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Tiffany Terneny, Ph.D.

Senior Instructor



Office Location:
North Classroom 4002 A

Office Hours:
Please Email Me

Phone: 303-315-7333


Department of Anthropology »

Expertise Areas:
I am a Field Archaeologist by training, but feel extremely comfortable and am interested in the cultural dimensions of anthropology. I am originally from Texas, but I have lived in Colorado since 2006. Please feel free to contact me anytime about the my courses or questions about Anthropology as a major etc. Research interests include Mortuary Anthropology and Archeology, Bioarcheology, Forensic Anthropology, technological change among hunter-gatherers, Human Behavioral Ecology, and Lithic Technology.

My Addresses:

Mailing Address:
Department of Anthropology
Campus Box 103
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
Auraria Campus
North Classroom
Suite 4002

Member of the CLAS Speakers Bureau

1999– 2005 Ph.D. AnthropologyUniversity of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 

1995–1997 M.A. AnthropologyUniversity of Montana, Missoula, Montana 

1992–1995 B.S. AnthropologyUniversity of Houston-Main Campus, Houston, Texas


My Ph.D. focused on Prehistoric Archaeology and Mortuary Practices. My dissertation examines the Brownsville Complex of South Texas and its place in the temporal framework of South Texas, Coastal and Mexican archeology. I have worked as both an Archeologist (Prehistoric and Historic) and a Physical Anthropologist (Forensic Anthropologist and Bioarcheologist) for Private Cultural Resource Management (Archaeology) Companies, the Federal Government and Universities, and I have received formal training in all Federal cultural resource laws and regulations including the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

My experience includes hundreds of archeological projects, including archaeological surveys, archaeological monitoring, National Register of Historic Places eligibility test excavations, and full archaeological excavations, laboratory analysis of archaeological assemblages, report writing, cultural resource management for oil and gas, FERC, energy transmission and telecommunications projects, and teaching at the University level. I am extremely interested in Hunter Gatherers, Mortuary and Death Practices, Forensic Anthropology, Historic and Prehistoric Archaeology, and Cultural Anthropology and how it can better help us understand each other in an ever changing world. I welcome the opportunity to convey to students what types of jobs are available in Archeology and Anthropology and share my extensive field, research, writing, and management experience in Archaeology and Anthropology. 

Anthropology 2102 - Culture and the Human Experience

Anthropology 1302 - Introduction to Archaeology

Anthropology 3142 - Cultural Diversity in the Modern World

Anthropology 3666 - Anthropology of Death

Anthropology 3042 - Lost Worlds and Crystal Skulls

Anthropology 4330 - Lithic Analysis

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