Emily Rubinstein

Emily Rubinstein

Academic Interests: Sierra Nevada, landscape archaeology, geoarchaeology, human-envrironment interactions, settlement patterns, hunter-gatherers

Status: MA

Contact Information: erubinstein@nevada.unr.edu

Biography: I am a first-year MA student studying late Holocene land-use in the Sierra Nevada. I am currently compiling a database of archaeological sites throughout the Sierra Nevada, which I will then use to analyse Bedrock Mortar measurements as and indicator of the intensification of acorn use. This research is part of a larger, multidisciplinary project looking at the evidence for human-controlled burns as a way of maintaining and fostering oak groves for acorn production in the late prehistoric Sierra Nevada. I am also interested in the settlement patterns of the region and possible differences in late prehistoric land-use patterns among different ethno-linguistic groups. Before coming to UNR, I worked in Cultural Resource Management in upstate New York for three field seasons after getting my BA from Hamilton College in 2016. I have worked on archaeological projects in British Columbia, New York state and the Negev Desert before coming to UNR.