William Green

Adjunct Research Associate
Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA #11365)

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987
M.A. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1977
B.A. Anthropology, Grinnell College, 1974

Research interests: North American archaeology, ethnohistory, ethnology; paleoethnobotany and early agriculture; historical cartography

Bill arrived at OSA in 1987 and served as State Archaeologist from 1988-2001. Prior to that, he worked in the Wisconsin Historical Society’s historic preservation division and Western Illinois University’s archaeological research lab. At OSA, Bill directed numerous research, service, and educational programs statewide. OSA greatly expanded its capacity, staffing, and programming under his leadership. His specialization in paleoethnobotany led to significant advances in understanding ancient agriculture in Iowa. Bill also mentored students and taught regularly in the University of Iowa’s anthropology department. From 2001 through 2018, Bill served as the Director of the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College, where he also taught anthropology and chaired the college’s museum studies program. His publications have appeared in national, regional, and state archaeological journals. Now retired, he retains Emeritus status at Beloit as well as an Adjunct Research Associate position at OSA. He continues to research and write about Iowa archaeology. He has received the Iowa Archeological Society’s Keyes-Orr Award and the Wisconsin Archeological Society’s Increase A. Lapham Research Medal. Personal website: https://beloit.academia.edu/WilliamGreen