Kristina Crawford

Graduate Student
Kristina Crawford


Current status: Ph.D. Candidate

Ph.D. dissertation title: Explaining Provisioning and Landscape Use in the Orderly Anarchy of the Late Holocene Sacramento Valley, California

Kristina Crawford is a Ph.D. candidate. Her dissertation research examines economic integration and production of hunter-gatherers in the northern Sacramento Valley of California. She received a Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship for the 2019-2020 and is a current member of Phi Kappa Phi. She has maintained a career in a cultural resource management setting in both private consulting and federal and state agencies for over 20 years. She has been a crew chief, a field director, a project manager and a principal investigator on numerous projects that have included survey, excavation, archival research, evaluation, stakeholder coordination, public outreach and compliance in prehistoric and historic archaeological contexts in northern and southern California, southern Oregon and the western Great Basin.

Academic interests

  • Prehistoric archaeology with a focus on late Holocene hunter-gatherers in the California and the Great Basin
  • Contemporary and historical archaeology
  • Ethnobotanical and traditional foodways knowledge
  • Toolstone sourcing
  • GIS spatial analysis
  • Cultural resource management

Recent publications

  • 2020. Morgan, Christopher, Marielle Black, Amanda Rankin, Kristina Crawford and Mark Giambastini. The Ecology of the Alpine Villages of Eastern California. In Cowboy Ecologist: Essays in Honor of Robert L. Bettinger, edited by Roshanne S. Bakhtiary, Terry L. Jones, and Michael G. Delacorte, pp. 135-155. CARD 19. Center for Archaeological Research at Davis, Davis, CA.
  • 2016 Crawford, Kristina. Evolution of Automobile Roads in Nevada. In Situ: Newsletter of the Nevada Archaeological Association 20(2):2-6.
  • 2011 Crawford, Kristina. Daily Bread: Prehistoric Cooking Features in the Northern Sacramento Valley, California. Unpublished M.A. Thesis.
  • 2005 Crawford, Kristina. In the Sheep: Aspen Carvings as Indicators of Land Capacity and Use. Society for California Archaeology Newsletter. 39(1): 26-29.
  • 2002 White, Greg and Kristina Crawford. An Early Ceramic Industry from Colusa County. Wagon Wheels, a Publication of the Colusi County Historical Society. 52(2): 16-24.


  • M.A., California State University, Chico, 2011