Kelly E. Graf


Kelly E. Graf
  • Associate Professor
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Anthropology
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Ph.D., University of Nevada Reno, 2008
  • Fall 2022 Office Hours: MWF 10:00 - 11:00am in FR 617 or by appt. (send me an email to request an appt.).

Contact Info

617 Fraser Hall
Lawrence
1415 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

Education

Ph.D. in Archaeology, University of Nevada Reno, 2008, Reno, NV
M.A. in Anthropology, University of Las Vegas, 2001, Las Vegas, NV

Research

Dispersal of modern humans in northern and arid environments; peopling of Northeast Asia, Beringia, and North America; Upper Paleolithic and Paleoindian archaeology; hunter-gatherer ecology and adaptations in extreme environments (arctic and arid); human-environment interactions.

Teaching

Lithic technology; geoarchaeology; environmental archaeology.

ANTH 202 Introduction to Archaeology

ANTH 204 The Prehistoric World

ANTH 204 Peoples and Cultures of the Ancient World

ANTH 302 Archaeology of North America

ANTH 304 Archaeology Roadshow: Ice Age Rocky Mountains

ANTH 330 Archaeology Roadshow: Ice Age Rocky Mountains

ANTH 330 Field Research in Anth. (Arch. Field School-AK)

ANTH 461/661 Environmental Archaeology

ANTH 461/GEOG 485/ANTH 689 Environmental Archaeology

ANTH 485 Archaeology of Environmental Catastrophes

ANTH 651 Pleistocene Prehistory of Northeast Asia and Alaska

ANTH 685 Directed Studies: Spatial Analysis of Owl Ridge Artifacts

ANTH 685 Directed Studies: Arctic and Subarctic Archaeology

ANTH 685 Directed Studies: Owl Ridge Lithic Data Analysis

ANTH 689 Pleistocene Peopling of the Old World

ANTH 689 The Paleolithic World

Teaching interests:

  • Paleolithic, Paleoindian, Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology

Selected Publications

Edited Journal Issues
Krasinski, K., C. Burke, K. E. Graf (2018) Special Issue, From Taphonomy to Human Paleoecology: A Commemorative Issue Celebrating the Career of Gary Haynes, INQUA-HABCOM President 2003-2011, Quaternary International 466(Part B):107-340. SJR: 1.16 (Q1).

Waters, M. R., T. Goebel, K. E. Graf (2019) Special Issue, The Peopling of the Americas at the End of the Pleistocene. The SAA Archaeological Record: The Magazine of the Society for American Archaeology 19(3):11-50.

Journal Articles
Goebel, T., B. Hockett, D. Rhode, K. Graf (2021) Prehistoric human response to climate change in the Bonneville basin, western north America: The Bonneville Estates Rockshelter radiocarbon chronology. Quaternary Science Reviews 260:106930. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.106930. SJR 2020: 1.88 (Q1).

Gómez Coutouly, Y. A., *A. K. Gore, C. Holmes, K. E. Graf, T. Goebel (2021) “Knapping, My Child, is Made of Errors”: Apprentice Knappers at Swan Point and Little Panguingue Creek, Two Prehistoric Sites in Central Alaska. Lithic Technology 46(1):2-26. SJR 2019: 0.39 (Q1).

Graf, K. E., N. H. Bigelow (2020) Reaktsiia Cheloveka na Klimaticheskie Usloviia Khranozony Pozdnego Driasa v Tsentral’noi Aliaska [Reactions of People to the Climatic Conditions of the Younger Dryas in Central Alaska]. Arkheologiia Arktiki 7:59-114.

Graf, K. E., *A. K. Gore, *J. A. Melton, *T. Marks, L. M. DiPietro, T. Goebel, M. R. Waters, R. Rhode (2020). Recent Excavations at Owl Ridge, Interior Alaska: Site Stratigraphy, Chronology, and Site Formation and Implications for Late Pleistocene Archaeology and Peopling of Eastern Beringia. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 35(1):3-26. https://doi.org/10.1002/gea.21754. SJR 2019:0.84 (Q1).

*Forget Brisson, L., M. Lamothe, F. Hardy, K. E. Graf (2020) Exploring the Use of Low Temperature Preheat in IRSL Dating of Feldspar in Beringian Archaeological Contexts. Radiation Measurements 136 (August 2020):1-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radmeas.2020.106387. SJR 2019: 0.59 (Q2). Phenomenon? PaleoAmerica 6(1):64-108. SJR 2019: 0.7 (Q2).

Waters, M. R., T. Goebel, K. E. Graf (2020) The Stemmed Point Tradition of Western North America. PaleoAmeria 6(1):1-3. SJR 2019: 0.7 (Q2).
Gómez-Coutouly, Y. A., K. E. Graf, *A. K. Gore, T. Goebel (2019) Little Panguingue Creek: A c. 9600 year-old Prehistoric Knapping Workshop in the Nenana Valley, Central Alaska. PaleoAmerica 5:16-31. SJR 2019: 0.7 (Q2).

Invited Book Chapters
*Puckett, N. N., K. E. Graf (accepted and in press) Chapter 4. Understanding Space at Owl Ridge, Central Alaska: Identifying Activities and Camp Use. In Diversity in Open Air Site Structure across the Pleistocene/Holocene Boundary, edited by K. Carlson and L. Bement, 24 pgs. University of Colorado Press, Boulder. Sent to print and expected by Fall 2021.

