James Potter is a principle investigator for PaleoWest, archaeological consulting firm. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkley and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1997. Since then he has worked on projects throughout the American Southwest, including the Animas-La Plata Reservoir Project in southwest Colorado, the Large-site Mapping Project on the Ute Mountain Reservation, and the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in Northwestern New Mexico. Dr. Potter authored and coauthored numerous books and monographs, as well as published articles in various journals, including American Antiquity, Kiva Journal Anthropological Archaeology, and the Journal of Field Archaeology. His research interests include early village formation in the American Southwest, landscape studies, faunal analysis, hunting and feasting as social practice, identity construction, and American Indian involvement in archaeology.