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Dr. Mark Aldenderfer appointed as new editor of Current Anthropology

October 10, 2007

The Wenner-Gren Foundation and University of Chicago Press are pleased to announce that Mark Aldenderfer has been selected to succeed Benjamin Orlove as the 6th editor of Current Anthropology. The Foundation thanks Dr. Orlove for his successful leadership of eight years and welcomes Dr. Aldenderfer in his new role as editor of Current Anthropology.

Currently professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona, Aldenderfer is an archaeologist with extensive field experience in North and Central America, the Andes, the Tibetan plateau, and Africa, and works primarily with ancient hunting and gathering peoples. His varied research interests include the emergence of social inequality, the archaeology of religion, and the comparative analysis of high altitude cultural and biological adaptations. He is especially interested in digital approaches to field work and publication and quantitative methods as applied to anthropological questions.

He brings to Current Anthropology extensive editorial experience. He is presently co-editor of Latin American Antiquity, and served as the editor of the Society for American Archaeology Bulletin, then SAA Archaeological Record, for nine years. He has edited or co-edited seven books on a variety of topics, was a co-editor of a series of books on archaeology for the Greenwood Publishing Group, and is an Advisory Editor and member of the Steering Committee of Internet Archaeology, the first successful online peer-reviewed journal in the field.

Aldenderfer will take up the editorship in January 2008.