Erin Benson

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Erin Benson

Erin Benson

Archaeological Assistant

Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, anticipated 2019
M.A. in Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
B.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies, Case Western Reserve University, 2009

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 Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

General Interest/Area of Focus

Cahokia, Mississippian, Household Archaeology, Identity


Society for American Archaeology
Midwest Archaeological Conference
Southeastern Archaeological Conference
Illinois Archaeological Survey

Selected Papers Presented

2017 Composing the Late Cahokian Countryside: Excavations at the Rhea Site (11S2086), St. Clair County, Illinois. Presented at the 61st Annual Midwestern Archaeological Conference, October 19–21, Indianapolis, IN.

2016 In the Shadow of Yalbac: Results of the 2016 Salvage Excavations of Yalbac’s Hinterland Settlements. Presented at the 14th Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium, June 27–July 1, San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize.

2014 Back to the Future: Embracing New Understandings of Alternative Temporalities. Presented at the 7th Annual Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, May 23–25, Urbana, Illinois.

2014 Absorbed Residue Analysis on Two Late Mississippian Sites in the American Bottom. Presented at the 3rd Science and Archaeology Symposium, February 21, Urbana, IL.

2013 The ‘Reality’ of Other-Than-Human Persons in Place Making and Community. Presented at the 6th Annual Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, May 9–11, Chicago, IL. Primary author with Amanda J. Butler.

2012 Terminal Beginnings at the East St. Louis Mound Complex. Presented at the 69th Annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference, November 7–11, Baton Rouge, LA. Primary author with Alleen Betzenhauser.

2011 Owl Medicine: Three Ceramic Owl Effigies from the East St. Louis Mound Center. Presented at the 57th Annual Midwestern Archaeological Conference, October 13–15, La Crosse, WI. Primary author with Joseph Galloy.

2010 Feature 181: A Burnt Stirling Phase Structure at East St. Louis. Presented at the 56th Annual Midwestern Archaeological Conference, October 21–24, Bloomington, IN. Primary author with Steve Boles.

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