Graduate Student Research

Diana Barg

bARGDiana’s research is focused on analyzing human and natural modification of faunal remains at the Paleoindian Hudson-Meng site in Sioux County, Nebraska.  She will evaluate taphonomic and cultural processes occurring throughout the site in order to identify different episodes of human use associated with the Brady paleosol.


Andrew Craft

CraftAndrew’s thesis research is studying spatial patterns of material culture at the Fur Trade era Grand Portage site on the eastern tip of the Minnesota “Arrowhead.”  Craft’s thesis will aid in establishing the locations and functions of different buildings that were historically documented at the site but have not been successfully relocated.


Jon DeMent

DeMentJon’s thesis research is using GIS to georeference late 19th century maps of pre-contact mound sites around Lake Mille Lacs in east-central Minnesota and will then ground truth the modeled locations, many of which have not been revisited over the last 100 years.  Jon is working closely with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Cultural Resources Office as part of this research.


Austin Jenkins

JenkinsAustin’s thesis research is using GIS to correlate a number of natural and cultural geographic variables with Woodland site distributions for Cass County, MN.  His variables include subsistence resources as well as humanly made features such as historic trails.


Andrew Kurth

KurthAndrew’s thesis research is focused on determining the site function of a Paleoindian occupation at the AJM site on Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  He is using multiple analytic approaches, including high-magnification microwear analysis, to determine tool manufacture and use strategies.


Lindsay Marshall

MarshallLindsay’s thesis research focuses on evaluating the correlation between early Euro-American ethnic identity and architectural traditions for 19th century log cabin construction in Carver County, MN.  Her data indicate that although non-tangible elements of immigrant culture such as language were preserved over time, unique architectural elements were lost.


Mathew Mattson

MattsonMatt’s thesis research focuses on analyzing gunflints and percussion caps at the Fur Trade era Horseshoe Bay site in Cass County, MN.  He will use these data to establish a chronology for occupation of the site as well as examining the socio-economic relationships between European traders and Native American communities.


Michael McQuin

DeMentMichael’s thesis research will reconstruct the paleoenvironmental context for the Paleoindian Burghduff site in Harding County, South Dakota.  Michael is analyzing phytolith samples from deposits preceding, contemporary with, and post-dating the two episodes of human occupation, as well as a sample from a cultural feature dating to the older occupation level.


Jennifer Norman

NormanJennifer’s thesis research evaluates the effects of tree throw on archaeological sites in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Superior National Forest.  Her study examines the site formation processes involved in tree throw and how this might affect our understanding of sites in similar settings.


Tyler Olsen

OlsonTyler’s thesis research evaluates two different shovel testing strategies using both simple random and stratified sampling techniques at two topographic saddles in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  His results will aid in designing effective subsurface sampling strategies for similar environments throughout the Superior National Forest.


Lindsey Reiners

ReinersLindsey’s research focuses on analyzing Lake Benton pottery from three sites in Douglas County, MN.  Her goal is to source the clay used to make the pottery to determine if the site residents were local or migrated into the area from elsewhere.  Here analytical techniques include thin section analysis, XRD, and SEM methods for identifying clay mineralogy.


Jennifer Rovanpera

RovanperaJennifer’s research evaluates the sequence of occupation at the Lillian Joyce site, located on Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  She is using attribute analysis of lithic artifacts to evaluate manufacture strategies for three occupation zones at the site in order to determine patterns of variability in site function and raw material selection over time.


Greg Schwab

SchwabGreg’s thesis research focuses on surveying the Nueve Cerros karst ridge system in eastern Guatemala to identify use of caves by pre-contact Mayan people.  Greg located numerous caves with evidence of ritual use in relation to a large prehistoric Mayan salt production center.


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