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About Robert Z. Selden Jr.

I am an avid outdoor enthusiast and researcher of material culture and history—to include the history of material culture. I found a passion for anthropology during my time and travels in the US Marine Corps, where I witnessed the influence that cultural differences can have in crafting meaningful solutions to complex social problems.

My work is generally focused upon museum and repository studies, where I use archaeological methods and digital technology to test and refine hypotheses associated with human history and the story of our shared past. The majority of my current research is aimed at better understanding the morphological variation that occurs in the archaeological record, particularly where the shape of those objects made by ancestral human populations changes across specific temporal and spatial boundaries.

In addition to my studies of material culture shape, I use machine learning and artificial intelligence methods to aid in predicting where archaeological sites may occur, helping land managers and researchers to make informed decisions regarding current and future ground disturbing and prospection projects. These research domains provide novel insights into prehistoric site selection choices and the morphological changes to human toolkits that accompany site selection choice during the transition from a mobile hunter-gatherer economy to one of increasing sedentism associated with horticulturalist and agriculturalist populations.


2013 - Present Research Associate, Stephen F. Austin State University ‐ Heritage Research Center

Research Interests

Archaeology, 3D Modeling, Ceramic Analysis, GIS, Network Analysis, and Geometric Morphometrics

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present Managing Editor, Index of Texas Archaeology
2010 - Present Government Affairs Committee, Council of Texas Archeologists
2017 - 2019 Texas Representative, Caddo Conference Organization
2014 - 2018 Anthropolgy Section Chair, Texas Academy of Science
2015 - 2017 Editor, Bulletin of the Texas Archeological Society
2015 - 2017 Editor, CRHR Research Reports
2015 - 2017 Publications Policy Committee Chair, Texas Archeological Society
2015 - 2017 Ethics Committee, Texas Archeological Society
2013 - 2017 Executive Committee/Board of Directors, Texas Archeological Society
2010 - 2014 Education Committee, Texas Archeological Society
2010 - 2014 Academy Committee, Texas Archeological Society
2012 - 2013 Listserv Specialist, Archaeological Legacy Institute
2011 - 2011 Volunteer (Archaeology), Department of Defense
2007 - 2007 Volunteer (Archaeology), Bureau of Land Management
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Honors and Awards

  • E. Mott Davis Award for Excellence in Public Outreach
  • SFASU Distinguished Grant Award '15
  • SFASU Distinguished Grant Award '14
  • SFASU Distinguished Grant Award '16


2010 - 2013 PhD, Texas A&M University ‐ Anthropology

Contact Information

PO Box 13028, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962