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Dr. Julieann Van Nest


GISc, Certificate in Geographical Information Systems, 2009, University of North Dakota
Ph.D., Geology (Quaternary Studies), 1997, University of Iowa
M.S., Geology (Quaternary Studies), 1987, University of Iowa
B.S., Geology, 1983, University of North Dakota
B.A., Anthropology, 1983, University of North Dakota


My research centers around some of the interdisciplinary aspects of Quaternary Geology and Archaeology, with special emphases on landscape archaeology and comparative studies of the earthen architecture of North American mounds and enclosures. My guiding philosophy is that every place tells an interesting story, and every archaeological site study deserves a geoarchaeological perspective to generate important primary archaeological data about the fundamental nature of sites, and to minimize the loss of contextual information from sites being destroyed.


Van Nest, J., 2008. Perch Lake's Enigmatic Mounds. Legacy: The Magazine of the New York State Museum 4, 14-15.
Kelly, J.E., Brown, J.A., Hamlin, J.M., Kelly, L.S., Kozuch, L., Parker, K., Van Nest, J., 2007. Mound 34: The Context for the Early Evidence of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex at Cahokia, in: King, A. (Ed.), Southeastern Ceremonial Complex: Chronology, Iconography, And Meaning. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, pp. 57-87.
Van Nest, J., 2006. Rediscovering This Earth: Some Ethnogeological Aspects of the Illinois Valley Hopewell Mounds, in: Charles, D.K., Buikstra, J.E. (Eds.), Recreating Hopewell. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 402-426.
Charles, D.K., Van Nest, J., Buikstra, J.E., 2004. From the Earth: Minerals and Meaning in the Hopewellian World, in: Boivin, N., Owoc, M.A. (Eds.), Soils, Stones And Symbols: Archaeological And Anthropological Perspectives On The Mineral World. University College London Press, London, pp. 43-70.