William Clay Poe

  • Professor of Archaeology
  • Department of History
  • Sonoma State University
  • 1801 E. Cotati Ave.
  • Rohnert Park, CA 94928
  • (707) 664-2580
  • poe@sonoma.edu
  • 4640 Bennett View Dr.
  • Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  • (707) 528-6066

 

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Mediterranean Studies, Brandeis University, with qualification in Archaeology, Southwest Asian Prehistory, Arabic Language and Islamic Civilization, Archaeology and Near Eastern Prehistory, 1971.
  • Dissertation: The Earliest Ceramic Assemblages of El-Khalil (Hebron).
  • M. A. in Mediterranean Studies, Brandeis University, with qualification in Archaeology and Egyptian Language, 1969.
  • M. Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, majoring in Old Testament, 1966.
  • A. B., Duke University, majoring in Greek, 1963.

Professional Accreditation

Registered Professional Archaeologist. Register of Professional Archaeologists

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience
Year Position
1994- Professor of Archaeology, Department of History, Sonoma State University
1979-94 Professor of History, Department of History, Sonoma State University
1974-79 Associate Professor of History, Department of History, Sonoma State University
1970-74 Assistant Professor of History, Department of History, Sonoma State University
1968-70 Instructor, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge MA

Academic Administrative Experience, Sonoma State University

Academic Administrative Experience
Year Position
1980-81 University Tutor
1978-80 Dean of Undergraduate Studies
1976-78 Dean of Academic Planning
1975-76 Chair, Division of Social Sciences

Archaeological Field Experience

Archaeological Field Experience
Year Position
2008 Co-director, Belize Valley Regional Archaeology Project, excavating at Cahal Pech
2006 Columned Courtyard Complexes of Camaná, Peru, GPS and Laser Rangefinder Mapping component
2005 GPS Control Point Project, The Gault Site, Florence, Texas
2001-04 Co-director, Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project, excavating at Baking Pot and Caracol
2001- Project mapping consultant and archaeologist, Archaeological Development Strategy Plan, Institute of Archaeology, Government of Belize
2000- Director, The Archaeological Map of Belize (ArchMapBZ)
1998-00 Director, GPS Mapping Project, El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna, Belize and Guatemala
1998 Director,GPS Mapping Project, Chavín de Huántar, Peru
1994-97 Director, Mesoamerican Archaeology Field School, Ujuxte, Guatemala
1986-87 Persistence in Maya agricultural strategies. Joint sabbatical project with S. E. Hayes
1982 Project Director, Soil resistivity survey, First Brick House, Monterey, CA
1976 Project Director, Electronic Sub-surface survey, Sonoma Barracks, Sonoma, CA
1975 Project Director, Electronic Sub-surface survey, Fort Ross, CA
1974 Co-Director, American Expedition to Petra, Jordan
1973 Associate Director, American Expedition to Petra, Jordan
1966 Area Supervisor and Institutional Representative, American Expedition to Hebron (el-Khalil), Jordan

