Kelsey Hanson

About Kelsey Hanson

Kelsey Hanson is an anthropological archaeologist with broad interests in the maintenance of ritual and religious practice among multi-ethnic communities, especially through the study of caves. Through a combination of fieldwork and collections-based research, she is working to integrate the multi-faceted uses of dark zone cave space into regional discourse of ritual and religious practice. She is also interested in archaeologies of movement through the study of linear features, such as trails, roads, canals, and causeways.

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.


2017–Present. Graduate Research Associate, National Register of Historic Places Nomination for Atsinna and North Atsinna Pueblos, El Morro National Monument, New Mexico.

2017. Las Cuevas Archaeological Reconnaissance Project, Cayo District, Belize.

2016–2017. Graduate Research Associate, Multiple Property Documenation Form and National Register of Historic Places Nominations for Trails at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona.

2014–2015. Graduate Research Assistant, Grand Island Rockshelter Research Program,

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, Haury 402


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