Dr. Willey and the General Custard Aware

P Willey receiving G.A. Custer Award from Richard Fox, inaugural recipient. February 2009, Vermillion, SD


Department of Anthropology

California State University, Chico

Chico, Ca 95929-0400

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Dr. Willey at Atapuerqua

Peruvian archaeologists, local San Carlos residents and US team members at entrance to Cueva Atumpampa, northern Peru. June 2007.


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Brief Biographical Sketch

Educational Summary

BA, with honors in Anthropology, Kansas University, Lawrence 1970
MA, Pennsylvania State University, State College 1973
PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 1982

Areas of Specialty

Physical anthropology with primary research interests in human skeletal remains and historical medical anthropology.

Author and co-author of more than 80 articles, chapters, monographs and books.

Recent publications include:


Willey, P.
Stature Estimation. In Soren Blau and Douglas H. Ubelaker (eds.) World Archaeological Congress Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology, Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA. Pages 236-245.


Willey, P., and Paulette Leach
The Skull on the Lawn: Trophies, Taphonomy, and Forensic Anthropology. To be republished in Dawnie Wolfe Steadman (editor) Hard Evidence: Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology. Second edition. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ. Printing anticipated 2009.


Willey, P., Patty Jo Watson, George Crothers, and Judy Stolen
Holocene Human Footprints in North America. Ichnos: An International Journal for Plant and Animal Traces 16(1-2):70-75.

Crothers, George, P. Willey and Patty Jo Watson
Cave Archaeology and the NSS: 1941-2006. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 69(1):27-34.

Scott, Douglas D., P. Willey, and Melissa A. Connor
They Died with Custer: Soldiers’ Bones from the Battle of the Little Bighorn. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. 432 pages. Red River Books edition published fall 2002.

Recent Professional Activities and Awards:

Inducted into Connective Tissue Hall of Fame. Twelfth inductee. 2006.

Schaller Endowment for South American Anthropology: Bioarchaeological Survey of Cueva Atumpampa, Peru. Summer 2007.

Leave for Academic Year 2008-09.

Nominee for International Biographical Centre’s Foremost Scientists of the World. Letter dated September 26, 2008.

George Armstrong Custer Award. University of South Dakota, Vermillion. Received February 13, 2009. Second recipient .

Recent Appearances:

“Digging for the Truth” Hour-long feature including cave archaeology in northern Peru, produced and televised by the History Channel. Cameo appearance. Premiered September 3, 2007.


Professional Activities:

Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Certificate 43. 1989-present.
Consultant, U.S. Armed Forces Identification Review Board and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command-Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii. 1997-present.                       

Morgue Supervisor and Senior Anthropologist, Mass Graves Team, Régime Crimes Liaison Office, U.S. Embassy, Iraq. Fall 2004.

Charter Member, Governing Board, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Defense’s Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology. Co-chair committees on stature estimation and sex assessment. 2007-present.


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