Mairead K. Poulin

About Mairead K. Poulin

Mairead Poulin is a second-year student in the Archaeology program. Her research interests center on the ways that communities of the past and present engage with ancestral iconography and artistic design in daily life, particularly in identity- and memory-centered practices. Her work has been focused on the prehistoric North American Southwest, but she maintains interest in historic archaeologies of the Southwest and beyond. She is also interested in indigenous archaeology and using oral histories and modern ethnography as aids to intrepret the archaeological record.

Mairead is pursuing a multidisciplinary minor in American Indian Studies and Museum Studies, and is interested in anthropology education, heritage protection, and the politics of museum representations of Native American groups.

Mairead has conducted fieldwork in Northern Arizona, Southwestern Colorado, Northern New Mexico and Eastern Ireland. She has also worked at the Williamstown Historical Museum in collections and administration, the Field Museum in repatriation, and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center as a field intern.

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant, Summer Field School:

ANTH 442/542 Field Training in Archaeology - AKA Picuris Pueblo Field School (Summer 2018)

Teaching Assistant, Discussion Section Instructor:

ANTH 160: Origins of Human Diversity (Spring 2018)

Teaching Assistant, Grader:

CLAS 160: Classical Mythology (Fall 2017)

Areas of Study

North American Southwest


University of Arizona:

2018-present El Morro Inscription Rock Project

2018-present Picuris Pueblo Field School

2017-2018 Nomadic Archaeologies in the Northern Rio Grande Project

2015-present Rock Art Ranch Research Project

Others (selected):

2016 Basketmaker Communities Project, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

2016 Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project, Irish Archaeology Field School

Research Interests

Identity, Design, Iconography, Landscape, Practice, Memory, Intergroup communication, Material culture, Rock art, Indigenous archaeology, Postcolonial archaeology, Archaeology of art, Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of archaeology

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Contact Information

Office: Haury 402 (Southwest Archaeology Lab)


M.A. Anthropology (Archaeology), University of Arizona (expected 2019)

A.B. Anthropology and Psychology, Smith College (2016)