Fort Smith High School
Allen McCartney

The following biography of Allen McCartney was taken from a page posted on the University of Arkansas website. A visit to will show a list of recent publications as well as other links of interest.

Professor McCartney is an Arkansas native; he received his BA degree in 1962 from the University of Arkansas. He earned his MA (1967) and Ph.D. (1971) degrees from the University of Wisconsin, where he specialized in northern archaeology. He began conducting archaeological fieldwork in Alaska in 1962, and has primarily worked in the Aleutian Islands and northwestern coastal Alaska. He conducted his dissertation research in the northwestern Hudson Bay coastal region at Thule Eskimo sites in 1968-1969, and has had an active interest in Canadian Arctic Thule culture since then.

For the past 25 years, Dr. McCartney's research has focused on bowhead whale utilization by prehistoric Eskimos, metal and other exotic material trade in the Arctic, maritime adaptations, and Alaskan prehistory (see Traditional Whaling in the Western Arctic He served on the Board of Governors of the Arctic Institute of North America (1977-1979), served as Editor of the journal Arctic Anthropology (published by the University of Wisconsin Press; 1981-1989; 1996-2000), and has been the recipient of several major research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Geographic Society. Dr. McCartney has authored or edited several monographs, and has published 60+ journal articles and chapters about his northern research. He presently serves as co-PI for an NSF funded project, "Western Arctic Whale Hunting Societies" (1996-2001).

Professor McCartney joined the faculty in 1970, served as the departmental Chair between 1978-1984, and was the Director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Environmental Dynamics (ENDY) from 1999-2001. Professor McCartney will retire after the Spring Semester of 2003.

Allen McCartney - 2004