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Jordan Schaefer

Ph.D. Student

Biography

I’m a PhD student focusing on archaeology. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood University while working as a lab technician and doing historic preservation over the summers. After that, I obtained my Master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, where I researched rock art spatial distributions in the Ozarks. During my time as a graduate student, I also taught weekly sections of the Intro to Cultural Anthropology course. I’ve worked on multiple sites over the past several years, ranging from Civil War battlefields to secluded bluff shelters.

Some of my research interests include religion, expressive and material culture, human-environment interaction, and ethnohistory. I am fascinated by the different ways people come to understand the world around them, whether physical or spiritual. On a methodological level, I like to use landscape perspectives, geographic information systems, spatial analysis, and quantitative anthropology to help us comprehend the behaviors of people in the past. My current research combines photogrammetry and GIS in an attempt to develop ways to quantitatively study Mississippian rock art.