About Kelsey E. Hanson
Kelsey E. Hanson ia a North American anthropological archaeologist with broad interests in craft specialization, traditional knowledge, power, performance, and paint technology. Operating at the disciplinary intersections of archaeology, conservation science, and ethnography, her doctoral research is centered on the development and eventual dissolution of the Chaco World through the analysis of paint technology. By focusing on paint technology as a proxy for traditional knowledge, her doctoral research treats the circulation of traditional knowledge as an alternative foundation of power. Beyond this, Kelsey is devoted to seeking creative solutions to heritage management and actively seeks to make archaeological praxis collaborative, restorative, and accessible to diverse communities.
Interested in learning more about Kelsey's developing dissertation research? Watch Hanson's recent Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society lecture titled: "Technologies of Capturing Color: Paint Practice and its Analysis in U.S. Southwest Material Culture" on Youtube!
Additionally, she has conducted experimental archaeological research in the Laboratory for Traditional Technology exploring the role of ceramic technology in acorn oil rendering, a short description of which can be found here.
Hanson, Kelsey E. 2019. Constructing and Anchoring Waterscapes: Intersections of Post-Glacial Coastal Geomorphology, Archaeology, and Anishinaabe Ontologies in the Upper Great Lakes. The Wisconsin Archeologist 100(1&2):69–82. PDF available on academia.edu and researchgate.net.
Hanson, Kelsey E., Paula L. Bryant, Autumn M. Painter, and James M. Skibo. 2019. Acorn Processing and Pottery Use in the Upper Great Lakes: An Experimental Comparison of Stone Boiling and Ceramic Technology. Ethnoarchaeology: Journal of Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Experimental Studies 11(2):1–16. PDF available on academia.edu and researchgate.net.
Instructor of Record, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona:
- ANTH AIS 346: Clovis to Coronado: Ancient Peoples of the Southwest, Spring 2021
- ANTH 160A1: World Archaeology, Summer 2020
Teaching Associate, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona:
- ANTH 160A1: World Archaeology, Fall 2019
- ANTH 265: Human Evolution, Spring 2017
- ANTH AIS 346: Clovis to Coronado: Ancient Peoples of the Southwest, Fall 2016
Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State University:
- ANT 381, Archaeological Field School (Grand Island Archaeological Program), Summer 2015
- ANT 265, Human Origins, Fall 2015
2018–Present, Graduate Research Associate, cyberSW
2017–2020, Graduate Research Associate, Inscription Rock Archaeological District National Register Nomination Team Lead, El Morro National Monument
2016–2017, Graduate Research Associate, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument National Register Nomrination Team Lead, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
2016, Field Intern, Basketmaker Communities Project, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
2014–2016, Graduate Research Assistant, Grand Island Archaeological Program, Illinois State University and Hiawatha National Forest
North American archaeology; Performance, especially analyses of performance venues; Craft specialization; Identity construction; Paint production; Ritual and religious practice; Karst landscapes; GIS and geospatial analysis; Landscape archaeology; Experimental archaeology
M.S. in Anthropology (Prehistoric Archaeology), Illinois State University, 2016
B.S. in Anthropology, Grand Valley State University 2014