Roderick Sprague

Roderick Sprague

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Roderick Sprague (b. February 18, 1933) is a renowned American anthropologist, ethnohistorian and historical archaeologist, and the Emeritus Director of the Laboratory of Anthropology at the University of Idaho, where he taught for thirty years. He has extensive experience in environmental impact research, trade beads, aboriginal burial customs, and the Columbia Basin area.

In addition to his work in the traditional anthropological fields, he has also collaborated with Professor Grover Krantz in an attempt to apply scientific reasoning to the study of Sasquatch.


Sprague received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in anthropology from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. He received his Ph.D from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

As a graduate student in 1964 at Washington State University, he was the field supervisor of a dig at the Palus burial site in Lyons Ferry, Washington when one of only a few known Jefferson Peace Medals was discovered.

Additionally, his dissertation, "Aboriginal burial practices in the plateau region of North America" (1967) is considered one of the best writings on the topic.


Sprague’s career has been varied and taken him in different directions. He has conducted excavations in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and the Canadian Maritime on Prince Edward Island; and has done research in the American Southwest and Inner Mongolia. Much of his research has been on burial practices and...
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