Bill Whittaker, Ph.D., R.P.A., is Research Director at the Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He is editor of the Journal of the Iowa Archeological Society and has published in several journals, including Historical Archaeology, Plains Anthropologist, Geoarchaeology, Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology, Journal of the Iowa Archaeological Society, Archéolozoologia, and North American Archaeologist. He is co-author and editor of two books, Frontier Forts of Iowa: Indians, Traders, and Soldiers, 1682–1862 (University of Iowa Press, 2009) and The Archaeological Guide to Iowa (University of Iowa Press, 2015).
His research interests include ground-penetrating radar, zooarchaeology, the history and archaeology of frontier forts, and the Late Archaic, Late Woodland, and early historical periods.