Scott Pike
  • Scott Pike
  • Assistant Professor of Environmental and Earth Sciences; Chair, Department of Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Collins 214
  • 503-370-6587
  • 503-370-6773 fax

Scott Pike


  • B.A. Anthropology, Oberlin College
  • Ph.D. Geology, University of Georgia


  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Physical Geology
  • Environmental Geology
  • Archaeological Geology
  • Senior Seminar
  • College Colloquium: Homer’s Odyssey as Natural History
  • Summer Collaborative Research Program
  • TIUA

Research, Teaching, and Service

Trained both as a geologist and archaeologist, Prof. Pike uses geological theories and methodologies to tackle archaeological and art historical problems.

Currently, he is pursuing two major research trajectories. The first is a study on the synergistic relationships between societies and their changing landscapes. That is, he is using geologic principals and methods to understand how the landscape influences the development of human cultures and, in turn, how dynamic landscapes influence social and cultural stability and change.

His second line of research focuses on the procurement, use, trade and aesthetics of white marble used in the ancient Mediterranean basin. Current marble research in this area includes analysis of marble samples from the Parthenon and Propylaea on the Athenian acropolis as well as marble analysis from samples of the Temple of Apollo at Bassai and from marble fragments collected from a sunken Roman marble transport ship being excavated off the coast of Turkey.

From 1995-1997, Professor Pike served as the Acting Director of the Wiener Laboratory at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Currently, he serves as staff geologist for the Sangro River Valley landscape archaeology project in the Abruzzo, Italy, an international venture that involves scholars from La Sapienzia Roma, Oxford University, Oberlin College, and Willamette University. In recent summers, students have regularly accompanied him to Italy and either attended the project's archaeological fieldschool or pursued their own research as part of a Willamette-funded Summer Collaborative Research Program project.


  • Pike, S. 2009. A stable isotope database for the ancient white marble quarries of Mount Pentelikon, Greece. In BCH Supp, The Proceedings of the Association for the Study of Marbles and Other Stones in Antiquity (ASMOSIA) VII, The French School of Athens,699-708.
  • Romano, I., Gazda, E. and Pike, S. 2009. The Hartwig-Kelsey fragments: A Pentelic marble case study. In the Proceedings of the Association for the Study of Marbles and Other Stones in Aniquity (ASMOSIA) VIII, L’Atelier Méditerranéen Special Volume, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, 273-290.
  • Palagia, O and Pike, S. 2009. The marble of the Bassai Frieze. In the Proceedings of the Association for the Study of Marbles and Other Stones in Antiquity (ASMOSIA) VIII, L’Atelier Méditerranéen Special Volume, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, 255-272.
  • Sheedy, K. and Pike, S., 2008. The Delos Colossus Project. In La Sculpture des Cyclades à l’Épique Archaïque Histoire des Ateliers, Rayonnement des Styles, Fr. Prost and Y. Kourayios eds., BCH Suppl. 48.
  • Pike, S., 2004. Intra-quarry sourcing of the Parthenon marbles: applications of the Pentelic Marble Stable Isotope Database. In The Sculptures of the Parthenon, M. Cosmopoulos ed., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 196-206.
  • Pike, S., Herrmann, Jr. J., and Herz, N., 2002. A provenance study of calcitic marble from the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. In ASMOSIA V: Interdisciplinary Studies on Ancient Stone, J. Hermann, Jr., N. Herz and R. Newman eds., Archetype Publications Ltd., London.
  • Pike, S. and Gitin, S., 2000. The Practical Impact of Science on Near Eastern and Aegean Archaeology, Wiener Laboratory Publication Number 3, Archetype Publications Ltd., London.