science 59:169-178.

Walder, Heather, Yolona Ngandali, and Jeffery Behm (2015). “Revising the Community Plan of the Bell Site (47 WN 009): Processes and Outcomes of GIS Spatial Analyses.” The Wisconsin Archeologist 96 (1): 5-26.



Heather Walder, Archaeology & Anthropology, co-authored the article "Comparing Chemistries: Inter-Laboratory Evaluation of Glass Bead Compositional Research in the Great Lakes Region" in the journal Archaeometry published on April 20 by the University of Oxford. The research is an international collaboration and a methodological advancement that will facilitate inter-regional comparisons of archaeological datasets to examine large-scale questions about interaction and exchange.

Submitted on: June 8



Heather Walder, Archaeology & Anthropology, designed and organized a virtual workshop with the Chicago Field Museum for "global scholarship on glass bead compositional analyses" on Nov. 14 in Chicago, IL. The workshop brought together archaeologists from around the world to discuss and peer-review chapters in preparation for an edited volume, to be published by Leuven University Press in 2021.

Submitted on: Nov. 23, 2020



Heather Walder, Archaeology & Anthropology was interviewed by Driftless Community Radio on WDRT 91.1FM on Oct. 23, 2019. She discussed collaborative, community-based archaeology and the topic of decolonization on the weekly "Conversations" program.

Submitted on: Oct. 24, 2019



Heather Walder, Archaeology & Anthropology, and Susan Kooiman, SIU-Edwardsville, co-authored the article "Reconsidering the Chronology: Carbonized Food Residue, Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Dates, and Compositional Analysis of a Curated Collection from the Upper Great Lakes" in "American Antiquity" published on June 9, 2019 by the Society for American Archaeology. This research applied innovative methodological approaches to an existing artifact collection to better understand human interactions and migrations over the past seven hundred years in the Upper Great Lakes region of North America

Submitted on: June 10, 2019