Joseph A. Tiffany

Adjunct Research Associate


Ph.D. Anthropology (Archaeology), University of Wisconsin-Madison 1978
M.A. Anthropology (Archaeology), University of Wisconsin-Madison 1973
B.A. Anthropology with Honors, University of Iowa, 1971

Research interests: Midwest and Plains archaeology, settlement studies, environmental archaeology, ceramic analysis, museology.

Tiffany is the retired Executive Director of the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center and Professor emeritus of Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. Tiffany’s research focuses the archaeology of late prehistoric village farmers of the prairies and eastern plains. He has over 40 years’ experience in Midwest and Plains archaeology and over 150 publications. He has made numerous presentations and chaired symposia and sessions at regional and national conferences, and has served on the boards of many public and professional organizations, including the Plains Anthropological Society and the Council for Museum Anthropology. Tiffany has received several awards including the Keyes-Orr award from the Iowa Archeological Society (2003), Distinguished Service Award from the Plains Anthropological Society (2013), and the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Iowa Academy of Science (2014).