Lisa C. Young

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Lisa C. Young

Lecturer IV, Anthropology; Research Affiliate, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology

101 West Hall, 1085. S. University Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107

Office Location(s): 231-A West Hall
Phone: 734.764.3337
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Research Affiliate, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan
    • University Associate, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona
  • About

    Community is a central organizing theme of my research.  My fieldwork focuses on the Homol’ovi area of northeastern Arizona.  This area is an ideal location to explore variation in the organization of farming communities in arid environments and my interest in the role of archaeology in contemporary communities.

    Archaeological research on communities in the American Southwest has largely focused on easily identifiable residential communities, such as large pueblos or aggregated sites that were common after A.D. 1200.  Less is known about communities in earlier time periods and in areas where settlements were less nucleated.  My research examines the origins and development of small-scale farming communities in the Southwest during the 1st millennium AD and questions about diversity in communities that used different types of vernacular architecture during the 12th and early 13th centuries.

    The Southwest is an ideal place to explore my interests in the interplay between archaeology and present-day communities because the general public, including Native peoples, frequently visit archaeological sites.  My long-term field project is centered on Homolovi State Park — a venue that provides opportunities for me to share my research with the general public.  As part of collaborative teams, I have developed a variety of innovative ways to communicate archaeological research with the public, including a podcast, a field blog, and exhibits.

  • Research Areas of Interest
    • North American archaeology (Southwest)
    • arid-land farming
    • household and community organization
    • mobility and storage
    • public archaeology
    • museum anthropology, especially community engagement