Other Publications
Waters, M., T. Goebel, K. Graf (2019) Introduction: The Peopling of the Americas at the End of the Pleistocene. The SAA Archaeological Record: The Magazine of the Society for American Archaeology 19(3):11.

Goebel, T., K. Graf (2019) Beringian Archaeology and Ancient Genomics. The SAA Archaeological Record: The Magazine of the Society for American Archaeology 19(3):21-26.

Works In Progress
DiPietro, L. M., K. E. Graf, S. G. Driese, G. E. Stinchcomb (submitted and in review) Microstratigraphy of Owl Ridge: A Small-Scale Approach to Site Formation, Soil Development, and Paleoenvironment at a Pleistocene-Holocene Boundary Site in Central Alaska. Quaternary International, 25 pp. Submitted March 2019.

Graf, K. E., T. Goebel, J. Esdale (in progress) The McDonald Creek Site: A New Older-Than-Clovis Site in Central Alaska. To be submitted by June 1, 2022 to PNAS or American Antiquity. Status: <50% written manuscript.

Graf, K. E., T. Goebel (in progress) The Sedimentology and Stratigraphy of Bonneville Estates Rockshelter. Monograph chapter reporting field and lab results of stratigraphy at Bonneville Estates Rockshelter. To be submitted by May 2022. Status: ~50% written manuscript.

Graf, K. E. (with contributions from N. Bigelow, L. DiPietro, S. G. Driese, A. K. Gore, J. A. Melton, N. N. Puckett, D. Rhode, H. L. Smith, M. R. Waters) (in progress) Owl Ridge: A Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene Hunting Camp in the Teklanika River, Central Alaska. Monograph manuscript to be submitted to Texas A&M University Press, December 31, 2021. 25-50% written manuscript.

Selected Presentations

Invited International Workshops
Henry, A., J. Esdale, K. Graf, A. Teten’kin (2019) Late Pleistocene Pyrotechnology in Northern Tundra Environments: Wood Charcoal, Burned Bones and Phytolith Data from the Sites of Kovrizhka (East Siberia) and McDonald Creek (Interior Alaska). Paper presented at PACE (Prehistoric Adaptations to Cold Environments) Workshop, Nice, France.

Organized Conferences, Symposia, Workshops, and Field Trips (International and National)
McDonald Creek and Blair Lakes: Late Pleistocene-Holocene Human Activity in the Tanana Flats of Central Alaska, April 15-17, 2021. Poster Symposium presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco (Online) (chair).

International and National Conference Presentations
Graf, K., J. A. Esdale, T. Goebel, N. Shelley, T. Urban (2021) Stratigraphy and Radiocarbon Chronology at McDonald Creek: A Multicomponent Pleistocene-Holocene Site in Central Alaska. Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco
(Online), April 15-17, 2021.

DiPietro, L. and K. E. Graf (2021) Micromorphological Analysis of Deposition, Pedogenesis, and Stratigraphic Integrity at the McDonald Creek Site, Central Alaska. Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco (Online), April 15-17, 2021.

Esdale, J., K. Graf (2021) Spatial Arrangement of the Northern Archaic Component at the McDonald Creek Site, Central Alaska. Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco (Online), April 15-17, 2021.

Forget Brisson, L., M. Lamothe, F. Hardy, K. Graf (2021) Contributions of IRSL to the Issue of Initial Settlement in the New World: The Case of the McDonald Creek Archaeological Site. Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco (Online), April 15-17, 2021.

Henry, A., J. Esdale, K. Graf (2021) New Archaeobotanical Data from the Late Pleistocene Occupations of McDonald Creek. Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco (Online), April 15-17, 2021.

Shelley, N., K. Graf (2021) A Preliminary Spatial Analysis of the Late Pleistocene Components at the McDonald Creek Site, Interior Alaska. Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco (Online), April 15-17, 2021.

Goebel, T., B. Hockett, D. Rhode, K. Graf (2020) Human Response to Climate Change in the Bonneville Basin, Western North America: The Bonneville Estates radiocarbon chronology. Poster presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Online, December 7, 2020.

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Competitive National Research Grants
Graf, K. E. (lead-PI), J. Esdale (co-PI) (2020) Supplemental Grant to New Horizons in Beringian Archaeology: Expanding Scientific Research at McDonald Creek, Alaska. Arctic Social Sciences Program, National Science Foundation, $64,770. Awarded and active until 2/2022.

Competitive Private Foundation Grants
Graf, K. E. (lead PI), *N. Shelley (co-PI) (2020) 2020 Excavations at the McDonald Creek Site, Central Alaska. The Elfrieda Frank Foundation, New York, $25,000. Awarded and active until funds used.

Graf, K. E. (PI) (2019) 2019 Excavations at the McDonald Creek Site, Central Alaska. The Elfrieda Frank Foundation, New York, $25,000. Awarded.

Memberships

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Alaska Anthropological Association
Great Basin Anthropological Association
Society for American Archaeology
International Union for Quaternary Research
International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences
Asian Paleolithic Association
Suyanngae and Her Neighbors Paleolithic Working Group