Andrzej Weber


Photograph of Andrzej Weber

Andrzej Weber is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta and Director of the Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project. His research interests  include archaeology of individual life histories; carbon, nitrogen, and strontium isotope analyses; mobility and migrations; diet; subsistence; population size and distribution; and mechanisms of cultural transmission. In Japan, he will be helping to organize and oversee archaeological excavations and field schools on Rebun Island and he will be involved in collection of  environmental samples for geochemical tests.


Phone: 780-492-0185

Alternate Phone: 780-492-9269 (BHAP office)

Fax: 780-492-5273


Department of Anthropology
13-15 H.M. Tory Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta


I am looking for new graduate students in the following areas:

  1. Application of the Darwinian evolutionary theory to middle Holocene hunter-gatherer archaeology of Northeast Asia
  2. Archeological science (e.g. bone chemistry, provenance studies etc.) 
  3. Public archaeology
  4. Virtual archaeology

Many new opportunities for graduate students will be created with research  equipment (total value of $2 million CAD) to be acquired through the Leaders Opportunity Fund, Canada Foundation of Innovation. The list of  new research tools  includes the following:

  • portable XRF analyzer and mass spectrometers
  • laser micro-drill
  • portable X-ray machines
  • ground penetrating radars
  • electromagnetic conductivity meter
  • lake drilling equipment
  • 3D digital scanners and scene digitizers
  • high- end digital SLR cameras
  • GPS total station
  • digital microscopes, and 
  • high-end graphics computer stations

This equipment will be purchased starting in spring 2012 to be used in the field in Japan and Russia as well as in our labs at the University of Alberta.

Bronk Ramsey C, Schulting RJ, Goriunova OI, Bazaliiskii VI. and Weber AW. 2014. Analyzing radiocarbon reservoir offsets through stable nitrogen isotopes and Bayesian modeling: A case study using paired human and faunal remains from the Cis-Baikal region, Siberia. Radiocarbon 56(2): 789-799.

Tarasov PE, White D and Weber AW. (Editors). 2013. The Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project: Environmental Archives, Proxies and Reconstruction Approaches. Quaternary International, Special Issue, Vol. 290-291, 1-358 (26 papers).

Weber AW and Zvelebil M. (Editors). 2013. Human bioarchaeology: group identity and individual life histories. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Special Issue Vol. 32(6) (7 papers).

Weber AW, Jordan P and Kato H. 2013. Environmental change and cultural dynamics of Holocene hunter-gatherers in Northeast Asia: Comparative analyses and research potentials in Cis-Baikal (Siberia) and Hokkaido (Japan). Quaternary International, Special Issue, Vol. 290-291: 3-20.

Weber AW and Goriunova OI. 2013. Hunter-gatherer migrations, mobility and social relations: A case study from the Bronze Age Baikal region, Siberia. In Human bioarchaeology: group identity and individual life histories, AW Weber and M Zvelebil (editors) Journal of Anthropological Archaeology Special Issue, Vol. 32(6):330-346.

Zvelebil M and Weber AW. 2013. Human bioarchaeology: group identity and individual life histories - Introduction. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Special Issue, Vol. 32(6): 275-279.

Bakail Hokkaido archaeology project