Sarunas Milisauskas


Sarunas Milisauskas.

Sarunas Milisauskas


Sarunas Milisauskas


Professor Emeritus
Research Professor

Research Topics

Old World archaeology; European prehistory; Neolithic; Bronze Age


  • PhD, University of Michigan
  • MA, University of Michigan
  • BA, Ohio State University

Courses Offered

Graduate Courses

  • APY 540 | History of Archaeology
  • APY 652 | Graduate Survey of Archaeology
  • APY 730 | Advanced Problems in Areal Archaeology



  • Textile Production and the Social Importance of Women in the Neolithic, (M-L Pipes J, Kruk and S. Milisauskas). Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraköw, 2019.
  • Real Time: Radiocarbon Dates and Bayesian Analysis of the Neolithic Settlement at Bronocice, Fourth Millennium BC (J. Kruk, S. Milisauskas and P. Włodarczak) Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraköw, 2018.
  • Bronocice: The Chronology and Development of a Neolithic Settlement of the Fourth Millennium BC (J. Kruk and S. Milisauskas). Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraköw, 2018.
  • Neolithic Human Burial Practices: The Interpretation of Funerary Behaviors at Bronocice, Poland, , (S. Milisauskas, J. Kruk, M.-L. Pipes and E. Haduch). Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraköw, 2017.
  • Neolithic Plant Cultivation at Bronocice, 6, (J. Kruk, M. Lityńska-Zając, and S. Milisauskas). Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraköw, 2016.
  • Dictionary of Prehistoric Archaeology: Polish English, English-Polish, (R. Schild, S. Milisauskas and J. Kruk), Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow, 2013.
  • Butchering and Meat Consumption in the Neolithic: The Exploitation of Animals at Bronocice (S. Milisauskas, J. Kruk, M.-L. Pipes and D. Makowicz-Poliszot), Archaeological Institute, Cracow, Polish Academy of Sciences, 2012.
  • European Prehistory, A Survey, ed., New York:  Springer, Revised 2nd edition, Springer 2011.
  • European Prehistory, A Survey, ed., New York:  Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2002.
  • Rozkwit i upadek spoleczeństw rolniczych neolitu - The Rise and Fall of Neolithic Societies (J. Kruk and S. Milisauskas), Cracow: Polish Academy of Sciences, 1999.
  • Osadnictwo i zmiany środowiska naturalnego wyżyn lessowych (Environmental Changes and Settlement on the Loess Uplands) (J. Kruk, S. Alexandrowicz, S. Milisauskas, and Z. Śnieszko), Cracow: Polish Academy of Sciences, 1996.
  • Early Neolithic Settlement and Society at Olszanica. Memoirs of the Museum of Anthropology, No. 19, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1986.
  • Bronocice I: Osiedle obronne ludności kultury lubelsko‑wołyńskiej (Bronocice I: A Fortified Settlement of the Lublin‑Volynian Culture) (J. Kruk and S. Milisauskas), Wrocław: Polish Academy of Sciences, 1985.
  • Excavations of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Sites in South‑eastern Poland (W. Hensel and S. Milisauskas ), Wrocław: Polish Academy of Sciences, 1985.
  • A Selected Bibliography of North American Archaeological Sites (S. Milisauskas, F. Pickin and C. Clark), Vols. I & II, HRAFlex, New Haven, 1981.
  • European Prehistory, Academic Press, New York, 1978.
  • Archaeological Investigations on the Linear Culture Village of Olszanica, Wrocław: Polish Academy of Sciences, 1976.

Selected Articles

  • Bronocice Funnel Beaker Vessel with Wagon Motif: Different Narratives (S.Milisauskas,J.Kruk, K. Hudson) Archaeologia Polona 57:233-240, 2019.
  • Variability in 4th Millennium BC Livestock Management Practices in the Bronocice Region, Southeastern Poland, (Pipes, M-L., Kruk, J., Milisauskas, S.) Sprawozdania Archeologiczne. 69:55-70, 2017.
  • Nitrogen and Strontium Isotopes as Tools for the Reconstruction of Breastfeeding Practices and Human Behavior – A Neolithic Collective Grave in Bronocice (Poland), (B. Cienkosz-Stepanczak, A. Lisowska-Gaczorek, E. Haduch, R. Ellam,, G. Cook, J. Kruk, S. Milisauskas, S. Koziel, K. Szostek), Collegium Anthropologicum 41:191-199, 2017.
  • Milisauskas, S. 2017. Historical Observations on Archaeology in the Polish People’s Republic, 1945-1989. In: Archaeology of the Communist Era: A Political History of Archaeology of the 20th Century, L. Lozny ed. pp.123-150. Cham, Switzerland, Springer.
  • What does the bell-distribution hide? Spatial behavior and demographic development of the Funnel Beaker culture populations in Bronocice region, Poland, (A. Diachenko, J. Kruk, S. Milisauskas), Sprawozdania Archeologiczne 68:25-37, 2016.
  • Milisauskas, S. 2015. Myth Making by Jan Machnik: The American and Polish Cooperative Archaeological Project 1966-1978. Sprawozdania Archeologiczne 67:315-327.
  • Changing Architecture and its Cognitive Meaning at Bronocice (M.-L. Pipes, J. Kruk, S. Milisauskas) In: Szkice neolityczne, K. Czarniak, J. Kolenda and M. Markiewicz, eds. pp. 1-29. Wrocław, Polish Academy of Sciences, 2015.
  • Interacting Forms and Visualized Identities: The Implications of Graphic and Syntactic Variability in the Symbolic Repertoires of Trypillian Culture Groups (K.M. Hudson, S. Milisauskas) In: Kruts Memorial Volume, S. Ryzhov, M. Videiko and A. Diachenko, eds. pp. 53-90. Kiev, Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 2015.
  • Threads of Neolithic Household Cloth Production at Bronocice (M.-L. Pipes, J. Kruk, S. Milisauskas) In: Paradigm Found, Archaeological Theory – Present, Past and Future, K. Kristiansen, L. Šmejda and J. Turek, eds. pp.215-233. Oxford and Philadelphia, Oxbow, 2015.
  • Isotopic composition and identification of the origins of individuals buried in a Neolithic collective grave at Bronocice (southern Poland) (K. Szostek, E. Haduch, B. Stepańczak, J. Kruk, A. Szczepanek, J. Pawlyta, H. Głąb, S. Milisauskas), Homo – Journal of Comparative Human Biology 65:115-130, 2014.
  • Dietary Reconstruction at Bronocice and Corded Ware Sites in Southeastern Poland by Quantitative Analysis of Trace Element Components (B. Kamphaus, J. Kruk, S. Milisauskas, T.D. Price). Sprawozdania Archeologiczne 65:131-144, 2014.
  • Assessing the archaeological data for wool-bearing sheep during the middle to late Neolithic at Bronocice, Poland, (M.-L. Pipes, J. Kruk, S. Milisauskas) In: Animal Secondary Products: Domestic Animal Exploitation in Prehistoric Europe, the Near East and the Far East, H.J. Greenfield, ed. pp. 80-102. Oxbow. 2014.
  • Life at Olszanica (S. Milisauskas and R. Whitlow). In: Environment and Subsistence – forty years after Janusz Kruk’s “Settlement Studies, S. Kadrow and P. Włodarczak, eds. Pp. 27-42. R. Habelt, Bonn and Rzeszów University. 2013.
  • Introduction, In The Archaeology of Violence: Interdisciplinary Approach, S. Ralph, ed., State University of New York Press, Albany, pp. 16-18, 2013.