Vanessa N. Hanvey

  • Ph.D. Student
  • Anthropological Archaeology
  • Anthropology
Appt. Available Upon Request
Other Affiliations:
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Southeastern Archaeological Conference
  • Society for Georgia Archaeology
  • UK Department of Mathematics
  • UK Deptartment of Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
Research Interests:

My career in archaeology began at the University of Georgia, where I graduated with Honors in 2011 with a B.A. in Anthropology. I worked at the UGA Laboratory of Archaeology as an undergraduate and blame the wonderful archaeologists there for setting me on my current path! Following graduation, the Arkansas Archeological Survey hired me as Research Assistant. Working at the Henderson State University Research Station, I conducted research alongside Dr. Mary Beth Trubitt, who inspired my passion for public outreach and intrigue with stone tool technologies. With the support of my colleagues at ARAS, I decided to attend graduate school and arrived in Lexington, KY, in 2014, as part of the Anthropological Archaeology doctoral program. My research focuses on the sociality of people practicing a hunter-gatherer subsistence strategy during the Late Archaic period of the Southeastern United States; I utilize morphometric analysis of stone tools to gain insight into the trans-generational knowledge associated with communities of stone toolmakers.


Ph.D. Anthropological Archaeology, University of Kentucky, In Progress

B.A. (Hons) Anthropology, University of Georgia, 2011 (Honors Thesis, Geology Minor, Certificate of Archaeological Science)

Awards, Assistantships, and Grants:
2018     University of Kentucky Provost's Outstanding Teaching Award Nomination
2017     William Y. Adams Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student
2017     University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award
2017     Graduate Student Congress Outstanding Service Award, Nominee
2014-2017 Teaching Assistantship, University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology
2016     Susan Abbott-Jamieson Pre-Dissertation Research Fund Award
2015-2016 University of Kentucky Graduate School Travel Funding
2012     Arkansas Archeological Society Archeological Research Fund Grant
2011     University of Georgia Department of Anthropology Head’s Award
Service to Profession:
Secretary (2016-2017), Distinguished Lecturer Series Committee (2016-2018)
Chair (2015-2016), Chair-Elect (2014-2015)
Public Relations Coordinator, Travel Funding Committee Chair (2015-2016)
University of Kentucky Archaeology Roundtable Series
Committee Member (2015-2016)
Mary Beth Trubitt, Tyler Stumpf, Vanessa N. Hanvey, and John Samuelson
Publications and Reports:

2014     Vanessa N. Hanvey, Predictive Modeling of a Caddo Structure in the Ouachita Mountains, Montgomery County, Arkansas. Caddo Archaeological Journal 24:43-52.

2014     Vanessa N. Hanvey, Mary Beth Trubitt, and Jami J. Lockhart, Investigating a Community in the Borderlands: Archeological Testing at Two Sites in the Saline River Valley, Arkansas. Limited distribution report, Arkansas Archeological Survey, Henderson State University Research Station, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

2014     Vanessa N. Hanvey, Radiocarbon Dates for the Arkadelphia Canoe. Field Notes (Newsletter of the Arkansas Archeological Society) 379:3-4.

2014     Arkansas Archeological Society Ouachita Chapter, What’s for Supper? Native American Foods in the Ouachita Mountains. Ouachita Chapter Arkansas Archeological Society, Hot Springs, AR.

2013     Vanessa N. Hanvey, ARF Grant Funds AMS Date from Caddo Structure at 3SA295. Field Notes (Newsletter of the Arkansas Archeological Society) 374:3-6.

2012     Mary Beth Trubitt and Vanessa N. HanveyA Cultural Resources Survey of Arkadelphia’s Ouachita Bluff Property, Clark County, Arkansas. Limited distribution report, Arkansas Archeological Survey, Henderson State University Research Station, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

2011     Vanessa N. HanveySpatial and Temporal Analysis of the Ceramics at the Burnt Village, 9TP9. Unpublished Honors Thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia.

Select Presentations:

2017     Tyler R. Stumpf, Vanessa N. Hanvey, and Richard W. Jefferies, Searching for Spanish Footprints: Recent Geophysical Prospection on Sapelo Island, Georgia. Poster presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, BC.


2016     Vanessa N. HanveyCharacterizing the Archaic Period in the Flint and Chattahoochee River Valleys of Georgia. Poster presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Athens, GA.


2015     Vanessa N. Hanvey, Karen Stevens, Michael Loughlin, Steve Ahler, and Tyler Stumpf, Raw Material Procurement and Use at an Archaic Period Site on the Cumberland River, Trigg County, Kentucky. Paper presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Nashville.

2014     Mary Beth Trubitt, Meeks Etchieson, Leslie L. Bush, and Vanessa N. HanveyA Caddo Community in the Ouachita Mountains. Paper presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Caddo Conference, Tyler, TX.

2013     Vanessa N. HanveyPredictive Modeling of a Caddo Structure in the Ouachita Mountains, Montgomery County, Arkansas. Paper presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Tampa Bay.

2013     Vanessa N. HanveyA Fresh Look at a Mound Site on the Saline River. Paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Caddo Conference, Tulsa.

2012     Vanessa N. Hanvey, Jessica Howe, Robert Scott, and Jami Lockhart, The Borderlands Project: A Closer Look at the Transitional Zone between the Caddo and Mississippian Cultural Regions. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Caddo Conference, Natchitoches.

2011     Mary Beth Trubitt and Vanessa N. HanveyReconstructing the Novaculite Reduction Sequence at Jones Mill, Arkansas. Poster presented at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Jacksonville.


2011     Vanessa N. HanveySpatial and Temporal Analysis of the Ceramics and Lithics at the Burnt Village, 9TP9. Paper presented at the Georgia Academy of Science Conference, Augusta.

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