Shelby Saper

Graduate Student
Shelby Saper poses for a picture in front of a volcanic area with molten lava shooting from the ground.


Shelby Saper is a first-year Ph.D. student and research assistant for the Great Basin Paleoindian Research Unit. She received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Oregon, where she analyzed early Holocene projectile points found in the northern Great Basin. After graduating in 2020, Shelby conducted fieldwork in Washington and Oregon for a private CRM firm based in Portland. Her current research examines the similarities between stemmed traditions found in the Great Basin and on the northern Channel Islands. Shelby is also interested in understanding the factors that may have led to a migration divergence from the Pacific Coast towards the interior during the terminal Pleistocene.

Academic interests

  • Lithic Technology
  • Peopling of the Americas
  • Great Basin
  • Paleoindian Archaeology
  • Channel Islands
  • Paleocoastal Archaeology


B.A., Anthropology, University of Oregon, 2020