Research Interests: Hunter-Gatherers, Anthropology of Hunting, Global Human Expansion, Underwater Archaeology
Ashley Lemke is a doctoral candidate in the department of Anthropology and the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan. Her primary research interests include the anthropology of hunting and archaeology of hunter-gatherers, specifically prehistoric subsistence and diversity of foraging strategies. These research questions have led her to work in North America and Europe on both terrestrial and underwater archaeological projects from the Lower Paleolithic to 19th-century Nunamiut archaeological sites in the high arctic.
As a prehistoric underwater archaeologist, Lemke’s doctoral dissertation seeks to understand the social and economic organization of caribou hunters 9,000 years ago. Her research involves an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle survey and systematic excavation of ancient caribou hunting sites 120 feet below Lake Huron.