Dr. Wood at the Fort Clark Historic Site
North Dakota, 2001
© Tom Stromme, Bismarck Tribune
Professor Emeritus, North American Archaeology
University of Missouri, Columbia
Dr. Wood's long list of publications shows the scope and depth of his work as a scholar and teacher. Among his best-known books are Early Fur Trade on the Northern Plains: Canadian Traders among the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians, 1738-1818 (with Thomas D. Thiessen. University of Oklahoma Press, 1985); A book-length study, Karl Bodmer's Studio Art: The Newberry Library Bodmer Collection (University of Illinois Press, 2002); and, most recently, Prologue to Lewis and Clark: The Mackay-Evans Expedition (University of Oklahoma Press, 2003), which focuses on historical events and Native Americans on the Upper Missouri River during the 1790s.
His research interests center on the Ozark Highlands of the midcontinent, and on the Great Plains of North America, and include both prehistoric studies and ethnohistory—especially of the Plains village peoples. He is interested primarily in the archaeology, ethnohistory, and Quaternary paleoecology of the North American Great Plains and Midwest states of North America, particularly the environmental and processual bases for the culture histories of these areas. The archaeology of World War II and the historical cartography of the Missouri River are major auxiliary interests.
Dr. Wood's current ethnohistorical work concerns the history and archaeology of the agricultural, village-dwelling Sioux Indians, the Yanktonais, as well as a book in progress, Twilight of the Fur Trade. He also is editor of The Missouri Archaeologist, the journal of the Missouri Archaeological Society.