Mark Golitko

Visiting Assistant Professor

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002
Ph.D., Ibid, 2010


I earned my B.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I studied physics, astronomy, mathematics, and medieval history. My research focuses on prehistoric conflict, social networks, human-environment systems, and the mechanisms that explain human bio-cultural diversity. For my dissertation research, I focused on how conflict impacted social structure during the earliest Neolithic period of northwestern Belgium (Linienbandkeramik culture, c. 5200-5000 BC). This work was recently published as a book (LBK realpolitik, Archaeopress, 2015). I currently conduct field and laboratory research focused in two world areas, Europe and the southwestern Pacific. With NSF funding, I am researching long-term human response to environmental change in the area around Aitape, northern Papua New Guinea, as well as how changes in human settlement and social networks may explain the high levels of human diversity currently found there. With colleagues from the US, Canada, and Hungary, I am currently involved in the BAKOTA project (, which explores social change during the Middle Bronze Age of eastern Hungary. This project is run as an NSF REU funded field school focused on the cemetery of Békés 103. I have published on the archaeology of Mesoamerica and South America, and have previously conducted archaeological and geological fieldwork in North America. Methodologically, I specialize in the application of physical scientific methods to the archaeological record, as well as social network analysis. I am also a Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History.

Recent publications:

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

Dussubieux, L., M. Golitko, & B. Gratuze (eds). (forthcoming) Recent Advances in Laser Ablation ICP-MS for Archaeology. Springer Verlag Natural Science in Archaeology series.

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.

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.

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., J.V. Dudgeon, H. Neff, & J.E. Terrell. (2012) Identification of Post-Depositional Chemical Alteration of Ceramics from the North Coast of New Guinea (Sandaun Province) by Time of Flight-Laser-Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (TOF-LA-ICP-MS). Archaeometry 54(1): 80-100.

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