Megan McGuinness

Graduate Student
Megan McGuinness


Current status: M.A. in progress

M.A. thesis title: Western Stemmed Tradition and Mobility: Interpreting Paleoindian Settlement Patterns in the Northern Great Basin (working title)

Megan McGuinness is a second-year M.A. student and research assistant for the Great Basin Paleoindian Research Unit. She began her interest in Great Basin archeology after her field school experience at Rimrock Draw Rockshelter in south-central Oregon. Her primary interests are lithic technology, geoarchaeology and Paleoindian subsistence and mobility patterns. Before coming to Nevada, Megan received her B.S. in anthropology at Eastern Oregon University, where she analyzed lithic tool technology found in the northern Great Basin. She has volunteered with federal agencies and worked for cultural resource management companies in Oregon. Megan is currently working on her thesis using the Ideal Free Distribution model to understand Paleoindian mobility in the northern Great Basin.

Academic interests

  • Paleoindian archaeology
  • Lithic technology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Subsistence
  • Mobility practices


  • B.S., anthropology/sociology, Eastern Oregon University, 2020