Denay Grund

Graduate Student
Denay Grund


Current status: M.A. in progress

M.A. thesis title: Developing a Geomorphic and Archaeological History of Painters Flat

Denay Grund is a first-year M.A. student and a research assistant for the Great Basin Paleoindian Research Unit. She began her career looking at lithic sourcing and surface distributions at sites within the Plains, before moving to Nevada to study Great Basin archaeology. Her primary interests are in geoarchaeology and using paleoenvironmental reconstructions to determine how Paleoindians interacted with their environment. She primarily uses lithic sourcing (XRF), sediment analysis, geomorphology and GIS to look at past environments and movements of people. Her research in the Great Basin has begun with a site in southeastern Oregon and a pXRF analysis on the surface lithic scatters that were recovered. She will be studying Painters Flat, a small basin along the California-Nevada border, for her thesis. Her work will involve mapping and dating landforms along with collecting archaeological data to determine when people occupied the basin and how that changed during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition.

Academic interests

  • Geoarchaeology
  • Geomorphology
  • Archaeology of the Great Basin,
  • Paleoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Peopling of the New World
  • Lithic sourcing and technology


  • B.S., geology, University of Nebraska, Omaha, 2019