Kjersti Emerson

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Kjersti E. Emerson

Kjersti Emerson

Ceramic Analyst

M.A. Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S. Sociology, Illinois State University

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General Interest/Area of Focus

Kjersti Emerson’s research involves prehistoric ceramic technologies in Illinois and the Midwest spanning Early Woodland through Protohistoric time periods. Her primary interests are focused on Upper Mississippian/Oneota groups in northern Illinois in the 13th through 16th centuries; namely, the Upper Mississippian Langford, Fisher, and Huber phases that prehistorically occupied the Chicago region.


Illinois Archaeological Survey, member

Selected Bibliography

Emerson, Kjersti E.
2013 Various chapters in Archaeological Investigations at Buffalo Chip: Woodland Habitations on the Frontier of Morgan County, Illinois, edited by Richard L. Fishel and Kjersti E. Emerson. Illinois State Archaeological Technical Report No. 150, November 2013.

Emerson, Kjersti E. and Madeleine G. Evans
2015 Late Prehistory at the Zimmerman Site: The Huber occupation of Grid B. In Protohistory at the Grand Village of the Kaskaskia: The Illinois country on the eve of colony, edited by Robert F. Mazrim, pp. 103-114. Illinois State Archaeological Survey Studies in Archaeology No. 10, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

Emerson, Kjersti E. and Thomas E. Emerson
2008 The 1940 Fisher Site Excavations, Will County, Illinois. Illinois Antiquity 43(3):13–15.

Emerson, Thomas E. and Kjersti E. Emerson
2013 Late Fisher Phase Ceramics at the Hoxie Farm Fortified Village. In The Hoxie Farm Site Fortified Village: Late Fisher Phase Occupation and Fortification in South Chicago, edited by Douglas K. Jackson and Thomas E. Emerson, pp. 245-326. Illinois State Archaeological Survey Research Report No. 27, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

Selected Papers Presented

2013 “Captured in Time: An examination of material culture patterns and activities represented on the burned structure floors of Orendorf Settlement D.” Paper presented by Kjersti Emerson at the 59th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Columbus, Ohio. Authors were Alexey Zelin, Madeleine Evans, Kjersti Emerson, and Brenda Beck.

2014 “Dismantling the Fisher-Huber Evolutionary Continuum.” Primary author with Thomas E. Emerson of paper presented at 60th annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, Champaign, Illinois.

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