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R. Berle Clay

Research Associate/Principal Investigator, Cultural Resource Analysts Inc., Lexington, Kentucky


Education: PhD SIUC 1968;

Ohio Valley Early-Middle Woodland periods, eastern North America late prehistoric period, near-surface geophysical survey of archaeological sites; Eastern North America.

Charles Cobb

Research Associate/Associate Professor of Anthropology,University of South Carolina


Education: PhD SIUC 1988;

Archaeology, political economy, colonialism, lithic analysis; southeastern North America.

Michael Hargrave

Archaeologist, Project Manager, Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

Phone: (217) 373-5858

Education: PhD SIU 1991;

Archaeology, prehistory of the eastern United States, cultural resource management on military installations, remote sensing, site monitoring, site formation processes and military impacts.

Lucretia S. Kelly

Instructor and Research Associate, Washington University; Research Associate, Missouri State University

Phone: (618) 281-5369

Education: PhD Washington University, St. Louis 2000;

Archaeology, zooarchaeology, prehistoric and historic periods; Midwest and Southeastern North America, complex societies, ritual, feasting. 

Richard A. Kuenneke

Media Producer

Phone: (618) 967-6428

Media Producer specializing in historic content development through video, still photography, graphics and 3D animation.

Nathan J. Meissner

Research Associate

Education: Ph.D. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2014;

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Economic anthropology, lithic technology, long-distance exchange, social network analysis, factionalism, and rising social complexity

John D. Muller

Research Associate/Emeritus Professor of Anthropology


Education: PhD Harvard 1967;

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Archaeology, political economy, art analysis and culture theory; eastern North America.

Kathryn Parker

Prudence M. Rice

Research Associate/Emeritus Distinguished Professor


Education: PhD Pennsylvania State University 1967;

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Archaeology, ceramics; Mesoamerica, Andes.

Kayeleigh Sharp

Archaeologist and Research Associate


Education: MA SIU 2009; ABD SIU Present

GIS and Spatial Analysis; Special Projects: southern Illinois rock art and prehistoric landscapes, Educating with Evidence curriculum developer, PIAZ project director, Central Andes.

Izumi Shimada

Research Associate/Distinguished Professor of Anthropology

Phone: (618) 453-5023

Education: PhD Arizona 1976;

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Archaeology, complex societies, technology and craft production, urban and ceremonial centers, experimental archaeology; Andes. 

Robert H. Swenson

Associate Professor Emeritus

Phone: (618) 967-3016

Education: March Yale University School of Architecture 1969;

Architecture & urban design, historic preservation, southernmost Illinois regional history & heritage, Ohio River steamboat history, design, and construction, YouthBuild-Cairo.

Andrew VanCleve

Archaeological Field Technician and Research Associate


Education: BA SIU 2017;

Recent SIU graduate, CAI field crew member, site evaluation, lab analysis, collections research and rehabilitation.

Paul D. Welch

Research Associate/Associate Professor of Anthropology/Chair Department of Anthropology

Phone: (618) 453-4740

Education: PhD University of Michigan 1986;

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Middle range societies, evolution of political complexity, political economy, quantitative methods; Eastern North America.