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Our staff has earned the reputation of being one of the top cultural resource organizations in the Midwest. We have a permanent staff of 16, with 7 full time archaeologists. 

Ten senior staff with advanced degrees in Archaeology or Geography are qualified to serve as Principal Investigators under the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

Two senior archaeologists are approved to conduct Burial Site authentications in the state of Minnesota, and four have been approved to investigate and excavate human remains in Wisconsin.

A full time architectural historian, an archaeobotanist, an archaeozoologist, and two specialists in archaeology education complete our staff of in-house experts.


MVAC Staff:

Constance M. Arzigian Ph.D. - Laboratory Director, Research Associate and Paleoethnobotinist

Robert "Ernie" Boszhardt M.A. - Associate Director, Research Associate, Regional Archaeologist

Jody Bruce B.S. - Program Assistant

Kathleen M. Brosius B.A. - Research Archaeologist and Laboratory Supervisor

Bonnie L. Christensen M.E.P.D. - Director of Public Education, Webmaster, and Graphic Specialist

Jean M. Dowiasch B.S. - Educational Coordinator and Graphic Specialist

Wendy K. Holtz-Leith B.S. - Research Archaeologist

Ryan Howell M.A. - Research Archaeologist

Barbara M. Kooiman M.A. - Architectural Historian and Historian

Marcee H. Peplinski B.A. - Business Manager and Development Director

Thomas C. Pleger Ph.D. - Adjunct Archaeologist, Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Archaeology at University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Lawrence University

James L. Theler Ph.D. - Research Archaeologist and Professor of Sociology/Anthropology at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Joseph A. Tiffany Ph.D. - Executive Director and Professor of Archaeology at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Vicki L. Twinde M.S. - Research Archaeologist



Stratomorph Geomorph Exploration, Inc. - Geoprobe and vibracore deep coring and geomorphology

Katherine Stevenson, Ph.D., archaeologist, technical editor, Maplewood, MN

GIS Lab - Geographic Information Systems Lab, Department of Geography and Earth Science, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

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*MVAC Educational Programs are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
*This project was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.  Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.