Berres, Thomas Edward 1953–

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Berres, Thomas Edward 1953–

PERSONAL: Born January 20, 1953, in Bowling Green, OH; son of Bernard and Florence Berres. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Western Michigan University, M.A., 1984; University of Illinois, Ph.D. (anthropology), 1998. Politics: "Independent." Religion: Roman Catholic.

ADDRESSES: Home—983 Quail Run, DeKalb, IL 60115. Office—Stevens Building, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115-2854.

CAREER: University of Illinois, Urbana, staff archaeologist, 1981–85, project archaeologist, 1996–99, creator of Native American Gallery at Spurlock Museum; Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, assistant professor of anthropology, 1999–.

MEMBER: American Anthropological Association, Society for American Archaeology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi.

AWARDS, HONORS: Honored by Spurlock Museum, University of Illinois, 2001, for creation of Native American Gallery.


Power and Gender in Oneota Culture: A Study of a Late Prehistoric People, Northern Illinois University Press (DeKalb, IL), 2001.

Contributor of articles to scholarly publications.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on mortuary ritual and on bear symbolism and imagery.

SIDELIGHTS: Thomas Edward Berres told CA: "I have conducted public outreach programs with museums, libraries, park districts, and avocational societies with the purpose of enhancing scientific literacy and communication between scientists and the public. The questions posed provide motivation for writing.

"A holistic approach (as part of anthropological archaeology) is used to better understand cosmology, symbolism, ritual, religious beliefs, and ceremonies among Native American cultures. Cross-cultural analyses using ethnohistorical sources provide a means of interpreting the archaeological record."



American Antiquity, January, 2003, Brian G. Redmond, review of Power and Gender in Oneota Culture: A Study of a Late Prehistoric People, p. 191.

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