Kelsey Hanson

About Kelsey Hanson

Kelsey Hanson ia an anthropological archaeologist with broad interests in religion, ritual, and cultural landscapes in North America. She is currently engaging with these topics through the study of caves, using concepts of performance to consider the role of secrecy in religious traditions.She is also interested in the intersection of geologic events and the construction of social histories.

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.

Research Interests

North American archaeology; Ritual and religious practice; Karst landscapes; Dark zone caves; GIS and geospatial analysis; Landscape archaeology; Interpretations of Linear Resources; Archaeologies of movement; Experimental archaeology

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Contact Information

Graduate Associate
Office: Southwest Archaeology Lab


M.S. in Anthropology (Prehistoric Archaeology), Illinois State University, 2016
B.S. in Anthropology, Grand Valley State University 2014