Carlton Shield Chief Gover


Carlton Shield Chief Gover M.A. is an archaeologist, podcast host, science communicator, and citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.  He is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Anthropology and graduate certificates in Museology and Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Carlton received his M.A. from the University of Wyoming and his B.S. from Radford University. He works closely with the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma in investigating the deep past of ancestral Northern Caddoan speaking populations (Pawnee, Arikara, and Wichita) in North America. In his free time, Carlton hosts a popular podcast called the A Life in Ruins podcast.  

CU Boulder profile

Read about Carlton's work 3D scanning a triceratops


Featured Publications

Taylor, W., Hart, I., Jones, E., Brenner-Coltrain, J., Thompson Jobe, J., Britt, B.B., McDonald, H.G., Li, Y., Zhang, C., Le Roux, P., Shield Chief Gover, C. Q., Schiavinato, S., Orlando, L., and Roberts, P. 2021  Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Lehi Horse: Implications for Early Historic Horse Cultures of the North American West. American Antiquity. 86(3): 465-485. DOI: 10.1017/aaq.2020.109

Shield Chief Gover, C., Bamforth, D., & Carlson, K.C. 2021 Bayesian Analysis of the Chronology of The Lynch Site (25BD1) and Comparisons to the Central Plains Tradition and Central Plains Oneota. Plains Anthropologist. 66(259): 217-241. DOI: 10.1080/00320447.2021.1895514

Gover, C.Q. 2019 Dating apps in archaeology: Matching the archaeological record with indigenous oral traditions through glottochronology, summed probability distributions, and bayesian statistical analysis (Order No. 22616580). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2303837472).

Jones-Miller Collection

Carlton Shield Chief Gover discusses the Jones-Miller collection. The Jones-Miller site is located in North Eastern Colorado and represents a Paleoindian bison processing site with hundreds of extinct Bison antiquus.

The Pawnee Collection

Join Carlton Shield Chief Gover as he presents on the Pawnee Bow and Arrow equipment in collections. He will talk about how and why bows and arrows were important to the Pawnee and other Plains Nation's as well as translate the objects from English to Pawnee.

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