Cal Poly - Social Sciences
Dr. Robert L. Hoover, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Retired: Spring, 1998
Dr. Hoover was with the Social Sciences Department for 28 years.
He is recognized throughout the department and various universities for his
research in prehistory and
historical archaeology and is considered one of the leading archaeologists
in the state. Current research includes the excavation, restoration, and
research of the California Mission site, Mission San Antonio, which has an
on-going summer Archaeological Field
School. Current research also includes the historical
archaeology of Brazilian plantations and ethnobotony of the California
Chumash Indians. Hoover is currently writing a soon to be published
archaeological Portuguese/English-English/Portuguese dictionary.
Past archaeological research includes the study and excavation of
prehistoric Chumash Indian culture on Santa Cruz Island, an ancient
Chumash village at Los Osos Jr. High School, the historic Presideo of
Santa Barbara, and Mission Santa Ines mall complex.
He was a member of the first United States delegation of archaeologists to the
People's Republic of China in 1990 and has been a member of the California
Historical Resources Commission since 1982.
a complete list
- Chumash Fishing Equipment. Ethnic Technology Notes, No. 9, 17
pp. (1973). Museum of Man, San Diego
- Aboriginal Cordage in Western
North America. Occasional Papers, No. 1, 51 pp. (July, 1974).
Imperial Valley College Museum, El Centro.
- Excavations at SLO-214: Los
Osos Junior High School Site. San Luis Obispo County Archaeological
Society Occasional Papers, No. 10, 49 pp. (1977). San Luis Obispo.
Co-authored with W.B. Sawyer.
- Excavations at Mission San Antonio,
1976-1978. UCLA Institute of Archaeology Monograph, XXVI, 221 pp.
(1985). Los Angeles (co-edited with Julia G. Costello).
Articles: not a complete list
Observations on Chumash Prehistoric Stone Effigies. Journal of
California Anthropology, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 33-40; Spring, 1974. Malki
- Anthropologische Bermerkungen zur Ethno-Botanik der
Indianer Kaliforneins. Anthropos: Internationale Zeitschrift fur
Volkerund Sprachenkunde, Vol. 69, pp. 505-516; 1974. St. Augustin,
- California Indian Uses of Native Plants, In Native
Plants: A Viable Option. Special Publications, No. 3, pp. 131-162;
1977. California Native Plant Society, San Luis Obispo.
Land Use Patterns in the Morro Bay Watershed, San Luis Obispo County,
California. The California Geographer, Vol. XVII, pp. 83-96; 1977.
California Council for Geographic Education, Hayward.
Salinan Acculturation. Ethnohistory, Vol. 24, No.3, pp. 261-268;
Summer, 1977. American Society for Ethnohistory, Tucson.
- Window on a
California Mission. The Masterkey, Vol. 58 No. 4 pp. 20-25;
Winter, 1984. Southwest Museum, Los Angeles.
- A Photographic Anthology
of Some Salinan Indians. Pacific Coast Archaeological Society
Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 1-14; April, 1985. Costa Mesa.
(Co-authored with Christine L. Hoover).
- The Archaeology of Spanish
Colonial Sites in California. Comparative Studies in the Archaeology of
Colonialism. British Archaeological Reports International Series 233,
pp. 93-114; 1985. Oxford.
- Spanish-Native Interaction and
Acculturation in the Alta California Missions. Columbian Conquences;
Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on the Spanish Borderlands
West, pp. 395-406; 1989. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington.
- Some Models for Spanish Colonial Archaeology in California. In The
Archaeology of the Spanish Colonial and Mexican Republican Periods.
Historical Archaeology 26:1:37-44; 1992.
- Excavations at the
Santa Ines Mill Complex, Pacific Coast Archaeological Society
28:2:48-66 (Spring, 1992)
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