Donald O. Henry

Don Henry

Professor of AnthropologyGraduate Advisor Harwell Hall 2nd Floor
(918) 631-2889

I am an archaeologist interested in prehistoric human ecology. That is, the influence of the environment on the composition of prehistoric cultures and how environmental change affects the tempo and trajectory of cultural evolution. Methodologically, I focus on the analysis of stone tools and paleoenvironmental evidence.

My geographic emphasis is the Near East with the Southern Plains of North America as a secondary area of interest. My most recent research interests include the excavation of a 60,000 year old rockshelter occupation, likely inhabited by Neanderthals, and the excavation of a 9,500 year old Early Neolithic settlement, both situated in southern Jordan.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • PhD Anthropology, Southern Methodist University
  • MA Anthropology, Southern Methodist University
  • BA Anthropology, Southern Methodist University

Previous Teaching Experience

  • The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
  • The University of Texas at Arlington

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Society for Archaeological Sciences
  • Paleoanthropology Society

Courses Taught at TU

  • Cultures Before History: Archaeology (ANTH 2053)
  • Geoarchaeology (ANTH 4223)
  • Seminar in the Design and Administration of Archaeological Research (ANTH 7113)
  • Analysis of Lithic Artifacts (ANTH 7213)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2004/07 National Science Foundation, “Investigation of Adaptation to the Arid Zone in the Early Neolithic”. $84,051.
  • 1998/01 National Science Foundation, “Investigation of Early Neolithic Adaptive Strategies in Southern Jordan.” $150,426.
  • 1997/98 National Geographic Society, "Prehistoric Survey of the Wadi Araba, Southern Jordan" $17,600.
  • 1997 Elected Fellow, Henry Kendall Society of Teaching Fellows, University of Tulsa.
  • 1995/96 National Science Foundation, “Grant in Support of Research Experience for Undergraduates”. $4,000.
  • 1995 National Science Foundation Research Grant - Supplemental, "Investigation of Levantine Mousterian Sites, Southern Jordan." $10,631.
  • 1993/95 National Science Foundation Research Grant, "Investigation of Levantine Mousterian Sites, Southern Jordan." $134,264.
  • 1991/92 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Professors, "Cultural History of Bedouin, Southern Jordan" $30,000.
  • 1988 National Geographic Society, "Excavation of Tor Hamar, southern Jordan." $9,000.
  • 1983 National Endowment of Humanities ACOR Research Fellowship, "Internal Diversity and Regional Comparisons of the Jordanian Paleolithic." $30,000.


  • The Natufian Culture
    In press The Natufian and the Younger Dryas. (Bar-Yosef, O. and F. Vallois, eds.). Ann Arbor: Monographs in Prehistory (2012).
  • In The Prehistory of Jordan
    In press. An overview of the research at the Early Neolithic site of Ayn Abu Nukhayla. In (Rollefson, G. and B. Finlayson, eds), Oxford. (2012)
  • The palimpsest problem, hearth pattern analysis, and Middle Paleolithic site structure
    The palimpsest problem, hearth pattern analysis, and Middle Paleolithic site structure Quaternary International 247:246-266. 2012
  • Late Levantine Mousterian Spatial Patterns at Landscape and Intrasite Scales in Southern Jordan
    Late Levantine Mousterian Spatial Patterns at Landscape and Intrasite Scales in outhern Jordan. The Lower and Middle Palaeolithic in the Middle East and Neighbouring Regions, Etudes et Recherches Archéologiques de l’Université de Liège (ERAUL) 126, 115-130, (Jean-Marie Le Tensorer, Reto Jagher & Marcel Otte eds.), Liege. 2011
  • Tracing Floors and Fills in Early Neolithic Pithouses:An Example from the Excavation of Ayn Abū Nukhayla, Southern Jordan
    (with S. Bergin and S. Kadowaki) In: Conard, N.J., R.H. Meadow, A. Morales, and P. Drechsler. Between Sand and Sea. The Archaeology and Human Ecology of Southwestern Asia. Festschrift in Honor of Hans-Peter Uerpmann. Pp. 91-112. Kerns Verlag: Tübingen. 2011
  • Domestic activities and spatial distributions at Ayn Abu Nukhayla (Wadi Rum, southern Jordan): Phytoliths and Spherulite studies
    2007 (with R.-M. Albert, M. Portillo). Quaternary International.
  • Time - space patterns observed in Pre-pottery Neolithic B point attributes from Ayn Abu Nukhayla
    2007 (with April Nowell). Journal of Eurasian Prehistory.
  • Searching for Neanderthals and finding ourselves
    2007 In Crossing Jordan. T. Levy et al. (eds). Equinox Publishing Company, London.
  • Cultural and geologic influences on prehistoric site distributions in the Wadi Arabah
    2006 In Crossing the Rift: Resources, Routes, Settlement Patterns, and Interaction in the Wadi Arabah. P. Bienkowski and K. Galor (eds.). Levant Supplement Series 3, Eisenbrauns Publishing.
  • Ayn Abu Nukhayla: Early Neolithic adaptation to the arid zone
    2005 Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society 35: 353-370.