Mr. Ben Hoksbergen

Lecturer, History Department


Despite the admonitions of his mother and any sense of financial responsibility, Ben Hoksbergen resolved himself in 1983 at the wise age of eight to pursue a career in archaeology. Never once deviating from that path, Hoksbergen has braved dust storms in Jordan, cottonmouths in the Louisiana swamps, the Ohio Militia, tropical diseases, errant bombs, muggings, bad beer, and periodic homelessness in his relentless pursuit of ancient people’s trash. Through luck and a cosmic sense of humor, Hoksbergen now finds himself the Installation Archaeologist and Cultural Resource Manager of Redstone Arsenal and President of the Alabama Archaeological Society. His hobbies include creative cussing, wine-making, wine drinking, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, hobbie farming, flint knapping, defying ancient evils, annoying his kids, and trying to keep up with his wife who is the real brains of the operation.

Mr. Ben Hoksbergen's Curriculum Vitae


  • M.A., Anthropology, Iowa State University, 2004
  • B.A., World History, Calvin College, 1997

Classes Taught


  • Alabama Archaeological Society
  • Southeastern Archaeological Conference
  • Archaeological Conservancy

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 Army Environmental Award for Cultural Resources Management Team
  • 2012 Research Grant, Alabama Archaeological Society
  • 2012 Industry Award – Public Sector, American Cultural Resources Association
  • 2011 Special Act Incentive Award, US Army Garrison – Redstone Arsenal
  • 2008 Department of Defense Environmental Award for Cultural Resource Management Team
  • 2007 Army Environmental Award for Cultural Resource Management Team
  • 2006 Public Education Grant, Alabama Archaeological Society
  • 1997 John M. de Bie Award for best history thesis of the year, Calvin College

Selected Publications

  • Johnson 2017 Alabama’s Prehistoric Indians and Artifacts. Borgo Publishing, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Contributing author)
  • Hoksbergen and Hogan 2013 The Affair at Indian Creek Ford: The Archaeology of a Small Civil War Battle. The Huntsville Historical Review 37(1): 23-68.
  • Little, Johnson, and Hoksbergen 2012 The Widows Creek Phase: A Terminal Woodland Manifestation in the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama. Journal of Alabama Archaeology 58(1,2): 64-77.
  • Hoksbergen 2010 The Oldest Components: The Paleolithic at Umm el-Jimal. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan,54: 207-216..
  • Hoksbergen 2008 Dalton and Big Sandy: The View from Redstone Arsenal. Journal of Alabama Archaeology 54(1,2): 3-8.
  • Hoksbergen 2008 Archaeological Investigations at 1MA490, a Stratified Dalton and Big Sandy Site on Redstone Arsenal, Madison County, Alabama. Journal of Alabama Archaeology 54(1,2): 9-24.