Dr. Thomas R. Whyte


Ph.D. 1988 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A. 1984 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.F.A. 1977 James Madison University

Areas of Research/Interest:

Archaeology, zooarchaeology, experimental archaeology, island and coastal adaptations, zoogeography; Eastern United States, Southern Appalachia.


Archaeology and the Human Past, Stone Age Stereotypes, Archaeological Lab Methods, Introduction to Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, New River Valley Archaeology, Prehistoric Ceramic Analysis, Prehistory of Southern Appalachia


Professor Thomas R. Whyte received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee in 1988. He has been with Appalachian State University since 1989 and teaches Archaeology, Archaeology & the Human Past, Prehistory of the Southern Appalachians, Stone Age Stereotypes, Field Archaeology, Archaeological Laboratory Methods, and Zooarchaeology. His research interests are Southern Appalachian prehistory, Island and coastal adaptations, Zooarchaeology, and Zoogeography. He is known best for his study of fish remains from archaeological sites. His research has yielded 1 edited volume, over 30 articles/book chapters, 46 technical reports, and more than 50 professional papers.

Personal Bio:

Tom and Lauri Whyte have two daughters (Sadie & Alice), two dogs (Elena & Bella), two ponies (Rocky & Shawnee), one cat (Lily), a bearded dragon (Little Buddy), and innumerable chickens (Chicken). Tom plays ukulele and harmonica in a trio, The Lost Faculties.

Title: Professor
Department: Department of Anthropology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2283

Fax: (828) 262-2982

Office address
328 Anne Belk Hall