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Katherine Stevenson

Operations Manager
Archaeology Center
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Specialty area(s)

Wisconsin and Midwestern archaeology, Cultural Resource Management (CRM), subsistence and faunal analysis, mortuary site issues, collections management

Brief biography

I am an anthropological archaeologist with a long-term interest in the Upper Midwest, particularly the Driftless area, Upper Mississippi Valley, and surrounding regions. I have a strong commitment to regional research, site planning and preservation, and ethical and sensitive approaches to cultural resource management (CRM). My position as Operations Manager of the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center (MVAC) at UWL offers the opportunity to combine these interests with public outreach and educational activities that have been a key part of MVAC's mission since its founding in 1982.


PhD 1985, Anthropology (Archaeology), University of Wisconsin-Madison

MA 1979, Anthropology (Archaeology), University of Wisconsin-Madison

BA in Anthropology, Northern Illinois University


Research and publishing

Co-editor, The Wisconsin Archeologist



Katherine Stevenson, Archaeology & Anthropology, presented "Stewardship of Native American Collections: NAGPRA Basics and Resources, Sensitivity and Collaboration" at Local History and Historic Preservation Conference on Oct. 20 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Stevenson, Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at UWL, joined co-panelists Jennifer Haas, UW-Milwaukee; Liz Leith, UW-Madison; and Jackie Pozza Reisner, Wisconsin Historical Society, to provide information on the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and ethical treatment of Native American items currently held in collections, including at local historical societies and small museums.

Submitted on: Oct. 23, 2023



Constance Arzigian, Archaeology & Anthropology; and Wendy Holtz-Leith, Katherine Stevenson and Vicki Twinde-Javner, all MVAC; served as MAC Conference Co-Chairs. The 2022 Midwest Archaeological Conference was held in La Crosse on October 13-15, with over 250 archaeologists from around the Midwest sharing their research in 114 papers in symposia, general sessions, and workshops. A major component was a panel session by Wisconsin's Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, supported by UWL and other Wisconsin Colleges and Universities as part of the conference theme, Sharing Perspectives. Cynthia Stiles, Tribal Archaeologist (retired) Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, coordinated Indigenous participation in the conference.

Submitted on: Oct. 17, 2022



Katherine Stevenson, Archaeology & Anthropology, was named a Board Member of the Wisconsin Burial Sites Preservation Board on June 23. Dr. Stevenson, Operations Manager at the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, has been reappointed by Governor Tony Evers for a three-year term. First appointed in 2018, she is one of three archaeologists on the Board, along with three Tribal representatives and three Wisconsin Historical Society representatives. The Board is an independent panel that helps administer Wisconsin’s burial sites laws.

Submitted on: June 24, 2022



Wendy Holtz-Leith and Katherine Stevenson, both Archaeology & Anthropology, presented "Under City Streets: Case Studies in Urban Archaeology" at Local History & Historic Preservation Conference on Nov. 2, 2017 in La Crosse, WI.

Submitted on: Nov. 2, 2017



Jean Dowiasch, Wendy Holtz-Leith and Katherine Stevenson, all Archaeology & Anthropology, presented "What Is This? Basic Identification of Pre-Contact Artifacts" at Local History & Historic Preservation Conference on Nov. 2, 2017 in La Crosse, WI.

Submitted on: Nov. 2, 2017