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Jordan Schaefer

Ph.D. Candidate


Preferred pronouns: he/him

Subdiscipline: Archaeology


Jordan Schaefer is a PhD candidate with interests in cave archaeology and rock art. His research uses digital methods, such as geographic information systems (GIS) and photogrammetry, to document and analyze the locations of rock art within the landscape. Jordan is currently using this approach in his dissertation, which seeks to understand the distribution of petroglyphs within a dark-zone cave in Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau.



Southeastern U.S., cave archaeology, rock art, geographic information systems, spatial analysis, photogrammetry


M.A., University of Arkansas. Anthropology. 2018.

  • Thesis: "Decisions Set in Stone: Spatial Analyses of Ozark Rock Art Sites, Elements, and Motifs with GIS"


B.A., Lindenwood University. Anthropology. 2016.

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • University Honors

Professional Service

Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Society for American Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, American Rock Art Research Association

Contact Information

  • Chair: Dr. Jan Simek