Deborah I. Olszewski

Adjunct Associate Professor in Anthropology

University of Arizona Ph.D. 1984

Research Interests:

Prehistoric hunter‑gatherer adaptations; origins of agriculture; Middle Eastern, Egyptian, and North African Paleolithic, Epipaleolithic, and Neolithic; applications of chipped and ground stone analyses; American Southwest; European Paleolithic and Mesolithic; pre-Contact Hawai’i.


Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications


Wenke, R.J. and D.I. Olszewski. 2007. Patterns in Prehistory. Humankind’s First Three Million Years, 5th edition. New York: Oxford University Press.


Journals and Edited Volumes

Olszewski, D.I., U. Schurmans, and B.A. Schmidt. 2011. The Epipaleolithic (Iberomaurusian) from  Grotte des Contrebandiers, Morocco. African Archaeological Review 28: 97-123.

Olszewski, D.I. 2010. On the Margins: Early Natufian in the Wadi al-Hasa Region, Jordan. Special edition, guest-edited by A. Rosen and L. Dubreuil, Eurasian Prehistory 7(1): 85-97.

Olszewski, D.I., H.L. Dibble, S.P. McPherron, U. Schurmans, L. Chiotti, and J. Smith. 2010. Nubian Complex Strategies in the Egyptian High Desert. Journal of Human Evolution 59: 188-201.

Olszewski, D.I., S.P. McPherron, H.L. Dibble, L. Chiotti, U. Schurmans, and J. Smith. 2010. Middle Paleolithic Settlement Systems: Theoretical and Modeling Frameworks Using High Desert Survey Data from Abydos, Egypt. In Settlement Dynamics of the Middle Paleolithic and Middle Stone Age III, N. Conard and A. Delanges (eds.), pp. 81-101. Tübingen: Kerns Verlag.

Chiotti, L., H.L. Dibble, S.P. McPherron, D.I. Olszewski, and U. Schurmans. 2009. Middle Paleolithic Lithic Technology from the Western High Desert of Egypt. Journal of Field Archaeology 34(3): 307-318.

Chiotti, L., H.L. Dibble, S.P. McPherron, D.I. Olszewski, and U. Schurmans. 2009. Prospections sur le plateaux désertiques du désert libyque égyptien (Abydos, Moyenne Egypte). Quelques exemples de technologies lithiques. l’Anthropologie 113: 341-355.

Olszewski, D.I.  2009. Comparing Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transitions in the Middle East and Egypt. In Sourcebook of Paleolithic Transitions: Methods, Theories, and Interpretations, M. Camps and P. Chauhan (eds.), pp. 315-332. New York: Springer.

Olszewski, D.I. 2008. The Palaeolithic Period, Including the Epipaleolithic. In Jordan: An Archaeological Reader, ed. R. Adams, pp. 35-69. Oakville, CT: Equinox Publishing.

Olszewski, D.I. 2007. Interpreting Activities in North Halawa Valley, O’ahu: Adze Recycling and Adze Resharpening. Hawaiian Archaeology 11: 18-32.

Olszewski, D.I. 2007. Issues in the Development of the Early Upper Paleolithic and a “Transitional” Industry from the Zagros Region. In New Approaches to the Study of Early Upper Paleolithic “Transitional” Industries in Western Eurasia: Transitions Great and Small, J. Riel-Salvatore and G.A. Clark (eds.), pp. 131–142. British Archaeological Reports International Series 1620. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Olszewski, D.I. and U. Schurmans.  2007. Raw Material Use in West-Central Jordan. In Chert Availability and Prehistoric Exploitation in the Near East, C. Delage (ed.), pp. 164-203. British Archaeological Reports International Series S1615. Oxford: John and Erica Hedges.

Banks, W.E., F. d’Errico, H. Dibble, L. Krishtalka, D. West, D.I. Olszewski, A.T. Peterson, D.G. Anderson, J.C. Gillam, A. Montet-White, M. Crucifix, C.W. Marean, M. Sánchez-Goñi, B. Wohlfarth, and M. Vanhaeran. 2006. Eco-Cultural Niche Modeling: New Tools for Reconstructing the Geography and Ecology of Past Human Populations. PaleoAnthropology 2006: 68-83.

Olszewski, D.I. 2006. Issues in the Epipaleolithic: The Madamaghan, Nebekian, and Qalkhan (Levant Epipaleolithic). Paléorient 32(1): 19-26.

Olszewski, D.I. and H.L. Dibble. 2006. To Be or Not To Be Aurignacian: The Zagros Upper Paleolithic. In Towards a Definition of the Aurignacian, O. Bar-Yosef and J. Zilhão (eds.), pp. 355-373. Trabalhos de Arqueologia 45. Lisbon: American School of Prehistoric Research/Instituto Português de Arqueologia.

Olszewski, D.I. and M. al-Nahar.  2006. When Stone is More Than Stone: Clues to Prehistoric Resource Use. Expedition 48(1): 22-28.

Olszewski, D.I., H.L. Dibble, U.A. Schurmans, S.P. McPherron, and J.R. Smith. 2005. Paleolithic Survey in the High Desert of Middle Egypt. Journal of Field Archaeology 30(3): 283-303.

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Anthropology adjunct faculty; Consulting Scholar, European Section, Penn Museum; Fellow, Penn Center for Native American Studies.