Ashlee Younie


Academic Interests: historic archaeology, landscape and identity, occupation and identity, resource exploitation, Hawaiian paniolo culture, historic ranching

Status: MA

Previous Degrees: BAsc (2011), University of Nevada, Reno Agriculture and Applied Economics

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Biography: A Nevada native, Ashlee is a first-year master's student researching historic ranching in Aurora, Nevada and on the Big Island of Hawai’i. She is utilizing her degree in Natural Resource and Agricultural Economics to analyze the material culture and landscapes of historic ranching. Her research includes a field school in historical archaeology (2011) centered on the relationships of occupation, ethnicity, and the group at Hawaiian paniolo ranching sites on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Ashlee is savoring the opportunity to contribute to investigations of 19th Century Ranching in Hawai’i. Additional research includes the role of TA for the Aurora Neighborhoods Project. Summer research during the 2012 and 2013 field seasons will contribute to her upcoming thesis. Ashlee facilitates an artifact’s journey from field to lab as the primary lab manager for the Aurora Neighborhoods Project. Her duties include artifact cataloging and research. Her thesis work stems from her interest in the economic and foodways patterns in Aurora, NV to examine how the booming and busting mining town used the landscape and exploited resources both natural and through trade.