Winifred Creamer's Biography

Winifred Creamer has carried out field research in Central America (Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Belize), the American Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona), and Peru. From 1985-1990 she was affiliated with the School for Advanced Research, producing the volume, Architecture of Arroyo Hondo. As a faculty member in the Anthropology Department of Northern Illinois University (1990-2014) she directed archaeological research in the Kayenta region of northern Arizona (Haas and Creamer 1993) and in New Mexico (Creamer and Haas 1998, Creamer 2000a, 2000b, 2001, Creamer et al. 2002). Beginning in 2000, she was a director of the Proyecto Arqueologico Norte Chico (PANC), an investigation into the development of monumental architecture and social complexity in the Norte Chico region of Peru during the third millennium BC (Creamer et al. 2007, 2013). Undergraduate and graduate students from NIU, other universities in the US, and Peru have participated in her field schools and field research projects.

In addition to her field research, Creamer maintains her interest in culture contact and the period of transition from prehistory to history in the New World, focusing on the impact of European expansion on the Pueblo people of New Mexico.

She retired from NIU as Distinguished Research Professor, and as associated faculty at Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, Peru. She has held Fulbright postdoctoral fellowships to Honduras (1985-86) and Peru (2004).

Selected Bibliography

Creamer, Winifred, Alvaro Ruíz Rubio, Manuel Perales Munguia and Jonathan Haas

2013  Archaeological Investigation of Late Archaic Sites (3000-1800 BC) in the Fortaleza Valley, Peru. Fieldiana: Anthropology n.s. 44.

Creamer, Winifred, Alvaro Ruiz and Jonathan Haas

2007 Archaeological Investigation of Late Archaic Sites (3000-1800 BC) in the Pativilca Valley, Peru. Fieldiana: Anthropology n.s. 40.

Creamer, Winifred, Jonathan Haas, Kit Nelson, David Burdick, Patricia Hamlen, Lisa Renken, and Aaron Wenzel

*2002 Ceramic Analysis of Intra- and Intersite Occupation at Protohistoric Pueblos in the Northern Rio Grande. In, Traditions, Transitions, and Technologies: Themes in Southwestern Archaeology in the Year 2000, edited by Sarah Schlanger, pp. 59-70. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Creamer, Winifred

2001 The Origins of Centralization: Changing Features of Local and Regional Control During the Rio Grande Classic Period, A.D. 1325-1540. In, Leaders to Rulers, edited by Jonathan Haas, pp. 37-58.  New York, Plenum Press.

Creamer, Winifred

2000a Regional Interactions and Regional Systems in the Protohistoric Rio Grande. In, The Archaeology of Regional Interaction, edited by Michelle Hegmon, pp. 99-118. Boulder, University of Colorado Press.

Creamer, Winifred

2000b The Impact of European Exploration and Colonization on the Production and Distribution of Pueblo Ceramics in Northern New Mexico. In, Commodities and Globalization:  Anthropological Perspectives, edited by Angelique Haugerud, Priscilla Stone, and Peter Little, pp. 151-162. Boulder, Rowman and Littlefield.

Creamer, Winifred and Jonathan Haas

1998 Less than Meets the Eye: Evidence for Protohistoric Chiefdoms in Northern New Mexico.  In, Chiefdoms and Chieftaincy in the Americas, edited by Elsa M. Redmond, pp. 43-67. Gainesville, University of Florida Press. (Sr. author with Jonathan Haas).

Haas, Jonathan and Winifred Creamer

1993 Stress and Warfare Among the Kayenta Anasazi of the Thirteenth Century A.D Fieldiana: Anthropology n.s. 21.