Archaeological Papers and reports

Archaeological Papers and reports
Year Title
2007 William Poe and Sue Hayes, Figura 7: Plano de Pillistay, 1:17,000 Figura 68: Plano de Pampata, 1:22,500, Figura 132: Plano de Soto, 1:21000. In Tantaleán H. and B. Owen Complejos de Patios con Columnas de Camaná: Levantamiento, Sondeos, y Fechados para Definir su Filiación Cultural y Cronológica: Informe de Campo e Informe Final.. Report to the Instituto Nacional de Cultura.
2005 "Control Point Survey with Geodetic Global Positioning System Receivers, Gault Archaeological Site," prepared for the Gault Project, Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of Texas, Austin
2005 "Baking Pot, Settlement Survey." The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: A Report of the 2004 Field Season, edited by Christophe G.B. Helmke & Jaime J. Awe, pp. 47"49. Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan.
2005 Lee, David F., Jennifer C. Piehl, Russell Turner, and William Poe
The Archaeological Development Strategy Plan: A Project Component of the Government of Belize Tourism Development Project, with Funding from the Inter-American Development Bank.  ADSP Consulting Team, Belmopan, Belize.
2004 "Surveying and Mapping at Baking Pot, 2003." The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: A Report of the 2003 Field Season, edited by Carolyn M. Audet & Jaime J. Awe, pp. 3-14. Institute of Archaeology, Occasional Paper No. 1, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan.
2004 "Archaeological Map of Belize (ArchMapBZ)," Invited paper, Ancient Sites, Modern Maps: Remote Sensing Applications in Archaeology, Geographic Information Science Center, University of California, Berkeley, October 29, 30.
2004 "Where in the World is Baking Pot? Anecdotal metadata on the development of the Geographical Information System of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project." Invited paper in a juried symposium, Abstracts of the 69th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, Montreal, March 31-April 5
2002 David F. Lee, Russell S. Turner, Jennifer C. Piehl, William Clay Poe, "Archaeological Development Strategy Plan, Inception Report. A report prepared for the Tourism Development Project, Ministry of Tourism, Government of Belize.
2002 "GPS and Remote Sensing: The Archaeological Map of Belize" Invited paper in a juried symposium, Abstracts of the 67th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, Denver, March 20-24
2002 "Archaeological Map of Belize (ArchMapBz): A Geographic Information System for the Recording and Analysis of Archaeological Information." The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: A Report of the 2001 Field Season – Volume 1, edited by Jaime J. Awe & Cameron S. Griffith, pp. 1-17, Belize Department of Archaeology, Ministry of Tourism, Belmopan.
2002 Sue Eileen Hayes and William C. Poe, "Oxmulcab Valley Terrace Systems." The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: A Report of the 2001 Field Season – Volume 1, edited by Jaime J. Awe & Cameron S. Griffith, pp. 19"26. Belize Department of Archaeology, Ministry of Tourism, Belmopan.
2001 "Integrated Systems of ArchaeologicalMapping in the Belize Valley",Abstracts of the 66th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, New Orleans, April 18-22.
2001 S. E. Hayes and W. C. Poe, "Was it Worth It: An Economic Analysis of a Maya Agricultural Terrace System",Abstracts of the 66th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, New Orleans, April 18-22
2001 Global Positioning System Survey, 20 June - 14 July 2000, in The Western Belize Regional Cave Project: A Report of the 2000 Field Season, edited by Reiko Ishihara, Cameron S. Griffith & Jaime J. Awe, pp. 127-156, Department of Anthropology Occasional Paper No 4, University of New Hampshire, Durham.
2000 "GPS Mapping in the Macal Valley, 1999." The Western Belize Regional Cave Project: A Report of the 1999 Field Season, edited by Cameron S. Griffith, Reiko Ishihara & Jaime J. Awe, pp. 73-80, Department of Anthropology, Occasional Paper No. 3, University of New Hampshire, Durham.
2000 "Site Organization at Ujuxte and Neighboring Sites”Invited paper in a juried symposium, Abstracts of the 65th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, Philadelphia, April 5-9.
2000 "Global Positioning System Survey, El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna, Belize and Guatemala, 6 June – 19 June, 2000", in  Anabel Ford and Clark Wernecke, "Assessing the situation at El Pilar: Chronology, survey, conservation, and Management Planning for the 21st Century". UC Santa Barbara: MesoAmerican Research Center.
1999 "GPS Mapping at Saturday Creek June 16-17, 1999” in Lisa Lucero, ed.,Testing and Mapping Saturday Creek: The 1999 Field Season of the Valley of Peace Archaeological (VOPA) Project, Report submitted to the Department of Archaeology, Ministry of Tourism, Government of Belize
1999 GPS Mapping at the El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna, Belize and Guatemala, May 26 to June 16, 1999. Report to Anabel Ford, Project Director, BRASS/El Pilar.
1999 "Archaeology in the Andes: Mapping Strategies at Chavín de Huántar," GPS World, April 1999.
1999 "Precise GPS Mapping at Chavín de Huántar, Peru” Abstracts of the 64th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, Chicago, March 24-28
1988 GPS Mapping at Chavín de Huántar, Peru, July 10 - 28, 1998. Report to John Rick, Director, Stanford Archaeological Project, Chavín de Huántar.
1988 GPS Mapping at the El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna, Belize and Guatemala, April 9 to April 17, 1998, Revised October, 1998.Report to Anabel Ford, Project Director, BRASS/El Pilar.
1998 "Mapping Strategies at the Archaeological Site of Chavín de Huántar, Peru," 1998 Trimble Users Conference, Conference Proceedings., Sunnyvale, CA
1998 D. Clark, Werneke, Anabel Ford, Vanessa Bunton, William Poe, Nicole Gerado, Kevin Veach, “A New Way of Examining the Past: The El Pilar Interdisciplinary Model” 1998 Field Report, ISBER/MesoAmerican Research Center, University of California, Santa Barbara.
1998 Anabel Ford, Otto Román De León, William Poe, Vanessa Bunton, Fernando Alvarez, "Reconocimiento Arqueológico Temporada 1998: Una ventana a la distribución de asentamiento en El Pilar" Informe presentado al Instituto de Antropología e Historía de Guatemala, IDAEH. BRASS/El Pilar, University of California, Santa Barbara.
1997 The Mesoamerican Archaeology Field School Preliminary Report: GPS mapping at the prehistoric site of Ujuxte, Guatemala, January 1997 field season. Report to Michael Love, Principal Investagator, Proyecto Arqueologico Ujuxte
1982 "Resistivity Survey, First Brick House, Monterey, CA," Report to the California Department of Parks and Recreation
1976 "Electronic Sub-surface Survey, Sonoma Barracks, Sonoma CA," Report to the California Department of Parks and Recreation
1973 Final Report, Electronically Instrumented Sub-surface Survey, Petra, Jordan, with P. C. Hammond and M. A. Bennett, published by P. C. Hammond at the University of Utah.
1973 "Multivariate analysis of X-ray fluorescence determinations in ceramics,” abstract, proceedings of the general meeting, Archaeological Institute of America, St. Louis.
1972 "Analyzing the temporal trajectory of ceramic technology as a measure of cultural change," abstract, proceedings of the general meeting, Archaeological Institute of America, Philadelphia.