Kaitlyn Mansfield

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Academic Interests:  Hunter-gatherer archaeology, human behavioral ecology, paleoecology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction

Status: PhD Student

Previous degrees: M.A. (2017) Anthropology, Boise State University; B.A. (2015) Anthropology, Boise State University; A.A. (2012) Anthropology, College of Southern Idaho

M.A. Thesis title: "Spangle Lakes: An Investigation of Late Archaic Human Land-Use within the Sawtooth Mountains"

Biography: Kaitlyn is a first year Ph.D. student who has interests in understanding hunter-gatherer land-use within paleoecological and paleoenvironmental contexts. Recently, she focused on understanding how hunter-gatherers during the Middle and Late Archaic used marginal environments, with a particular emphasis on mountain landscapes. This focus informed her MA research, which entailed investigating Late Archaic hunter-gatherer land-use behaviors within the Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho. For her Ph.D., she is planning on expanding her understanding of the transition that occurred in land-use patterns within  montane environments during the Middle and Late Archaic.

She is most familiar with archaeology from Idaho and the Great Basin from the Middle to Late Archaic and has participated in surveys and excavations conducted through Boise State University from 2014 to 2017.

Kaitlyn is a part of the Human Paleoecology and Archaeometry Laboratory at UNR.

Contact Information: kmansfield@nevada.unr.edu

Publications and Presentations:

2017  Spangle Lakes: An Investigation of Late Archaic Human Land-use in the Sawtooth Mountains. M.A. Thesis, Department of Anthropology, Boise State University, Boise Idaho.

2016  An Investigation of Late Archaic Human Land-use in the Sawtooth Mountains Idaho. Paper presented at the Idaho Archaeological Society Conference, Boise State University, Boise Idaho.                         

2016  Archaeological Test Excavation at the Swenson Site (10-EL-1417), Paper presented at the Idaho Archaeological Society Conference, Boise State University, Boise Idaho.