Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

R Bruce R McMillan
Title: Professional Scientist, Anthropologist
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Illinois State Museum
Springfield, IL 62702
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Address mailcode: 652
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Location: Springfield
Phone: 217-524-0498
Fax: 217-785-2857

Landscape history, human-land relationships, paleoecology, and interdisciplinary approaches to archaeology, and evolution of biota in the Prairie Peninsula.
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Lincoln College, Lincoln, IL, Honorary Doctorate in Humanities, 1990
Society for American Archaeology, Presidential Award, 1994
Distinguished Alumni Award, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1995
Professional affiliations:
Selected publications:
In press  Holocene range extension of pronghorn into west-central Missouri and northwest Arkansas.  The Wisconsin Archaeologist.
2013 More than a fossil hunter:  the life and pursuits of Charles W. Beehler.  The Confluence 4(2):4-18.
2012 Bison in Missouri Archaeology.  The Missouri Archaeologist 73:79-136.
2010 Research to discover the cultural affiliation of NAGPRA remains from the Pomme de Terre, Smithville, Stockton, and Truman lakes in Missouri (editor with Neal H. Lopinot). U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District and Missouri State University, Springfield.
2010 The discovery of fossil vertebrates on Missouri's western frontier.  Earth Sciences History 29:26-51.
2009  Graham Cave historic site.  Archaeology in America: an Encyclopedia 2:70-72. Greenwood Press, Westport, CT.
2009  Climate and natural environment of the Midwest river valleys.  Archaeology in America: an Encyclopedia 2:30-31.  Greenwood Press, Westport, CT.
2009  W. Raymond Wood's interdisplinary approach to archaeology.  The Plains Anthropologist 54:101-112.
2009 Archaic faunal exploitation in the Prairie Peninsula and surrounding regions of the mid-continent (with B. W. Styles). In: Archaic Societies of the Midcontinent, edited by T, E. Emerson, D. L. McElrath, and A.C. Fortier. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln. 

2008  A late prehistoric bison kill in Johnson County, Missouri.  The Missouri Archaeologist 69:33-55.
2006. Perspectives on the biogeography and archaeology of bison in Illinois. In: Records of Early Bison in Illinois, R. B. McMillan, editor, pp. 67-147. Illinois State Museum Scientific Papers 31. Springfield.

2000 Landscape history at the Illinois State Museum. The Living Museum 62(3):3-11 (with B. W. Styles).

1991 Paul W. Parmalee: A pioneer in zooarchaeology. In: Beamers, Bobwhites, and Blue-Points: Tributes to the Career of Paul W. Parmalee. Illinois State Museum Scientific Papers 23 and University of Tennessee Reports of Investigations 52.

1981 Post-glacial environmental change and hunting-gathering societies of the southern Prairie Peninsula. Journal of Archaeological
Science 8:215-245 (with W. E. Klippel).

1976 Prehistoric man and his environments: A case study in the Ozark Highland. Academic Press, New York & London, 272 pp. (with W. R. Wood).

1970 Early canid burial from the western Ozark Highland. Science 167:1246-1247.
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Program affiliates:
Director Emeritus, Illinois State Museum, Springfield.
Professional society involvement and activities:
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow
American Quaternary Association
Natural Science Collections Alliance
Society for American Archaeology
Plains Anthropological Society
American Association of Museums
Association of Midwest Museums
Illinois State Academy of Science, Fellow
Sigma Xi


1971 Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder

1963 M.A., Anthropology, University of Missouri, Columbia

1960 B.S., Education, Missouri State University, Springfield

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