Brooks Range, Alaska
Connecting our knowledge of the present with our knowledge of the past has always fascinated me. I began my career in archaeology at a 10,000-year-old hunting camp in Alaska, near the Gerstle River. Six weeks of camping, freeze dried food, and hard digging later, I had fallen in love with the science of the past.
Though I have excavated at sites around the globe, I keep coming back to central Alaska where I grew up. Athabascans have thrived in this dramatic landscape for more than ten thousand years. They overcame challenges related to a changing environment and shifting social dynamics in unique ways that archaeologists have only recently come to appreciate. Unraveling these complex strategies presents a puzzle that can provide deeper insight into human behavior throughout our species' history.
Since my field school at Gerstle River almost a decade ago, I have been lucky enough to travel the world to excavate sites and lead projects that span our species' history and crisscross the globe.
I have led excavations at this late Holocene hunting camp for the last three summers with the Center for the Environmental Management of Military Lands. We found over 5000 artifacts that I have analyzed with Senna Catenacci, an undergraduate research mentee, at the University of Michigan.
Kodiak Island, Alaska